Chicken Malai Kebab or Murgh Malai Kebab with Step by Step Photos
The pitter-patter of raindrops is like a clarion call for grilled foods. And to satiate that craving I made this Chicken Malai Kebab or Murgh Malai Kebab with a twist. This Chicken Malai Kebab or Murgh Malai Kebab comes with a twist. Making an excellent and starter recipe for a lunch/dinner is tough but this Chicken Malai Kabab recipe, made with Mayo and cheese, is a delicious, melt-in-the-mouth recipe one can drool over. Chicken Malai Kebab or Murgh Malai Kebab is a juicy succulent barbecue starter from the Mughlai Cuisine. Fresh cream is the dominant ingredient in this recipe and gets its name too from it.
Malai for Punjabis ends in Chicken Malai Kebab
Punjabis go bonkers over Malai. Malai was added to dal once it was cooked, added to gravies, even a malai ki sabzi. Poured on palak paneer, malai on tea and coffee referred to as malai maar ke! Malai is not fresh cream but it’s the thick cream that makes a layer on top of boiled and cooled milk. My mom used to boil the milk daily in a huge kadhai and before going to bed she would transfer the remaining milk into a small container and would call me to lick off the kadhai and I loved doing that.
Chicken Malai KebabTales from Punjab
There is an interesting tale about licking the kadhai. It is said that if you have licked kadhais in childhood then it will rain on your wedding day. Now my husband to be also licked kadhais and it started raining heavily on the day before my wedding we got married. It rained through the night and the roads were flooded. I was woken up at 4 am and asked to tie a red thread to the rain drain pipe. This was sent by my mother-in-law to be. I tied the thread and wonder of wonders the rain almost stopped in a couple of hours. I swear I am not making all this up and it is all true believe it or not!
Bread Malai Toast
I was a skinny child and skinny teenager and my mom used to try to fatten me up with layering my bread with malai and then a sprinkling of sugar on it. (This was my breakfast most days of the week. I used to protest but I really loved it and still do but never eat) Nowadays I get one measly packet of skimmed milk for yoghurt or buttermilk and I have not seen malai for years. Sigh!!
Murgh Malai Kebab
In this Malai kebab, I added 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise instead of cream. I did add a tablespoon of cream but not more. Also, I added a ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese. A spoonful of pepper, ginger garlic paste. Mixed all the ingredients and rubbed the mixture on to 250 gms of boneless chicken. After covering it and setting it aside for a few hours, I skewered them on kebab sticks and shallow fried them in a pan.
250 Gms boneless chicken cubes
1 tbsp cream optional
Salt to taste
½ tsp. Crushed black peppercorns
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp. Ginger-garlic paste
4 tbsps Mayonaise
½ cup grated mozzarella or processed cheese
Take the chicken pieces in a bowl. The chicken should be washed and pat dry.
Add salt, crushed peppercorns, lemon juice and ginger-garlic paste and mix well.
Now add the Mayo, cheese, and mix well.
Set aside to marinate for 2 hours. Coat the chicken pieces nicely
Skewer the chicken and grill on a pan.
Heat a pan and add oil to it.
Arrange the chicken skewers on it. Flip the chicken and grill from all sides.
Finally serve Chicken Malai kebab, hot with onion rings and lemon wedges.
Soft, tasty, juicy and with a generous helping of Mayo, Murg Malai Kebab is tempting, tender, succulent and flavourful pieces of chicken that melt in the mouth.