WHOLEWHEAT CHICKEN BASIL WRAPS with BELL PEPPERS … & winners for the Mainland China Book Giveaway

“When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It’s also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be.”
Molly Wizenberg, A Homemade Life
And life goes on, whether we have a kitchen or not, we still have mouths to feed. I am the queen of the makeshift kitchen in the morning before the workers plod in, and still attempt to whip up a decent balanced meal as often as I can. I know the kids, especially the younger one, gets disturbed with the ongoing work, which by the way, is stretching beyond our control. The way to little juniors heart is through his stomach, and I knew that these wraps would please him!
Of course mothers are never far off the mark. You should have seen to 100 watt smile I got for these…“NICE Mama, NICE!’ He’s a little foodie, often watches Master Chef Australia, dragging me to the telly in hungry fascination. Hear him discussing ingredients, contestants face expressions, asking if maybe I can make that yummy {calorie ridden in my eyes} lasagna. He notices the Kitchen Aid {the machine I dream of}, the ovens, the knives and can almost sniff ingredients out!
I mentioned ‘inspiration of the kebab type from my search results mentioned in my previous post, and here I am. When I thought of making these kebabs, I had junior PAB in mind. We share the love of subtle taste, colour and presentation in cuisine, as does Mr PAB. Give them both a well laid out, ‘good’ looking platter and you can see the sun shine in the middle of the night! They are not demanding men in any way, but are most charming and appreciative … and life seems worthwhile once again!
The bazaars are exploding with juicy, fresh bell peppers. On days that I get a well priced stash, I roast a few to make them last longer, and keep some for salad. I used a combination of roasted and fresh ones here in the wraps. The roasted ones, with their beautiful smokey flavour, were added to the mince while grinding, and the crisp fresh julienned ones tossed into a salad. Satisfied that nutrition and yumminess were both in there, the wraps were wonderful. {If you are unsure of the spices and salt in the kebab, fry a small bit of prepared mince to taste the flavours, and adjust ingredients if required}. And if you have pickled peppers on hand, do consider adding them to the mince while processing  it, as they add delightful tanginess to the kebabs.

While the hub and me chomped on ours wraps, all bundled up in white parchment for pictures to be taken first, we were transported back to the days when we used to visit London in the late ’80’s and early 90’s, digging into the most delicious doner kebab rolls, stuffed with salad, served with lashings of sauce. It was often bone-chilling cold there, but the enthusiasm of the lads serving the wraps coupled with the first bite always warmed us up. Those were the days, and these wraps brought back the nostalgia!

Before I get to the recipe, time to announce the winners for the Mainland China Book Giveaway, picked via Random.OrgNalini Hebbar and Avanika. Congratulations to the two of you; I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do. Could you please e-mail me your full postal address so Random House can mail the books to you. Thank you for having me host this Sohini!

Chicken, Basil & Roasted Bell Pepper Kebabs
Makes approx 10-12 rolls
500gms chicken mince {I use thigh tenders}
1 onion, roughly chopped
1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1-2 tbsp pickled peppers/jalapeños {home-made recipe here}
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 roasted red bell peppers
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil {I used Borges from here}
Salt to taste

Pulse the onion, basil and jalapeños in the processor for about a minute till finely chopped.
Add the rest of the ingredients and process on medium low speed till it all gets well mixed and comes together.Transfer to a glass or steel bowl and chill for at least 1 hour.
Heat about 2-3 tbsps of oil in a heavy bottom frying pan. Lightly oil your palms. Take a small portion of mince & roll it into a sausage like roll, back and forth to form a kebab. Gently slide into the pan & shallow fry till brown on all sides, about 8-10minutes.
Note: The kebabs should be fried just before serving as they taste best fresh,  thought the kids love taking them to school for lunch too!

Bell Pepper Salad
2-3 bell peppers in different colours, finely sliced
1 large onion, finely sliced
8-10 fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil {I used Borges from here}
Juice of 1 lime
Salt to taste
Whisk the olive oil, lime juice and salt. Reserve in a bowl.
Toss the other ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Add the dressing just before serving, and toss well.

