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Sutli (Suta) Kabab ~ Beef Kabab tied with Thread

Sutli (Suta) Kabab

Beef Kabab tied with Thread

Sutli (Suta) Kababs at Adam's Kabab Shop, Phears Lane, Calcutta

Sutli (Suta) Kababs at Adam’s Kabab Shop, Phears Lane, Calcutta

Its really a melt in the mouth experience!!! kababs so soft that it needs to be tied around the skewer with threads, and hence the name Sutli kabab or Suta Kabab.

Adam's Kabab Shop, Phears Lane

Adam’s Kabab Shop, Phears Lane

Available in the Adam’s Kabab Shop in the Phears Lane and is just a couple of minutes walk from the Central metro station.

Open only during the evening hours the small shop, its hardly a shop, is located next to the Liyaqat Sweet Shop.

Named after the first man to walk on the planet the Adam’s Kabab Shop, which is hardly a shop, is extremely difficult to spot.

Located next to Liyaqat Sweets in the ever winding Phears lane, the Adam’s Kabab Shop is extremely difficult to stop.

So it is best to keep not only your eyes but also your nostrils open to spot the Adam’s Kabab Shop.

Initial look gives the impression of an ordinary kabab shops, with meat being grilled in fat skewers over flaming red charcoals in a a barbecue pit.

A closer inspection revels that the meat being barbecued are tied to the fat skewers using a fine cotton thread, yes this is sutli kabab or suta kabab!!!!

L: Sutli Kabab being wrapped around skewers. R: The thread being rolled over the meat

L: Sutli Kabab being wrapped around skewers. R: The thread being rolled over the meat

Unlike the seikh kabab, which stays on the skewer,  the sutli or suta kabab disintegrates unless tied together with a thread.

Not many shops in Calcutta sell sutli or suta Kabab and Adam’s Kabab Shop on Phears Lane definitely tops the list.

Sutli Kabab or Suta Kabab on the barbecue pit

Sutli Kabab or Suta Kabab on the barbecue pit

The process looks simple first the meat (small pieces of beef, but not minced) marinated with exotic and secret herbs and spices are put around the skewers. Then the cotton thread (soaked in water) are rolled over the meat, a process which requirs years to master.

L: removing the suta or sutli (thread). R: A plate of Sutli or suta Kabab

L: removing the suta or sutli (thread). R: A plate of Sutli or suta Kabab

The skewers are then placed over the barbecue pit and the threads are removed before the sutli kebabs or suta kabab are served with onion and chili garnishing along with a dash of lime.

The Sutli or Suta Kabab costs Rs25 per plate and is served in paper plates and the take aways are wrapped in sal pata. If beef and hygiene are not a concern the “melt in the mouth” experience of Sutli Kabab or Suta Kabab shouldn’t be missed.

  1. November 27, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Drooling..:-P

  2. November 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Have eaten this in Old Delhi. Nice to see it’s there in Cal!

    • November 27, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      Thanks Shoaib, yes it is also available in Delhi. They call it Gola Kabab. I will try it out next time in Delhi!!!!

  3. November 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    how to classify it — street food delicacy or a classic kebab cuisine? isn’t it both?🙂

    • November 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Supratim, it still is a street food delicacy unless until some top restaurants start selling the humble Rs25 sutli kabab at Rs250 (or even more) it would become a classic kabab cuisine!!!

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    • January 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Dear Dipankar da, I do remember you. Thanks for your inspiring comment. I have a new post every Wednesday in my blog, please do read it.

      Looking forward to meet you once again.

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