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"Top Chef," Southern food restaurateur and former chef to Oprah, Art Smith, says these yummy grilled kebabs are "like meatballs on a skewer." He made them during the Season 4 premiere of our show in 2009.

Pro Tip: "If you don't eat lamb, you can use chicken, you can use pork, whatever you like," Art says.


  • ½ onion, chopped very fine
  • 1 pound lamb, ground
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Salt, to taste


Put the minced lamb, the chopped onions, garlic paste, ginger paste, 2 tablespoons garam masala, tomato paste and cilantro leaves in a large bowl and mix well.

Form the mixture into equal sized balls then form around skewers, having oval shaped ball at the end of each skewer.

Grill or bake in an oven for 15 minutes, serve warm with Basmati rice and Cucumber Yogurt Raita.