First hand on red meat expt : Kheema vada/Minced meat patties

Paranoid, is the next word I would link when I think of cooking red meat. I love mutton briyani and kheema vada only when my mum cooks  with 'special' ? meat my dad buys. Oh yes am too picky when it comes to lamb. Reason is, meat what we we normally get is from sheep but the one my dad hunts and gets for us is tender goat. Am pretty sure your preference would change once you have tasted the tender goat meat. Being a food blogger I wanted to show am brave enough to give it a try and handle the strong flavor (according to me) and a small inspiration did the magic!

I invited Finnish family friends for an Indian lunch, kheema vada, chicken dum briyani, chicken gravy, potato bean fry, raita and suji (semolina) halwa was the menu. Was excited to cook as I was cooking even dum briyani was  for the first time. Spice level for the entire food was moderate, since invites were elders, perfect for them to relish. Here goes the recipe. Was I satisfied? partially yes but still what mum makes is the best :D From today I have increased the size of the picture, haven't yet changed my previous post pictures, will do it slowly, kindly ignore the strange size difference on the page!

Kindly note the spice level for this vada was deliberately kept moderate. Kindly  change according to your taste.

300 gram minced lamb
50 gram roasted split chick peas
2 green chili
3 cloves
1 inch cardamon stick 

2 piece of 2.5 inch fresh coconut
1 tspn ginger garlicpaste
1 large onions (finely shopped)
4 tbspn of finely chopped coriander
3 tbspn of finely chopped mint
1/4 tspn turmeric powder
salt according to taste
1 egg white
oil to deep fry

Pressure cook/ steam minced meat, green chili, salt and turmeric. Cool down to room temperature after it is cooked. Drain the excess water let it dry for a while  Keep aside cooked green chili separately.

Grind, cloves, cardamon, coconut, ginger garlic paste, cooked green chili and roasted chick peas, till are fine. Add cooked meat into the mixer, give a quick blend so masala is well incorporated (3 to 5 seconds, should be more than enough) (Don't make it soft, else the vada texture will be ruined)

If required add more salt, throw in one egg  white, chopped coriander, chopped mint  to the meat dough and mix well. Egg white will help in binding and brings good crispness.
(If you don't drain water well after meat is cooked, meat dough will not be good, if it is soft and soggy,  in that case don't add egg,  instead add more roasted chick peas powder) 

Make desired size balls and deep fry in hot oil. Till they are golden brown. Serve hot


My Kitchen Antics September 29, 2010 at 8:54 PM  

oh my god..u made all that??? excellent..cant wait for the dum biryani recipe...and the potato and bean fry also looks interesting..
I actually totally understand what you mean by goat meat tastes awesome. We dont buy lamb here at all just cos it smells and tastes awful...

The patties look lovely..i guess il try it with beef instead.

Anonymous September 29, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

Ooooo...ananda...so much food! Looking at those beans and potato stir fry...I ll skip all my dinner plans and go and make it rightaway :) Kababs[or vadas if u say so]...look so cute...grl u put in so much effort in shaping and even cooking...u got patience grl :) tempting clicks!
I do not like lamb meat...I cannot have it minced even but thats the only option we mortals have in the foreign land.I miss mutton biryanis and kebabs dearly.

Priya Suresh September 29, 2010 at 9:43 PM  

Wowww ravisihing mutton briyanis and droolworthy cute looking kebabs...very tempting and mouthwatering..

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com September 29, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

a lot of careful work Ananda - a feast indeed !

Shabitha Karthikeyan September 30, 2010 at 12:26 AM  

Lovely spread. Drool worthy kheema vada. Liked your pictures so much !!

Suji September 30, 2010 at 12:47 AM  

You are a perfectionist Ananda..I can see that might have come from your researcher brains huuh?

I am sure your guests must have gone wowoooo with that beautiful spread of dishes...

Meat patties looks perfect with lovely and amazing clicks..

Definitely waiting for rest of the recipes ....


Yours Truly September 30, 2010 at 1:12 AM  

oh my those look amazingly meaty delicious. love your dinner table presentation with all the yummy foods!

Madhuri Krishna Bhat September 30, 2010 at 3:43 AM  

wow wow wow! they are simply superb... Shud show this to my husband... he is a big fan!!

Satya September 30, 2010 at 6:52 AM  

wow what a visual feast , irresistible...wonderful clicks too ...


Treat and Trick September 30, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

What a yummy spread! You have done it so well, congrats. I wanna join your party?

? September 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

It all looks so delicious; the kheema patties look perfect!

Urmi September 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

Tempting and mouth watering dishes. Very beautiful presentation.

Daisy Roshan September 30, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

woow.....all the dishes are droolworthy....awesome, superb...

Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear September 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

Oh Ananda, tender baby kid is THE most delicious meat but lamb is what we get here in the UK. Probably my favourite meat! What a brilliant job you have made of it!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch September 30, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

I've only tried lamb in a gyro sandwich :) Loved it there, too! Your food looks so good!! I'll be right over for dinner :)

Angie's Recipes September 30, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

wow I am so impressed! They all look so tasty, but I love your meat patties, absolutely gorgeous!

Namitha September 30, 2010 at 11:17 PM  

Wow man what a treat...Shall I come over one day ?

aipi October 1, 2010 at 1:18 AM  

Oh my..what a lavish spread..very very beautiful presentation..the guests must have really enjoyed it!

US Masala

Joyti October 1, 2010 at 6:31 AM  

What a fantastic lunch that all must have been. YUM!

Aparna S Mallya October 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM  

WOW! that's a great piece of work.

Cheah October 1, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

Wow, that's a sumptous spread and so much effort!

Devaki October 3, 2010 at 4:06 PM  

Dear Ananda - What a feast! I am uber impressed with your effort and the stellar results. Fantabulous!

Now I must attend to my growling tummy :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Rach October 3, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

Thanks for dropping by and for your sweet comment. Enjoyed your beautiful space here :-)

NIDHYA October 3, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

WOW!!! Wish i were one among your Finnish invites...awesome dishes Ananda.

Following you and thanks for dropping by my blog.

Aaha Oho

Lav October 4, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

Ananda, drooling pics.....OMG how did u manage to cook so many things....super duper :)!! yummy yummy !!



Sarah Naveen October 4, 2010 at 6:05 PM  

Oh that was an awesome party menu..wish i lived near by!! those kheema balls and biriyani is making me drool!!!! yummy!!!

Hamsi October 5, 2010 at 4:43 AM  

Fabulous menu of Dum Briyani and Kheema vada. Its mouthwatering and is very perfect.
Very much inviting. Ahaaaaaa!

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,

Sanchita October 5, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

You cooked all that in one day??? Wow! Lots of food! Must have been a great lunch! :)

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Jayanthy Kumaran October 5, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

Hy dear,
Thanx for dropping by...

wat a wonderful feast to eyes...absolutely stunning clicks...too tempting...:)

Tasty Appetite

Aparna S Mallya October 5, 2010 at 9:19 PM  

oh wow, what a delicious spread!!

MaryMoh October 8, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

That's a lot of good food there. Love your meat balls...so perfect in size! Gosh I admire you for that. Love the colour and presentation. They look so neat that at first glance I thought they are cookies...haha. Love your big pictures. Beautiful photography as usual.

Unknown October 24, 2010 at 6:34 PM  

Thanks guys all you comments drives me for next post :)

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