If you are a fan of street food recipes, then you must definitely try this Aloo Bun Kabab. Toasted bun stuffed with soft aloo patty, spicy omelette with drizzle of green chutney & spicy onions is treat to taste buds. This Karachi style mini burgers make fun weekend meal and best iftar dinner too.
What Is Aloo Bun Kabab?
Aloo Bun Kabab is famous Pakistani street food recipe, which is gaining popularity in other places too. Bun kabab is a combination of aloo patty (which is called as kabab), spicy mini omelette and cute little buns.
The recipe of aloo bun kabab is slightly similar to our Mumbai vada pav recipe. Instead of pav, we use mini burger buns in making this bun kabab recipe. Apart from this, we dip patty of bun kaba in egg mixture and shallow fry it till crisp.
Even the aloo patty recipe is similar to our aloo tikki recipe. Hence, we can call this bun kabab recipe as aloo tikki burger.
What is Kabab?
Kabab | Kebab | Kabob is an ancient Urdu word for grilled | roasted | broiled pieces of meat or vegetables. In ancient days, when these many masalas and spices were not in use, then meat or vegetables were marinated in basic spices and cooked on open fire.
The charred meat or vegetable pieces are then served with bread. Over the years, tandoor later oven have replaced this open fire cooking. These kitchen gadgets have brought a major revolution in cooking.
Mince of meat or mashed vegetables, when given shape and pan fried or deep fried or grilled or baked, then it is termed as a kabab.
Why Is This Called Bun Kabab?
Bun is single serving hand size bread. Usually we use them in making burgers. Buns are round, soft, mildly sweet and delicious.
The word Kabab in bun kabab means aloo patty. We prepare patty by combining boiled and mashed potatoes with few spices and herbs. After combining the ingredients for patty, shape them into thick and round discs. Dip them in egg mixture and pan fry them till they turn brown on either side.
As we are pan frying the patties, we calling this as kabab. Apart from potato, patty of minced meat-chana dal is yet another popular bun kabab recipe in Pakistan.
When I make shami kabab, I reserve few and make delicious shami bun kabab. The assembling is same. Only replace aloo patty with shami kabab. Do give this a try!
Aloo Bun Kabab Ingredients
Aloo | Potato – is the main ingredient for making patty for bun kabab. The patty is simple and easy to make. Aloo patty calls for just handful of everyday pantry ingredients.
Buns – If you want to make this bun kabab look exactly like street style ones, then choose mini burger buns. Mini burger buns are easily available in any grocery store. You can buy them online or you can find them in near by bakery too. If I am making bun kabab in lunch or dinner, I prefer using normal burger buns.
Eggs – The whole game changer of the recipe is use of eggs. Eggs add protein and taste to bun kabab. We use eggs in two ways. First, we dip the aloo patty in beaten egg mixture and shallow fry it and with remaining egg mixture, we make an omelette.
The addition of egg changes the overall taste of bun kabab. If you don’t want to add egg, then you can skip it. But addition of egg is the main difference between bun kabab and potato burger.
Bread Crumbs – absorbs the extra moisture and keeps the patty in shape while frying.
Green Chutney | Hari Chutney – This is heart of bun kabab. Teekhi aur chatpati hari chutney adds flavour and taste that tingles your taste buds. Hari chutney compliments the sweet taste of buns.
Spicy Onion Rings | Lacha Pyaz – Adds spicy, lemony and crunchy taste and flavour to bun kabab.
Chaat Masala, Roasted Cumin Powder, Roasted Coriander Powder, Red chili Powder, Garam Masala, Green Chillies, Salt and Pepper Powder – All these ingredients go into making spicy and juicy aloo patty.
Apart from this red chutney (or ketchup or tomato sauce) is other main ingredients in making bun kabab.
Tips & Variations
Use fresh buns to make this recipe. If buns are not available, then you can use sandwich bread too.
You can use whole wheat buns too. If small buns are not available, then you can use pav or normal burger buns.
If you are using normal burger buns, then increase the size of the patty.
Authentic Karachi style bun kabab are made with small plain buns.
You can make hari chutney and lacha pyaz a day before and store them in fridge.
Along with this, you can even boil, mash and shape the potato patty and store it in a zip lock bag. Aloo patty stays good for 1-2 days, in fridge and for a month, in freezer.
Sometimes, I stuff my bun with shami kabab and drizzle it with green chutney and lacha pyaz and make shami bun kabab. These are very popular in my house during Ramadan.
