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Bun Kebab
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A typical Bun Kebab with ketchup and chutney
CourseMain course
Place of originIndia
Region or stateBhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Associated national cuisineIndian
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsGround lentil, powdered cumin seeds, omelette and bread buns

Bun Kebab (Hindi: बन कबाब, Urdu: بن کباب) is a sandwich native to Bhopal,[1] a city in Madhya Pradesh, India,[2] but is now available all over the Indian subcontinent.[3][1][2] In India, it is eaten as a regular street food, specifically, in the Indian cities of Bhopal (where it originated), and also in cities like Delhi, Lucknow, and Hyderabad; it is especially popular with Indian Muslims, the dish is eaten late-night during Ramadan.[3][1][2] Bun kebabs, just like Nihari became a signature in Pakistani metro cities like Karachi and Lahore after Muhajirs immigrated there after the Partition of India and brought their cuisine with them; but they can now also be found all over Pakistan.[4]

Bun kebabs are usually sold from roadside stalls, side street vendors, and fast food restaurants.[5] They are also commonly known as anday wala burger.[6] A ‘fried’ version of the bun kebab is popular in Lahore, known as ‘bun plaster’ due to copious amounts of butter and super tender or paste-like kebab mixture used in it. Bun kebabs are usually eaten as a main course or snack.[4]


A bun kebab consists of a shallow-fried spicy patty, onions, and chutney. The chutney is made up from tamarind (imli), salt, cumin powder, whole red chillies, and/or raita in a bun. The bun is grilled on the pan.

Bun kebab patties are typically composed of ground beef or mutton, ground lentils, powdered cumin seeds, and an egg batter. Although they can be vegetarian. The patties are fried in ghee or oil. A bun kebab can also be served with a fried egg or omelette[5] and topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, or onions.[4]


The patty can be made of chicken, beef, mutton, potato (aloo wala), egg (anday wala), or lentil (daal).[4] The beef and egg recipe is the most popular, especially among street vendors.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Chatori Gali Bhopal". 29 January 2016. Archived from the original on 3 February 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Akhoury, Anshul. "Bhopal – A Heaven For The Food Lovers". Tripto. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b Esteves, Lesley A. (2018). "Food court of Bhopal". Outlook Traveller. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Narwani, Deepa. "Street food for the soul". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  5. ^ a b OA (2015-04-05). "The battle of cuisines: Bun kebab vs burger". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  6. ^ Zubair, Saad (2017-12-03). "11 Of The Best Bun Kababs For The Ultimate Street Food Experience In Karachi". MangoBaaz. Retrieved 2019-01-12.