Street-Style Bun Kabab

Street-Style Bun Kabab

Bun Kabab is a popular Pakistani street food! A shallow-fried potato and lentil patty is placed between a sweet bun. The patty is then smothered with a mint and tamarind chutney and topped with a piece of omelette. This quick and easy snack is so delicious.

Street-Style Bun Kabab

In Pakistan, Bun Kabab is a filling and affordable snack. It is both made a meat patty (shami kebab) and a vegetarian patty such as this one. The patty is seasoned with tangy mango powder, then smeared with a spicy mint chutney, some red onions are added for a kick and the omelette binds the whole thing together. Mmm so yumm!

Street-Style Bun Kabab


  • 1/2 cup split chickpeas (chana dal)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 button red chilies
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 medium potatoes (cut in big chunks)
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 1 tsp mango powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 3/4 tsp or to taste salt
  • 2 green chilies (chopped)
  • 1 small red onion (diced)
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 egg - for dipping
  • oil - for frying
  • 4 sweet buns
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • coriander leaves
  • 2 eggs


  1. Soak the lentils for 3-4 hours prior to cooking.
  2. Add all the 'lentil mixture' ingredients into a pot except potatoes and cook on medium-low till the lentil is 80% soft. Then add the potatoes and simmer till both lentils and potatoes are fully cooked. Dry any remaining water. Mash the mixture with the back of a spoon or grind it.
  3. In a bowl add all the patty ingredients except egg and the lentil & potato mixture to it. Mix well.
  4. Form into small patties. Whisk an egg till frothy and dip the patties into it. Shallow-fry till golden-brown on both sides.
  5. Take out out on a paper towel. The recipe will make 8-10 lentil patties.
  6. Mix your green chutney and tamarind pulp together and keep aside. Green chutney recipe can be found here.
  7. Whisk the eggs and add around 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of red chili powder. In a pan add 1 tbsp of oil and cook the egg like you cook an omelette. Take out and half each omelette so you have 4 pieces.
  8. Toast your sweet buns.
  9. For assembly: On the bottom bun add your lentil patty, pour some chutney, put some red onion slices & coriander leaves, place the omelette and close it with the top bun.
  10. Serve with some extra chutney and enjoy!


  • You can also freeze the lentil patties before dipping them in egg.
  • Instead of this lentil patty, you can use Beef/Chicken Shami Kabab.