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Shashlyk or Shashlik, Russian: шашлык, Persian: شیشلیک, Urdu: شیشلیک, Kurdish: Biraşka şîşê is a form of Shish kebab popular in Russia, India, Iran, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Israel and other places. Shashlyk (meaning skewered meat) was originally made of lamb (in some extent pork or beef) depending on local preferences and religious observances. These skewers of meat are either all meat, all fat, or alternating pieces of meat, fat, and vegetables such as bell pepper, onion, mushroom and tomato.
Meat for shashlik (as opposed to other forms of shish kebab) is usually in form of large chunks of meat, marinated overnight in a high-acidity marinade like vinegar, dry wine or sour fruit/vegetable juice with the addition of herbs and spices. While it is not unusual to see shashlik listed on the menu of restaurants, it is more commonly sold in Western Asia by street vendors who roast the skewers over wood, charcoal, or coal. Shashlyk is usually cooked on a grill called a mangal.
Skewer, or brochette
In Poland it is sold in form of fast-food and sometimes appears on bustling restaurant menus (pronounced shash-lyk).
In Russia, like in Iran, the meat can be marinated while the form of meat cubes, rather than large pieces of meat, is maintained.
- Skewer - similar dish, usually grilled, with cubes of meat and vegetables, popular in all Europe
- Anticuchos - Peru and other Andean states
- Brochette - France, Spain (Catalonia)
- Chuanr - China
- Espetada - Portugal
- Frigărui - Romania
- Pinchitos - Spain (Andalusia and Extremadura)
- Satay - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, and the Netherlands
- Souvlaki - Greece
- Yakitori - Japan
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