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|Alternative names||Koobideh, Kubideh, Kobida|
|Place of origin||Iran|
|Region or state||Golpayegan and Tehran|
|Main ingredients||ground lamb or beef|
Koobideh comes from the Persian word koobidan (کوبیدن), meaning 'slamming', which refers to the style in which the meat is prepared. Traditionally, the meat was placed on a flat stone (specifically, a black flat stone) and smashed with a wooden mallet. It is cooked on a seekh (سیخ), Persian for 'skewer'. It is similar to the Turkish Adana kebab.
Preparation and cooking
Lamb or beef (precisely 20% fat, 80% meat) is minced twice for finer consistency. A mixture of lamb and beef is also popular. Salt, black pepper, very finely grated onion and optionally one egg yolk per pound of meat is added. All ingredients are mixed, covered, and left to marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
Kabab koobideh is grilled on wide, flat skewers, traditionally over hot coals, and is served with chelow (plain white rice with oil, salt and saffron), accompanied by grilled tomatoes and onions. Sumac is usually served as a tableside garnishing spice.
Chicken kabab koobideh is made using chives or green onions, parsley, salt and pepper. It is served over polow, plain white rice, accompanied by a grilled tomato.
Kabab koobideh dish in Isfahan
Kabab koobideh, Bonabi style
Raw home-made kabab koobideh (not cooked yet)
Kabab koobideh and tomato grilling over barbecue grill
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