Appetizer, Beef, Italian, Pakistani / Indian, Ramadan Recipes

(Bajra) Millet Flour Kebabs


These delicious gluten free millet flour (bajra) kebabs are a part of my family for 3 generations. A unique batter made with millet flour and white vinegar gives these delicious kebabs a distinct flavor unlike any other kebabs you have ever tried. I learnt to make these from my mother who has always been my role model in the kitchen.

You can use beef, chicken, ground beef or raw shrimps to make these kebabs but in my opinion beef tastes the best. Keep in mind that the onions are sliced not too thin or too thick because the kebabs fry golden and crisp the onions add a great crunch and flavor when you bite into the kebabs. Unlike traditional kebabs these kebabs are not given a shape before deep frying them, they are more free form as you drop a tablespoon full of batter into the hot oil. I am always extra generous with the spices because that’s how my family prefers it but you can definitely reduce the spice level according to taste, however, make sure to not skimp on the roasted cumin and coriander powder or whole seeds because the smoky, earthy flavor of the spices compliments the millet flour beautifully.

Millet flour can be found at any Pakistani/Indian grocery store. Keep in mind, once you open the package, freeze the remaining flour until next use.
The spices
The veggies and herbs

This is a perfect appetizer to serve at tea time and a Ramadan special in my family. I hope you enjoy this recipe! Serve these delicious kebabs with my famous (Imli) Tamrind and Date Chutney or my super simple Green Chutney Enjoy!

(Bajra) Millet Flour Kebabs

Recipe by Fatima Maniya SoortyCourse: AppetizerCuisine: PakistaniDifficulty: easy


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Gluten free millet flour kebabs are unique and delicious.


  • 1 lb boneless beef chunks (1/2 inch pieces)

  • 1 tsp ginger paste

  • 1tsp garlic paste

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 2 tbsp roasted cumin and coriander powder

  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • 1/2 tsp crushed red chili flakes

  • 2 tbsp whole roasted cumin and coriander seeds

  • 1 medium onion sliced

  • 1 medium tomato chopped

  • 1 green chilis chopped

  • Handful of cilantro roughly chopped

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 3/4 cup distilled vinegar

  • 1 cup millet flour (bajra)

  • 1 cup oil for deep frying


  • In a bowl marinate the meat with ginger, garlic paste and all the spices plus salt for 2 hours at least ( the longer the better)
  • /2 hour before frying add the onion, tomato, green chili, cilantro and millet flour to the meat. Slowly start incorporating he distilled vinegar and make a batter for the kebabs.
  • Heat oil in a wok and drop tbsp full batter into the oil and deep fry the kebabs until golden and crispy.
  • Enjoy with my delicious date and tamarind chutney

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