Frigărui (Romanian pronunciation: [friɡəˈruj], singular: frigăruie) is a Romanian dish consisting of small pieces of meat (usually pork, beef, mutton, lamb or chicken) grilled on a skewer, similar to the kebab. Often, the pieces of meat alternate with bacon, sausages, or vegetables, such as onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and mushrooms. It is seasoned with spices such as pepper, garlic, savory, rosemary, marjoram and laurel.
The word frigăruie is a diminutive form of frigare "skewer", which is derived from a frige, meaning "to grill" or "to fry". This in turn comes from the Latin frῑgĕre "roast, fry" and as such is a cognate of the English "fry".
In popular culture
In Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, the protagonist Jonathan Harker, while staying in Bistritz, has a dish called "Robber Steak", which appears to be a type of frigărui. The food consists of pieces of beef, bacon and onion seasoned with red pepper and strung on sticks and roasted,
Notes and references
- "Definition of frigărui" (in Romanian). DEX on line.
- (French) salveto - Dictionary latin-french Gaffiot on line - LEXILOGOS
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