Murgh Methi Malai Kebab.

4 from 111 votes

This delicious melt-in- your mouth appetizer will steal the thunder out of your meal!!!!
Succulent chicken chunks wrapped with cheese, fresh cream, broiled dried fenugreek leaves and freshly grounded spices, grilled or barbecued sprinkled with lemon juice, accompanied with Onion laccha salad and mint-coriander -yogurt chutney.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Served AsDinner
Recipe Taste Salty, Spicy
Servings 4


  • 500 gm Chicken leg without skin, boneless, cut into 2 inch cubes

First Marination

  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp White pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp Green cardamom powder
  • 2 gm Salt
  • ¼ cup Raw papaya paste, it is a tenderizer

Second Marination

  • 4 Green chilies
  • 3 tsp Fresh coriander leaves
  • 5 tbsp Cheddar cheese grated
  • 2. tsp Corn flour
  • ½ cup Fresh cream
  • ½ cup Hung curd
  • tsp Dried fenugreek leaves kasoori methi, broiled
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg powder
  • ½ tsp Mace powder
  • Salt To taste

For basting the chicken pieces

  • tbsp Pure ghee melted butter / canola oil

For Sprinkling

  • 1 Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp Chaat Masala optional


  • First Marination Time- 35 minutes. Second Marination Time- Overnight in a refrigerator covered with cling wrap or minimum 03 Hours in a refrigerator covered with cling wrap. Oven Temperature: 425 F.

For the first marination:

  • Clean and wash chicken pieces thoroughly. With a kitchen napkin / paper kitchen towel, pat dry the pieces to remove excess of moisture in it.
  • In a glass bowl, combine the chicken pieces with ginger & garlic paste, green cardamom powder, salt, pepper and raw papaya paste. Mix well.
  • Cover with a cling wrap and refrigerate for 35 minutes.

For the second marination

  • Remove the marinated chicken pieces from the refrigerator and keep aside. Coarsely grind green chilies and fresh coriander leaves without water using a mortar and pestle.
  • To this ground mixture add grated cheddar cheese, corn flour, fresh cream, broiled kasoori methi, hung curd, nutmeg powder, mace powder and salt to taste.
  • Now add the marinated chicken pieces to the second marinate.
  • Keep it covered with a cling wrap refrigerated, overnight.

For preparing the Malai Kebab

  • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and keep aside for 25 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 F in a grill mode for 10 minutes.
  • On a baking sheet, place an aluminium foil sheet.
  • Take the skewer rods and insert the chicken pieces. Keep it on top rack of the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Drizzle the remaining marinade on them and drizzle little melted ghee / melted butter / Canola oil over the chicken pieces.
  • Once it is done, turn over the skewer rods and keep it for another 10 minutes.

For serving the kebabs

  • In a serving plate, serve the kebabs very hot sprinkled with lemon juice and chaat masala (optional) and accompanied with onion laccha salad and mint-coriander-yogurt chutney.


  • You may add an egg to the second marination, if you are marinating the chicken pieces for 03 hours and not overnight.
  • I prefer that the chicken be marinated overnight so that it is much juicer, flavourful and aromatic.
  • Drizzling with the leftover marinade and melted pure ghee/ melted butter/ Canola oil keeps the chicken kebabs juicy and tender.
  • You may use a tandoor or barbecue for the kebabs.
  • You may sprinkle a little chaat masala before serving the kebabs.

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4 from 111 votes

Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 415 kcal | Carbohydrates: 13 g | Protein: 18 g | Fat: 32 g | Saturated Fat: 17 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 112 mg | Sodium: 536 mg | Potassium: 241 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 9 g | Vitamin A: 719 IU | Vitamin C: 11 mg | Calcium: 215 mg | Iron: 1 mg

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