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Delicious and easy Middle-eastern "Vegan kebabs":

Updated: Apr 1, 2022

Kebabs are ubiquitous fast-food, can be created in so many ways, with so many variations! These originated in the Middle-east but have gained so much popularity all over the world due to its versatility!

This is a very easy-peasy, everyday recipe for black-eyed beans or peas (also called cowpeas). Even though it is such an ignored bean, each cup (raw) of this bean has 13 grams of protein and 11 grams fiber, has a low-glycemic index of 13, and it's a bean which is also higher in polyphenols. The richness of soluble fiber makes it a prebiotic (therefore stimulates the growth of the beneficial bacteria in the gut to help foster a healthy flora).

"Beans have a good amount of phytic acid content. Phytic acid can impair the absorption of minerals like iron, zinc, and calcium. Soaking beans prior to consumption is a very important first step which helps boost nutrients absorption".

easy Indian kebab, black eye beans kebab, vegetarian kebab

Let's start cooking!








Soak time: 3-4 hours

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 min

Serves: 3-4


  • 2 cups raw black-eyed beans

  • few cloves garlic

  • 1" ginger piece grated

  • 1/2 c onion, roughly chopped

  • 3-5 Tbsp olive oil for stovetop cooking

  • 1/2 rolled oats

  • jalapenos, 1/4, diced


  • paprika/chili powder (optional), 1 tsp

  • coriander powder, 2 Tbsp

  • salt, to taste

  • kebab spice, 2-3 Tbsp

  • garam masala, 1 Tbsp

  • lemon juice, 1 Tbsp


  • wash and soak black-eyed beans for at least 4 hrs with 4 times of water, it'll almost double in size

  • in your blender or food processor, combine soaked beans, rolled oats, ginger, garlic, and onion

  • coarse grind it, add a splash (use minimal- up to 2-3 tbsp of water) if required

  • add the dry spices and cilantro, then at least lime juice of 1/2 lime

  • cook it on a non-stick pan, forming any desired shape. Use spatula and spoon to form into a desirable shape (oval or round). Finger-shape works best if you would like to roll it in naan or flatbread easily. You could also enjoy these as round burger patties.

Serve with a side of- cilantro-mint chutney OR sweet and tangy sweet dates chutney, naan, wrap or flatbread OR as a burger patty


  • a non-runny, coarse consistency is desirable, so avoid adding any extra water. I would recommend a food processor or blender with a tamper.

  • in case it becomes little runny, leave it in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour or so, it should thicken.

  • goes well in flatbreads/roti with chutneys or as a side or if round, as a veggie patty.

  • it comes in very handy for packed lunches

Give this recipe a try and would love to hear which version of this did you make and how did it come out? Enjoy! :)


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