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Keto Malai Kebab

A Keto Chicken Kebab

A lot of people seem to think Indian food is very carb heavy. While this is true to an extent, there is a huge range of Indian food that falls under the Keto friendly umbrella. I personally find Chinese food to be less Keto friendly because of the sauces they use, which do contain a fair amount of sugar. However I digress (and before I begin a Keto war). Kebabs are a Keto friendly staple at any Indian restaurant and they are also great to make at home. The process is pretty simple and between a home BBQ, oven or a frying pan, you can make them taste delicious.

Most of you know me as the Indian guy who doesn’t like spicy food. Which is why I rarely enjoyed Indian food or ever wanted to visit an Indian restaurant (I still don’t). The times that I did find myself at one I always ended up ordering a Reshmi Tikka or a Malai Tikka. Since I’ve already made a Keto Reshmi Tikka I figured now was as good a time as any to make a killer Keto Malai Kebab. This is a simple chicken kebab made with cheese, cream and just 2 spices, cardamon and black pepper.

Malai = Cream

For those who don’t speak Hindi or aren’t familiar with Indian cuisine, malai effectively meals cream. So for anyone who plans to ask me for a dairy free option, use coconut cream but it will taste nothing like a Malai kebab, it’s like asking for an eggless omelet. When it comes to kebabs I always prefer to use the leg and thigh meat as it’s more succulent, juicy and doesn’t cook (dry out) like chicken breast does. While I cooked these on the cast iron pan you can make them in the oven (cook at the highest temp).

One of the things I also mentioned was the Indian processed cheese, this refers to what we get in stores called as ‘block cheese’. It’s very unique to India (the brand is irrelevant but Amul & Britannia are the ones I see used most). It’s not really a cheddar and thankfully it’s made from milk and not vegetable fat or something. If you can’t get your hands on this you can always use any other hard cheese or something like cheddar.

 

Keto Malai KebabsNutrition Info (Per serving)

  • Calories: 290
  • Net Carbs: 1g
  • Carbs: 1g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Fiber: 0g

This recipe makes 4 servings. Get this recipe on myfitnesspal.

 

For everyone asking about that stove stop grill mesh that I am using with the handle. It’s called a Papad Jali in India. It’s available on Amazon. Click here to buy.

Keto Malai Kebab
Keto Malai Kebab
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A delicious creamy and cheesy chicken kebab
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 1 hour
Keto Malai Kebab
Keto Malai Kebab
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Votes: 5
Rating: 4.8
You:
Rate this recipe!
A delicious creamy and cheesy chicken kebab
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 1 hour
Ingredients
  • 500 grams Boneless Chicken Leg and Thigh Meat
  • 100 ml Heavy Cream/Double Cream
  • 50 grams Cheese Ideally Indian Processed Cheese like Britannia or Amul (Block Cheese)
  • 10 grams Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 Tsp Ghee For the marinade plus additional for cooking
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Cardamom Powder
  • Juice of half a lime
Servings: people
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Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken into kebab size pieces.
  2. In a bowl mix the cheese, cream, ginger garlic paste, salt, pepper, cardamom powder and lime juice. Mix everything well till you have a nice creamy marinade.
  3. Add in the chicken and give it all a good mix. Set aside to marinate overnight or for at least 1 hour.
  4. To cook the kebabs skewer them and fry on a cast iron or non stick pan. You can alternatively cook them in the oven as well at the highest temperature.
  5. I like to finish these off by giving them a char on the stove with the naked flame.
  6. Serve with chutney and lime.
Recipe Notes

Soak the skewers in water before using them. This prevents them burning.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Mojtaba
    September 19, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Fresh new recipe!
    I like to cook in oven, so if the highest temp is 230°C, how much you think is enough for it to cook in the oven?

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      Sahil Makhija
      September 20, 2018 at 2:45 am

      Yeah so about 15-20 minutes should be fine.

  • Reply
    Anne M
    September 19, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Sahil, I love your recipes. Please consider putting the nutritional info into the recipe itself (after the directions) so it prints with the recipe itself.
    Thank you.

  • Reply
    Zahid waqar
    September 21, 2018 at 4:44 am

    I like your recipes

  • Reply
    Johanne
    September 23, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Great recipe! My husband and I just started keto and we just love your recipes and music!

  • Reply
    Rohitesh Sharma
    December 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Can I use Malai directly from milk or I need to use the packaged variety in Keto?

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      December 6, 2018 at 3:09 am

      As long as that malai has a similar carb count and fat content I don’t see why not.

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