Malaysian Spicy Lentil and Lamb Patties

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Appears in
The Lentil Cookbook

By Ghillie Basan

Published 2016

  • About

Also known as shami kebabs, these lentil and lamb patties are popular fare on Malaysian street stalls. They are often served with rice and a sambal, or even between chunks of bread with tomato ketchup, like a burger.


  • 150 g/5 oz/generous ½ cup red, brown,


  1. Rinse the lentils, then put them in a pan and cover with plenty of water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook for 20’40 minutes until they have softened but still have a bite to them. Drain well.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy pan and stir in the onions, garlic, chilli and ginger. Fry until they begin to colour, then add the lentils and minced lamb. Cook for a few minutes, t