Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ground Turkey Kebabs

These soft flavorful Ground Turkey kebabs make a great snack food.


For Marination:

  • 1 pound minced Turkey
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp green chili chopped fine
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onions
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • ¼ cup mint leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon/lime juice
  • 1 tsp brown cardamoms coarsely ground
  • 1 tsp black pepper coarsely ground
  • 1 tsp red chili powder(optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil


  • 1 egg
  • Fresh breadcrumbs of 2 slices of bread or 2-3 tbsp dry breadcrumbs
  • Cooking Oil for deep frying


  • Mix all the ingredients in the mince and marinate for 1 to 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Combine marinated mixture, eggs, and breadcrumbs. Knead the mixture well like dough for Chapati (flat bread).
  • Now take approximately 2 tbsp of mixture in your hand. Place it in the center of your palm. Roll it to form a smooth ball.
  • Heat oil and deep fry until brown on medium heat.
  • Serve hot with green chutney and green salad.

Do You Know?

The Turkey is often cited as the culprit in after dinner lethargy. Turkey contains L-tryptophan, an essential amino acid (present in all proteins), which is documented with sleep inducing effect. Tryptophan metabolizes into serotonin and melatonin neurotransmitters that exert a calming effect and regulates sleep.

Actually tryptophan from turkey alone is not what makes us tired, it is the carbohydrate-rich (as opposed to protein-rich) meal that increases the level of this amino acid in the brain and leads to serotonin synthesis and thus contributes to the exhaustion and drowsiness after the meal.

Carbohydrates stimulate the pancreas to secrete insulin. When this occurs, some amino acids that compete with tryptophan leave the bloodstream and enter muscle cells. This causes an increase in the relative concentration of tryptophan in the bloodstream. Serotonin is synthesized and you feel that familiar sleepy feeling.

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