Veg Chapli Kebab

Cooking Method
Cuisine , ,
Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 60 min Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 8

Veg Chapli Kebab (also called Kabob) is a vegetarian adaptation of the traditional street food from the Pashtun cuisine (Afghan & Peshawari) which is made with meat. The key ingredients in this recipe are cauliflower, potatoes, and a combination of pea protein, wheat flour, and corn starch, to bring a texture that is very similar to meat-based Kebab.  A unique fusion of flavors from Afghan and Indian cuisines.

  • 1 cup Cauliflower (Boiled & grated)
  • 1 cup Potato (Boiled & grated)
  • 1 Large onion (Minced)
  • 2 Indian green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro- chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes (Deseeded and grated)
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon juice
  • Spices
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin powder
  • 3 teaspoons Kasoori methi - crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper powder
  • Flours
  • 3/4 cups Pea protein or finely ground pea powder
  • 3/4 cups Wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon Corn starch
  • Other ingredients
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1/3 cup Thick yogurt / curd
  • 2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup Cooking oil
  1. Prepare the Vegetables
    1. Cut a Cauliflower head into 2 pieces and boil them in water for 5 minutes
    2. Grate the cauliflower using a grater or mince it using a food processor
    3. Boil the Potato until it is semi-soft. Grate it using a grater.
    4. Grate the onions and tomato separately
    5. Chop finely the green chilies or grind them into a fine paste
  2. Mix all ingredients
    1. Take a large mixing bowl
    2. First mix yogurt and all the spice powders
    3. Then add all flours and make them well
    4. Then add all vegetables and herbs, eggs (beaten well), and other ingredients listed. Mix well to form a soft dough 
  3. Preparing the Kebabs

    ( I used a shallow frying method but you may choose to deep fry. Shallow frying is a more healthy option )

    1. Take a thick bottom frying pan and add 1 Tablespoon oil
    2. Take ⅓ Cup of Kabab dough and press it into a round flat patty in the palm of your hands. If the dough is sticking to your hands, you can apply oil to the palm of your hands.
    3. The Kababs should be about ½ to ⅔ rd inch thick and about 2.5 inch in diameter.
    4. Place the Kababs in the frying pan when the oil is hot. Depending on the size of the frying pan, we can vary the number of Kababs that can be fried simultaneously.
    5. Just make sure that the pan is not cramped and it is easy to flip the kebabs
    6. Once you place the kebabs in the frying pan, let the kebabs cook for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
    7. The kebabs need enough time to cook as they are thick and also of higher density due to the flours added.
    8. After about 4-5 minutes, take a spatula and slowly flip each Kabab and let them fry on the other side for another 5 minutes.
    9. Add some more cooking oil 
    10. A good way to tell if the Kababs are well cooked is to check the color - a golden brown color on both sides with some darker streaks of browning indicates the Kababs are well cooked.
    11. Do not flip too many times. Keep the heat at a medium level as it helps in uniform cooking. After you taste the first Kabab you can tell if the duration of cooking is right or not. Adjust the duration of frying accordingly.
  4. Serving
    •  Serve the Chapli Kababs while they are still warm
    • You can serve them with naan bread or rice pilav
    • The Chapli kebabs can also be served as an appetizer or side dish along with freshly cut onions, lemon and a variety of Chutneys for dipping
    • The Chapli Kababs can also be eaten like a burger or sandwich - Coat each layer of burger buns with Indian mint chutney and Ketchup, place the Chapli kabab patty in the middle with a layer of grated lettuce, thinly cut onions, and tomatoes.
  5. Step-By-Step Pictures

  • You can refrigerate the Kabab dough mixture for 2-3 days and bring it to room temperature before frying
  • You may also freeze the prepared Veg Chapli Kebabs for upto a month - before you are ready to eat, thaw the Kebabs and bake them in an oven for about 15 minutes at 400F. You may also fry the Kebabs on a pan with a little spreading of cooking oil.


Keywords: Chapli, Kabab, Kebab, Kabob, Pashtun, Afghan cuisine, Patty, Peshawari, pakistan, vegetarian, Indian, spicy, burger,
Vinay Mummigatti

I love traveling, cooking, and reading. This blog is a reflection of my passion for cooking. Food is a representation of culture and I have tried to assimilate foods from different cultures across the world. I am an Indian by birth who moved to the USA 20 years back. I hope my recipes and articles bring new experiences and joy to the readers. Please share your comments and feedback.