Assembling Bun Kabab
The most fun part of this recipe is assembling. You can assemble the bun kabab and serve or you can serve it as a platter. People can assemble their bun kabab depending on their choice and preference of adding chutney and lacha pyaz.
Read the recipe card for the detailed explanation on assembling the bun kababs.
Hari Chutney Recipe
All you need is handful of easily available ingredients to make this flavour and aroma packed green chutney recipe. The good thing about this recipe is, you can even refrigerate this chutney. If refrigerated properly, stays good for 2 months. Always remember to store this in a clean and dry moisture free aroma tight jar.
- 1 cup Coriander leaves
- ½ cup Mint leaves
- 2-3 Green chillies, deseeded and chopped
- ½ tbsp. Lemon juice
- ½ tbsp. roasted Jeera | cumin
- 1 clove Garlic
Add all the ingredients to a mixer jar. Grind and make a smooth paste. If required, add 1 tbsp. of water.
Remove in a bowl and use when required.
Lacha Pyaz | Spicy Onion Rings
This is quick and easy lacha pyaz recipe. Lacha pyaz add crunch, spicy and juicy taste to any recipe they are added in.
To make lacha pyaz, peel one big onion, carefully cut it into roundels. Separate the rings. To this add pinch of red chili powder, roasted cumin powder, salt, chaat masala and lemon juice. Toss by adding minced coriander leaves. Cover and set aside for at least 10 minutes.
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For Making Patty
- 5-6 Potatoes
- 1 tbsp. chopped Green chilli
- ¾ tbsp. Red chili powder
- ½ tbsp. roasted Cumin powder
- ½ tbsp. roasted Coriander powder
- 2 tbsp. Bread crumbs
- ½ tbsp. Pepper powder
- ½ tbsp. Garam Masala
- Salt, as per taste
- ½ tbsp. Chaat Masala
- ½ tbsp. finely minced Coriander leaves
- 6 Mini Buns
- 4-5 tbsp. Oil
- Hari Chutney | Green Chutney
- Lacha Pyaz
- 3 Eggs
- ½ tsp. Salt
- ½ tbsp. Pepper powder
- Sev, optional
How To Make Aloo Bun Kabab
Step 1: Prepare Hari Chutney & Lacha Pyaz
Check the post for detailed recipe on making hari chutney and lach pyaz.
Step 2: Boil Potatoes
Peel the potatoes, wash them thoroughly and add them to pressure cooker.
Add enough water and pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium flame. As soon as the pressure settles drain the excess water from the potatoes and leave them to cool.
Alternatively, you can boil the potatoes on stove-top. To do this, add potatoes to a pot and add enough water.
Boil till potatoes turn soft. Drain the water and leave the potatoes to cool down.
Step 3: Preparing Patty
When the potatoes come down to room temperature, grate the potatoes using a grater or you can mash them using potato masher.
If both are not available, then using your fingers or back side of the ladle, mash the potatoes.
If you need bite in the patty, then I recommend grating the potatoes.
Now to this potato mixture, add bread crumbs and chopped green chillies,
Mix and add red chili powder, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala, roasted coriander powder, pepper powder, garam masala, salt and coriander leaves.
Combine all the ingredients.
Step 4: Shaping The Potato Patty
Divide the potato mixture into equal portions.
Grease your palms and fingers with little oil.
Take each portion of potato mixture and shape them into thick and round patty.
Place this on a plate and complete shaping the remaining mixture.
Step 5: Prepare Egg Mixture
In a small bowl, crack open the egg and to this add salt and pepper powder.
Whisk until frothy and set aside.
Step 6: Frying The Patty
Add 2-3 tbsp. of oil for shallow frying the patties.
Now carefully dip the patty in the egg mixture and place it on the hot pan.
On a medium flame, pan fry these patties till they turn nice golden on both the sides.
Carefully remove them on a kitchen towel or tissue.
Complete the remaining patties.
Step 7: Prepare Omelette
Once you complete frying patties, add little oil and pour in the remaining egg mixture and spread it.
Cook on both the sides like an omelette. Remove on a plate and cut it into 5-6 pieces, depending on number of buns.
Step 8: Tossing The Buns
On the same pan, add tbsp. of oil and toss the buns on both the sides for 2-3 minutes.
Remove and place them in plate.
Step 9: Assembling
Smear the buns with green chutney on inside of the buns.
Place aloo patty on bottom inside of the bun.
Top it with omelette piece and then add lacha pyaz.
Cover it with other bun and serve warm with tomato sauce and hari chutney.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 792Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 47gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 670mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 14g
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.