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Bihari Kabab & the Runaway Chicken

Posted on November 9, 2006
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We’ve had quite a few posts on food at ATP. For example, if you are looking for best Pakistani food outside Pakistan then you may want to consult here. If you want to know how to make omelette in Pakistani style then read this and if you are thinking of outsourcing ‘samosa’ and ‘paraatha’ production to China then our article here can be a resource.
Now when all is said and done; I still want to say that among all the goodies that God has created for the pleasure of mankind, one great thing is a Bihari Kabab. Those of you who have tasted it may agree that no other food can beat the great taste of a well-marinated and spicy Bihari kabab.

One fine evening in early 2006, I got this sudden urge where I craved for the Bihari kabab at 9:00 p.m. By 9:15 I found myself sitting in the car and driving towards a famous desi restaurant in Hayward, California. The restaurant closes at 10 p.m and I managed to reach there just in time. I ordered a plate of Bihari kabab. The owner who was a novice in customer service looked at me with such eyes as if saying couldn’t you have come earlier.

There was another gentleman waiting for his order besides me. At 10:05 p.m. the owner looked at me with a food bag in his hand, placed it on the counter and disappeared somewhere.

As the owner had looked at me before placing the food on the counter, so I picked it up and went to the car. Inside the car, I opened the box and found chicken kababs instead. For few seconds I thought may be it is Bihari kabab made from chicken. After all, these days one can find chicken nihari sold at restaurants too.

But very soon I heard some running steps approaching me and then I found two restaurant employees looking searchingly inside my car. One of them pointed towards my food and asked:

‘bhai sahab, kiya ye murghi hai? (O brother, is this chicken?)

To which I replied:

‘ji-haaN ye murghi hai’ (Yes it is chicken)

Apparently, I had picked up the wrong order. When I went back in I heard the owner shouting in Punjabi:

Oyay kukRi kithay nus gayee eh? (Where has the chicken ran?)

When I gave him his lost kukRi (Punjabi word for chicken) he again looked at me angrily. His looks were like a street shopkeeper who makes a poor customer feel humble first and then sell what he needs. He said:

‘pai-jaan, daNkRa chuk ke vekh te lehnday’
(Brother you should have lifted the lid to see what’s inside first).

Then there was some acrimonious exchange of dialogs between us. It was quite an interesting experience. His arguments were in Punjabi and mine in Urdu. but we still understood eachother. Finally he realized that he was losing a customer fast so after both of us had cooled down a bit, he brought me a free plate of haleem (a dish made of minced meat and lentils) and said:

‘koi baat naee ji, jadhoN bhukh bohti lagi howay te ainj ho hi jaanda eh’
(Don’t worry, when one is too hungry then things likethis happen)

Finally my Bihari Kabab got ready at 10:10 p.m. and they were as tasty as ever. It was interesting to note that owners of this restaurant are Punjabi speaking but they make the best Bihari kabab in town.

As the name implies, Bihari Kabab originated from the Bihar province of India. It is said that in Pakistan the Bihari Kabab was introduced from the Orangi Town area of Karachi. According to residents, Juma Khan was the first person to start serving this special item, which is now a popular favourite throughout the country. Juma has been selling these Kababs since he migrated to Orangi in 1973 and started his shop at Rehmat Chowk in sector 11.5 of the Orangi town. His specialty item Kabab and Puri gained the epithet Behari Kababs referring to Juma Khan’s Behari origin. Although some parts of Orangi have unwillingly gained the reputation of being a slum, it is still the home of the original taste of Behari Kababs, which attracts people from every corner of the city. They all travel to Rehmat Chowk wishing to taste the specialty item cooked by the very hands that invented it. With time, Juma’s Behari Kababs grew in popularity, spreading across the entire Karachi area, and have now become one of the most integral menu items on food-spreads at gatherings.

For our readership who would like to delve into this culinary delight, here is a time tested recipe’ for Bihari Kabab. Note the use of papaya in the recipe’ below is the key to success.


Beef pasanday (filets) 1/2 kilo
Unripe papaya (grinded) 2 tbs
Ginger paste 1 tsp
Garlic paste 1 tsp
Salt according to taste
Yogurt 2 tbs
Chili powder 1 tsp
Chopped green chilies 1tbs
Oil 1 tbs


Mix together all the spices and yogurt and papaya and coat the beef with it. Leave to marinate for 5-6 hours preferably overnight. Then barbeque over charcoal or you can bake it in an oven.


ae lo! mazay-daar bihari kabab tayyaar haiN. baji-ji bismilah, bhai-sahab aap bhi bismilah

(lo-behold, super tasty Bihari Kababs are ready. Ladies and gentlemen, bon apetite)

NINTENDO DS LITE OUT IN JUNE.(Stars)(Product/service evaluation)(Column)

The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY) May 28, 2006 Byline: JEFF KAPALKA CONTRIBUTING WRITER In my last column, I revealed that Sony is going to drop the PlayStation 3 on us this November. Following that, Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Wii (pronounced “we,” or, if you happen to be in a mood, “whee!”) will be released around that time as well.

Nintendo’s been cagey about the details, but the Wii is expected to be about half the cost of a PS3 … but just as hard to find at launch.

So, we’ve got almost half a year to worry about that, whereas June will see the release of the Nintendo DS Lite.

Already available in Japan, the new version of the portable dual screened system does everything its predecessor did, but is smaller, lighter, more battery efficient, more ergonomically friendly with a brighter, sharper screen, all for the same price ($129.99) as the regular DS.

