North Indian Bihari Goat Kebab

The fruit in this recipe is traditional and the papaya in particular tenderises as well as sweetens the meat.

Serves 4

Recipe time:


600g diced kid (or use kid chops)

500g new potatoes – peeled and cut into bite-size pieces

1 small red onion – ½ very finely chopped, ½ thinly sliced

2 cloves of garlic – finely chopped

Fresh ginger – finely chopped to make 2 tsp

50g fresh papaya or mango (or if you can find papaya powder use that – or even amchoor – dried sour mango powder)

2 tsp garam marsala

1 tsp poppy seeds

1 tsp chilli powder – or more to taste – go quite hot if you like!

A big pinch of ground star anise or ground fennel


  1. Blend the fruit with the garlic, ginger, ½ tsp salt and the spices to a smooth paste.
  2. Mix the paste with the meat then thread onto skewers and leave to one side for up to one hour.
  3. Grill over a medium hot flame for 3 – 5 minutes on each side or until beginning to char around the edges and cooked through or to your liking.
  4. Best served wrapped in paratha or in a soft roll with a squeeze of lemon juice and a big pinch each of chopped onions and parsley.
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