Chapli Kabab – Low Calorie

chapli kababChapli kabab is very popular in Peshawar – Pakistan. I love kabab in general but chapli kabab is at the top of my list.

chapli kabab 1 

Everything is heavenly about this kabab except the way it is cooked. It’s actually deep-fried and I have to be honest, this contributed in the amazing taste and delicious crispy edges.

chapli kabab 2 

Keeping the entire flavor in and cutting down the calories, I’ve made a low calorie version which you can enjoy with plain rice or low carb side dish.

Chapli kabab is very spicy, so I usually have it with yogurt and cucumber salad, which you can see a dollop of it on the chapli kabab in pictures.

The calories calculated do not include the bread and the toppings.

Chapli kabab

Serves 2. One serving is 237 calories.


200 gm ground beef

1 egg white

1/2 medium onion chopped

1/2 teaspoon crushed cumin seed

1  chopped hot green chili

1  medium tomato chopped


1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder

1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves

1 tablespoon oil for frying

- To large bowl, add all ingredients.

- Mix gently, which will allow beef to stay fluffy and tender when cooked.

- Shape into 2 patties about 1 inch high. Press the center of the patty gently with three fingers. Cover and freeze for 10 minutes.

- Add one tablespoon oil to a frying pan, fry the chapli kabab for 4-5 minutes on each side. Do not press it while frying.

- You might see dark patches on the chapli kabab, even the edges might turn dark, but that’s alright, this because the egg white which is cooked before any other ingredient.

- When done, remove the kabab, cover immediately and wait at least 5 minutes before serving. This will allow the meat to rest and hold its shape.


6 Comments on Chapli Kabab – Low Calorie

  1. Medeja
    15/10/2013 at 8:56 am (1 year ago)

    Thank you for making it more healthy! I try to stay away from deep fried food, but frying with a little bit of oil I could :D

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    16/10/2013 at 7:51 am (1 year ago)

    Can’t believe it’s just 237kcal per portion! I meant it looks hearty and delicious!

  3. Rosa
    18/10/2013 at 6:15 pm (1 year ago)

    Scrumptiously healthy!



  4. Nami | JOC
    18/10/2013 at 7:46 pm (1 year ago)

    So healthy and delicious! And you make it look so easy to prepare too. :)

  5. shu
    01/11/2013 at 5:22 am (1 year ago)

    Looks amazing! As always, I find it so hard to believe you manage to make your food all so inredibly low-cal / healthy! I’m not one to fret about calories usually, but it’s always nice to know that there’s a healthy alternative out there! Good one!

  6. Lubna Karim
    05/11/2013 at 8:59 am (1 year ago)

    This looks fab…..though the list of ingredients is minimal….i bet it would have tasted yum….


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