Kabab koobideh

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Kabab koobideh
Kabab koobideh being grilled over hot coals alongside tomatoes
Alternative namesKoobideh, Kubideh, Kobida
Place of origin Iran
Region or stateGolpayegan and Tehran
Main ingredientsground lamb or beef

Kabab koobideh (Persian: کباب کوبیده) or Kobide (Persian: کوبیده) is an Iranian type of kofta kabab made from ground lamb or beef,[1] often mixed with ground pepper and chopped onions.[2]


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[citation needed]) 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[edit]

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.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Westgard, Kristy (2015-10-01). "Tasty Kabob in Tempe: Persian Cuisine Hiding in Plain Sight". Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  2. ^ Denitto, Emily (2016-05-20). "Review: A Persian Renaissance at Shiraz Kitchen in Elmsford". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-02.