I’m debating whether I’ll go for the upgrade: I’m used to the current model. (Besides, the initial shipments of the DS Lites will come in white only. How boring.) For those of you who haven’t picked up the next-generation portable, it’s something to consider. Especially because they keep releasing new versions of Nintendo classics for the system, like the latest take on the signature series, “Super Mario Brothers.” “New Super Mario Brothers,” Nintendo for Nintendo DS; $34.99; Rated E (all ages). go to web site best nintendo ds games

“New Super Mario Brothers” is a modern re-mix of the old NES and Super Nintendo games. Poor Princess Peach has been kidnapped (again), and Mrs. Mario’s boys have to come to the rescue. Mario and Luigi will have to battle new and familiar foes on the original game maps, utilizing all of the moves learned from 20 years of platform exploits. (20 years? Has it really been that long?) Everything’s here, from the turtle shell toss to the terrifying butt-stomp (used to crack open floors). And, of course, there are magic mushrooms to ingest that will give the heroes extra powers. There’s even a two-player mode so Mario and Luigi can engage in a little sibling rivalry. website best nintendo ds games

If you like side-scrolling platform adventure, “New Super Mario Brothers” is a must-have on whatever size DS you wind up with.

“Bust-A-Move Deluxe,” Majesco for Sony PSP; $39.99; Rated E (all ages).

On the go, but you opted to get Sony’s PSP for your personal portable? Good news! “Bust-a-Move” is back, and Sony has it!

I think there have been versions of this classic puzzler for every console since the original NES, and that’s how it should be. Some games are forever.

The main action in “Bust-a-Move” is busting balloons. A variety of multicolored inflatable orbs hang from the top of the screen. Left to their own devises, they will eventually lower themselves to the ground: Game Over.

You, however, are in possession of a gadget that can shoot even more balloons at the downward moving mass. Use it to link up at least three of a color, and those balloons pop out of existence, slowing down the mass’s momentum, and opening up other avenues of elimination. Kind of like “Tetris” in reverse.

Majesco’s “Bust-a-Move Deluxe” for the PSP is a worthy entry in the series, and works well on Sony’s portable system. The controls are solid, and the colors just, er, pop on the small screen.

In addition to the classic game, there are seven other modes. My favorite is the Seesaw Mode, which shifts the screen as balloons pile up on one side or the other.

And before we go this week: a quick correction. (Actually, more of an elaboration.) In a previous column, I mentioned Konami’s “CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country” needed a microphone to play, and that the microphone was not included.

And this is true … for the version I reviewed.

Since then, I’ve come across another (slightly more expensive) version with the required mic. So, if you already have the equipment, you can stick with the basic $39.99 edition, but if you don’t, the $49.99 bundle will get you cowboys and cowgirls a singin’ with the best of them.

Jeff Kapalka, of Utica, reviews video games and comics for Stars. Write to him at or c/o Stars, P.O. Box 4915, Syracuse, NY 13221.


PHOTO NO CREDIT “NEW SUPER MARIO BROTHERS” is a modern re-mix of the old NES and Super Nintendo games.

“BUST-A-MOVE DELUXE” is the latest edition of the balloon-busting classic.

22 Comments on “Bihari Kabab & the Runaway Chicken”

  1. Mariam says:
    November 10th, 2006 12:42 am

    Owais Sahab,

    We’ve already barbequed kabobs using the recipe when it appeared here. I’m glad to report it was indeed a success among our global friends.

  2. Ahsan says:
    November 10th, 2006 1:25 am

    What a surprise, “Bihari Kabab”. I have been earting itas early as before the birth of Pakistan because of my Bihari origin. After all these years, even my French wife makes Bihari Kabab here in France. We have found that a good quality meat marinated overnight becomes very tender. Thus, there is no need of adding papaya. Unripe papaya is not an easy thing to find in Europe. We have tried Shan Bihari Kabab Masala and found it pretty good.


  3. Asma says:
    November 10th, 2006 7:44 am


    Yummy recipie … hoping it’d be equally tasty too!

  4. Razi says:
    November 10th, 2006 7:48 am

    The best Bihari Kababs this side of the Atlantic are at Kabab King in Queens New York. They can give serious competition to the ones from Al-Kabab in Bahadurabad Karachi.

  5. Eidee Man says:
    November 10th, 2006 2:25 pm

    Hahah….hilarious….especially how he said that you were acting up because you were hungry!! Good one! :D

  6. Yahya says:
    November 10th, 2006 8:14 pm

    Owais, are you going back to that place? I mean did the haleem do the trick pai-jaan?

  7. Owais Mughal says:
    November 10th, 2006 10:37 pm

    Yahya, If I get chance then yes I will go again. The kabab there were indeed very good. This owner guy was rude but somehow truthful as well as generous as he gave me free haleem. I don’t know, he may’ve had a long day so i won’t keep it against him. Now the whole incident remains a memory for me to which I laugh about :)

  8. November 13th, 2006 3:20 am

    [...] Pakistani blogger Owais Mughal relishes Bihar kebabs in California: among all the goodies that God has created for the pleasure of mankind, one great thing is a Bihari Kabab. Those of you who have tasted it may agree that no other food can beat the great taste of a well-marinated and spicy Bihari kabab. [Read the full post] Posted by shivam [...]

  9. November 13th, 2006 11:00 am

    The images of the Shan masala boxes make me wonder if I authentic bihari kabab can be made from the Shan spice mix? I’ll definitely have to try it if so. I have found Shan masalas to be my home away from home.

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