Egyptian-Pakistani family in Malaysia share a favourite breaking fast recipe

Dr Sobia shares her family's favourite kebab recipe.

Pakistani dentist Dr Sobia Bilal and her Egyptian husband Bilal Rashid love preparing their family’s favourite dishes for breaking fast in Ramadan. They have lived in Kuala Lumpur for the past eight years and enjoy the local cuisine.

But for breaking fast, it is the dishes from their homelands that they like. One of Dr Sobia’s family’s favourite Ramadan treats is kebabs, and she is sharing her trusted recipe for everyone to try.

Have a blessed Ramadan, and hope you enjoy this dish. To read about Dr Sobia's family's Ramadan traditions, click on this story.


1 kg mutton/chicken mince or boneless cubes

4 small onions, cut coarsely

4 cups water

½ cup chana dal

4 cardamom

2 inch cinnamon stick

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

5-6 green chilies

Salt to taste

1½ tsps turmeric powder

2 tsp red chilli powder

2 tbs ginger/garlic paste

a bunch of coriander

1 egg

oil for frying

In a pan, put in the minced meat, onion, water, chana dal, cardamoms, cinnamon, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander and cumin seeds and ginger/garlic paste.

Cook till all the water has evaporated and the meat is tender.

After cooling to room temperature, grind the meat in a food processor with the green chillies, coriander and egg. Add one finely chopped onion to the mixture.

Shape into round flat kababs. Heat the oil and fry them in a pan until they turn golden brown.

Serve hot with a spicy dip, some lemon slices and any accompaniments you like.

You can even store them in the refrigerator for up to two days or freeze them for over a month.

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