Why are Shami Kebabs one of our best selling products?

Chicken shami kebabs

It simply comes down to quality. Not compromising on the ratios: maintaining the standard of production day in, day out. Qzeen’s Homemade Shami Kebabs are dominated by chicken/beef shredded by hand, bound by pulses with mild spices and herbs. A dozen Shami Kebabs would weigh above 700 to 1000 grams.

The story of Shami Kebabs goes that these were invented by a chef to a Nawab (nobleman) who had lost all his teeth due to his general overindulgence. In order to keep enjoying his chef’s food, the Nawab asked the chef to create something that meant he could eat meat without having to chew. This gave rise to the Shami Kebab!

Considered as King of the Pakistani tea trolley, may it be Eid or a casual drop-in at a friend’s house, the delicious delight is always a hot accompaniment.

Sanjay Thumma, celebrity chef and author, in his article ‘Shami Kebab’ pens:

Shami or Shami kebab literally means the Syrian kebab (Syria is called Sham in Urdu and Hindi) in Arabic. During the Mughal era, Muslim immigrants from the Middle East introduced this kebab to South Asia. The Mughals had employed cooks from all over the Muslim world to serve in the royal kitchens and some of the cooks were from Syria.

Another source states that the word Sham is evening in Hindi and Urdu, and Sham-e-Awadh (evenings in Lucknow), during the days of the Nawabs were unforgettable. Some people also believe that Shami Kebabs originate from the famous village of Sham Churasi in the Hoshiarpur district of Punjab.

Lucknow is acclaimed for its gastronomic sophistication, extravagant lifestyle, and love for the performing arts. Its kitchens (called bawarchi khanas) took pride of place in the royal courts, as did their bawarchis or rakabdars (gourmet cooks). The richness of Lucknawi cuisine is in its variety and ingredients, like the subtle flavors of a [perfect] Shammi Kebab.

The silky Shami kebabs are a wonderful side to any meal, but they can be enjoyed on their own with a side of hot naan, onions, and spicy mint chutney. The street bun kebabs sold by street vendors in the subcontinent, more so a specialty of Karachi, is a classic example of where you can make use of our homemade shami kebabs!

Here are our top recommendations to have shami kebabs:

  1. Toast with butter, Shami Kebab, and a half fried egg on top of it with some salt and pepper
  2. Daal chawal with Shami Kebab
  3. Flying saucer with  Shami Kebab
  4. Anda paratha with Shami Kebab
  5. Anda shami burger using Shami Kebab

Order our homemade chicken shami kebabs from our website and get them delivered to your doorsteps. Available in Lahore.

Link HERE to place your order!

Please follow the following instructions to cook so that you can prepare it well:

  1. Take the Shami Kebabs out of the freezer to defrost
  2. Sprinkle few drops of oil in a pan, place the kebabs in it, cover it with a lid, and prepare on low heat for 3 to 5 minutes
  3. Remove on tissue paper when golden brown

You may store them in the freezer, they will be good for 3 to 4 months.

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