Monday, 22 June 2015

Pathar Ke Kebab Recipe

Pathar Ke Kebab Recipe or How to make Pathar Ke Kebab

Recently I have gained some knowledge about Hyderabadi cuisine and been making an effort to try them. Hyderabad is really a house packed for meat lovers and I am a strict meat lover.

When someone suggested to me that I make Pathar Ke Kebab, I was fascinated by this unique way to make kebabs. Kebabs cooked on stone slab, as the name suggests, are done so quickly and add a unique flavour. Just the cooking process makes it interesting. Though mutton takes longer to cook but I guess the marination and the method of cooking made it really tender in short time.

It was an improvisation of a chef of a Nizam who would demand delicious mutton (goat meat) kebabs while hunting in the woods. The chef burnt some charcoal, put a stone slab on it and cooked some kebabs over it and then it became a famous dish in Hyderabad.

Pathar Ke Kebab
Pathar Ke Kebab

Pathar Ke Kebab
Pathar Ke Kebab
In hyderabad it is done on unpolished granite but I had a long marble slab which I used. Idea is to cook on stone.

Let me get straight to the recipe.

Pathar Ke Kebab


Pathar Ke Kebab literally means Kebabs cooked on stone. It includes heating stone over charcoal and then cooking meat on it.

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Cook time:
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Yield: Serves 2

Boneless Pieces of mutton, flattened for even cooking
Curd for marination
Desi Ghee Or clarified butter
Raw Papaya
Garam Masala
Turmeric Powder
Red chilli powder
Dhaniya or Coriander powder
Black pepper powder
Juice of a lemon
Salt to taste


1st Marinade
  1. To the mutton, Add raw papaya pulp, lemon juice, salt, red chilli powder and turmeric powder and mix well.
  2. Leave to marinade for 30 minutes
2nd Marinade
  1. Add rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Leave to marinade for 5-6 hours.
  3. Do taste the marinade to check for salt and flavor that you want before letting it rest.

  1. As you can see in the pic above, burn some coal in your barbeque.
  2. Put a slab of stone or marble as I used.
  3. Let it heat. After some time just sprinkle some water on slab, if it sizzles it means it is hot enough.
  4. Now put the kebabs on stone, 4-5 at a time.
  5. Keep turning them over.
  6. It will take 10-15 minutes for them to cook. But do check if they are done as it might vary.

That's it! You Pathar ke Kebabs are ready. Eat them with onions and green chutney. They are going to be so succulent and tender and delicious, you will savor them for a long time.

I know it is a little tedious, but then results will be worth it!

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