Fry the wholewheat chapati or tortilla on a hot griddle/tava with a few drops of oil on both sides.
Place a kebab, followed by freshly tossed salad, roll and serve!

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • Rosa's Yummy Yums
    5 years ago

    Those wraps look so appetizing! A great recipe.



  • Sayantani
    5 years ago

    congrats to the winners. love this wrap recipe. will try this with paneer.

  • Priya
    5 years ago

    Wraps looks irresistible..

  • jyothisethu
    5 years ago

    yummy blog…

  • Nachiketa
    5 years ago

    Absolutely yummy :)

    Congrats to the winners….
    Yayyyy for Avanika…. :)

  • Saee Koranne-Khandekar
    5 years ago

    Yummy recipe–love the kebabs (and the pictures)! Reminds me of a yogurt-based faux-mayo that I made for my wraps once: http://myjhola.blogspot.com/2008/08/healthy-salvaging-and-weird.html

  • Saee Koranne-Khandekar
    5 years ago

    Yummy recipe–love the kebabs (and the pictures)! Reminds me of a yogurt-based faux-mayo that I made for my wraps once: http://myjhola.blogspot.com/2008/08/healthy-salvaging-and-weird.html

  • Lyndsey
    5 years ago

    The wraps look awesome. I want to take a bite of it right off the screen! Food is always so nostalgic isn't it?

    Congrats to the winners!

  • Satya
    5 years ago

    absolutely devine …awesome wraps n click :)


  • Kamalika
    5 years ago

    Very thoughtful qoutation….
    I too make wrap like this but never used basil….the flavour sounds tasty…
    Congrats to the winners…

  • Nags
    5 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous pics Deebs!

  • bake in paris
    5 years ago

    I am just as delighted as the juniors to eat these chicken kebabs and will give you a 200 watt smile :-)

    Fantastic pictures, as usual!

    Sawadee from bangkok,

  • Jess @ Bakericious
    5 years ago

    Congrats to the winner. This wrap looks delicious!

  • Anna Johnston
    5 years ago

    Beautiful pictures and the wraps look amazing. I love that your little masterchef is so appreciative with them.

  • Anh
    5 years ago

    beautiful wrap! yum!

  • Andy
    5 years ago

    Hi, Yummmmmmmmmmmm!!! and love the quote too…its so so true

  • MeetaK
    5 years ago

    colorful and yummy! these wraps surely beat the gloominess of today here in weimar.

  • bellini valli
    5 years ago

    It's not often that we find a savoury dish here at the Passionate Baker so this has to be good!

  • Shaheen {The Purple Foodie}
    5 years ago

    No Daring Bakers post?:O How come? I'm thinking of joining back next month.

  • Cristie
    5 years ago

    Debba, I love the quote at the beginning of your post. So true! The wraps look wonderful, can't wait to give them a try. I think my family will love them.

  • Joy
    5 years ago

    I normally don't like wraps but yours looks great.

  • Aparna S Mallya
    5 years ago

    Beautiful clicks, lovley post and a delicious dish!

  • Best Hamburger Recipe
    5 years ago

    yummy! what a delicious recipe! I want to take it tasty! :)

  • Mona
    5 years ago

    The wraps look super yumm!

  • Barbara
    5 years ago

    Great wraps, Deeba! Super flavors and I love the color. Your photos are wonderful. I think you're doing a good job of working around the workers!

  • Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
    5 years ago

    Now this is what I call a freakish co-incidence. I'm munching on a kheema roll veryy similar to this while reading your post. It sure has to be delicious! And yayyy to me 😀

  • 5 years ago

    Deeba, your son sounds like a foodie and a chef in the making! Chicken Kebab wraps look so yummy and I think my entire family will love them! I was thinking of making these wraps for lunch tomorrow! Thank you for the recipe & your photography is Superb!

  • 4 years ago

    This is the perfect meal! Love that you used all that fresh basil too.

    Cookin’ Canuck & I would love if you linked up to 3 of your Kebab recipes into this weeks Get Grillin’ round up. The recipes can be anything & don’t need to be grilled. This and any 2 others would be perfect. http://su.pr/1BZGKK

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