Kebab Festival Covent Garden

Kebab Festival at Colonel Saab Covent Garden

Get stuck in this summer for over a month of special delicacies, Colonel Saab will be showcasing an extraordinary menu of superior kebabs. We are rebranding the timeworn dish and bringing you what a true Indian kebab should be. Through this menu, Colonel Saab looks to present evolution, passion, history, and the resilient culture of Indian food.

India has been a force of culinary expertise with a true passion for cuisine for many centuries. Our chefs have focused attention on each and every detail. Paying homage to Indian custom - whilst also ensuring there is something for everyone - enabling each dish to tell a story of its heritage. This menu will be available from 20th June to 30th July 2022.

Restaurant Covent Garden Kebab Festival

Originally established in the bustling streets of Gol Darwaza in the Chowk area of Lucknow in 1905, it was here that Haji – Murad Ali, more fondly remembered as ‘Tunday Kababi’ sold his delicious kebabs for more than a hundred years, and built a legacy to envy.

Seekh Kebab were originally known as Shish Kebab and was introduced to India by the Turks (particularly Turkish traders). In Turkish, the word shish actually means a "sword” or skewer and the word kebab means "to roast”.

Traditionally after hunting in ancient times, people used to marinate the meat in forest herbs and cook the kebab on top of a hot stone. Typically, in the past meat like rabbit, deer & chicken was used.

This Soola recipe is from Rajasthan in Northern India. Chef Sohan has been mastering it for years. An all-round paste is used to flavour and marinate the meat, made from various ingredients such as fish, shellfish, poultry, meat and even game.

Reshmi Kebab is a famous chicken kebab commonly eaten in India and Pakistan. It has Mughal influence which can be seen in the process of cooking using cream and cashew nuts. Made with boneless chicken, it is cooked by marinating chunks of meat in yogurt, cream, cashew nut paste, spices and then grilled in a Tandoor. It has a crusty upper layer and a soft inside.

Indian cuisine involves grills and Tandoor cooking, especially for kebabs, although kebabs are of Persian origin. Tangri Kebab is made using chicken legs. Tangri (pronounced as Tangdi) simply means the leg or drumstick.

Kerala style or also known as Fish Pollichathu is a burst of flavours of aromatic masalas. Our chefs pan fry this speciality fish, wrap it in banana leaves with all the spices and then roast to perfection.

Fresh tiger prawns simmered in saffron sauce flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom. Dum pukht, which is a cooking technique associated with the Northern Indian subcontinent. Meat and vegetables are cooked over a low flame, in a dough sealed container with spices. Traditions assign its origin in pre-partition India to the reign of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah (1748–97). The technique is now commonly used in other cuisines such as Pakistani and North Indian.

Pomegranate, the key ingredient in this dish, commonly known in India as Anardana is used in a lot of North Indian cooking. From curries, breads, raitas and tikkas the seeds are used fresh or dehydrated. Dehydrated pomegranate seeds lend that required sweet & sour flavour in curries or chutneys. It’s the perfect souring agent lending that tangy slant to a dish from the Valley Of Uttrakhand.

Originating in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh once the heart of the Mughal command in India. These tasty kebabs are said to have been invented by a chef to a great Nawab (ruling nobleman). The Nawab, having lost all of his teeth due to his general overindulgence, but not wanting to miss out on his chef’s culinary delights, challenged the chef to come up with a flavorsome dish that could be eaten even by the toothless. And so, as legends tells us, the Shami Kebab was born.

Dahi Ke Kebab is a Mughlai appetiser that is creamy on the inside, crunchy on the outside and packed with saffron flavours. Served with pickled onions and pudina chutney.

Whole peeled potato stuffed with fried skin of potato, some papad and dry nuts. Cooked in a Tandoor for perfection.

India is known for its street foods, especially its various kinds of chaats. Chaat menus change from region to region – i.e papdi chaat in north India and dahi vada in southern India. However, there's a kind of chaat which you can find in every region of the country - from extreme south to extreme north; and that is fruit chaat. It is basically a combination of various fruits mixed together with spices. Fruit chaat can any day be considered as a healthier option among all the street-foods available across the country, as fruits are superfoods, which are considered to be potent sources of essential nutrients.

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