Nargis Kebabs or Indian Scotch Eggs

These balls of deliciousness are one of my favourite foods. They are a little fiddly to make but so worth it.  


Nargis Kebabs

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Picnic, Snack
Cuisine Curry, Indian


  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A thumb sized piece of ginger.
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds.
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon amchoor mango powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 300 g mince
  • 75 g rice crumbs or gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 4 eggs


  • Preheat your oven to 220C.
  • Finely chop the onion and garlic and grate the ginger.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy based saucepan.
  • Add the cumin seeds and fenugreek and cook for a moment until fragrant.
  • Add the onion, garlic and ginger then reduce the heat to medium low and cook until golden, stirring occasionally, around 7 minutes.
  • Add in the rest of the spices and cook for a moment more.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Mix together the mince, cooled onion mixture, the beaten egg and breadcrumbs.
  • Boil 4 eggs by gently placing them in boiling water. I use a soup ladle to do this.
  • Cook them for 5 minutes, remove from the heat and plunge immediately into a bowl of iced water.
  • Peel the eggs very carefully as they are soft boiled.
  • Divide the meat mixture into four portions.
  • Flatten out a quarter of the mixture on a piece of cling film to form a circle approximately 5 mm thick.
  • Place an egg in the middle. Bring up the edges of the clingfilm to wrap the meat mixture around the egg. Remove the clingfilm and form the meat into a smooth covering around the egg.
  • Set aside and repeat for the remaining eggs.
  • Bake at 220C for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with a mint raita and a salad of cucumber, onion and tomato


You can also deep fry these. They will take between 5 and 7 minutes to cook. Nargis Kebabs are also delicious cold and make an excellent addition to a picnic. If eating them cold you will need to hard boil your eggs before making them.
Keyword Gluten free, Nargis Kebabs
Cooking For John