Murgh Malai Kebab

The best thing we like about murgh (chicken) malai kebab is that it’s the easiest of kebab to make and tastes the best. The fusion of cheese and cream sauce with chicken grilled in oven produces a kebab that literally melts in the mouth. The secret behind murgh malai kebab to be so tender and succulent is simply the use of a meat tenderizer. If you cannot find off the shelf meat tenderizer then just use minced raw papaya skin instead. The use of meat tenderizer breaks the bonds in meat protein thus making it soft, easier to cook and digest.

In the marination we have used sour cream. As an alternative to sour cream, regular cream mixed with hung yogurt can also be used. Though traditionally grilled in a tandoor, at home this can be grilled on a charcoal grill or in a conventional electric oven. The easiest thing about using oven in this recipe is to use the highest temperature the oven offers. If the oven has broil feature then use broil feature or pre-heat the oven to 500 F. Just put the skewers in oven in broil mode or at 500 F and turn the skewers after 8 to 10 minutes and grill them for another 8 to 10 minutes and that’s it.  Enjoy them as an appetizer with sliced onions and coriander chutney or wrap them up in  chapati to make a roll.

Watch our video for the recipe and if you follow our video exactly you will be really amazed by the results. We ourselves were amazed when we first made it by following the recipe from chef Sanjay Thumma.

Ingredients Summary

Boneless Chicken Breast – 1.5 lbs (~750 gms); Ground Black Pepper – 1 tsp; Meat Tenderizer – 1 tsp; Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp; Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp; Shredded Cheddar Cheese – 1/2 cup; Sour Cream – 3 tbsp; Green Chili – 5; Coriander Leaves – 1/2 cup; Salt – 1 tsp; Oil – 1 tbsp;

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11 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. It looks to be a perfect party food. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

    • You are most welcome. Please let me know how it come out.

  2. Dada I was thinking.. why dont we open a eatout somewhere in goa.. and have a ball.. buy some land.. make a hut and enjoy our lives cooking and eating all day… gr88 naa…

    • yes.. lemme know when u buy that piece of land first.. lol.

  3. It’s really tasty. Please suggest if we can add mint leaves with coriander and green chillies would it taste different.

  4. I LOVE this recipe! This goes in my recipe bookmarks. This is a perfect summer cookout dish to bring for a potluck. Instant ticket to food celebrity status! 🙂 And yes – you must buy a plot of land in Goa and open a restaurant 🙂 And in Goa you don’t even need land… just open a shack on the beach! lol!

  5. My husband and were in Mumbai for a week and ordered this dish at Leopold at least three times and when we got home I googled it because I had to have it again…your version is even better! It is spectacular! We make it on the grill and it comes out perfect every time. Thank you for sharing! Love your video too. 🙂

  6. Hi,
    Lovely recipe,please specify where you bought this metal sheekh set up which you used to pierce the chicken and baked in the oven.

  7. Hi,
    I meant to ask where in usa did you purchase this metal set up on which you placed the skewered chicken to bake it in the oven.What is this set up called?

    • Hi bought it from “bed bath and beyond”. Its called a roasting rack. thanks.

  8. Hi ,
    Lovely receipes. I have become fan of your cooking after watching these videos. Can you post more recent cooking videos please? I would love to watch and cook food your way.


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