Preparing a typical Turkish kebab at home is not only possible, but also impressive. We show you how to make a kebab step by step, including that delicious sauce that makes this dish spectacular.
One of the things that happens with globalization is that we can find dishes from all over the world in big cities, just as we can enjoy a typical Turkish kebab in any part of Europe.
That said, it also happens that we end up calling almost everything kebab without really knowing what we’re eating. For example, did you know that the word kebab means “grilled meat”? In general, kebab refers to rolls of minced meat that are pressed and baked in a vertical oven, which would also indicate that kebab can refer to cooking on a spit or spit.
The origin of this dish is unclear, there are many stories about it, as its origin is found in the Persians or Ottomans. What we can say is that it is a very famous dish throughout the Middle East, which has always been given a special connotation and then turned into a special dish in its gastronomy.
Although when you go to a restaurant you find a large variety of meat, the most traditional for this dish is lamb. If that’s not your style, you can choose beef or chicken, and if you go to the kebab cradle you can find goat, fish and even shellfish. Even the pig? You may find it here, or in places like Greece, but for religious reasons it’s a meat not usually eaten in the Middle East.
And, you’ve probably wondered at times, what makes meat taste so special or smell so great every time you walk into one of the restaurants where it is served? My dears, the spices. Spices are the key to why this meat tastes so good, which is so aromatic, although you will find that there are many options depending on the restaurant you go to, the village or the home. One of the mixtures used, if we go easy, and which you can find in supermarkets or spice shops, is ras el hanout, which is a mixture of cumin, turmeric, coriander, cayenne, cinnamon, oregano, nutmeg and paprika.
Another important point in the exquisite result of this meat is the way it is cooked. Roasted vertically and in constant rotation, it allows the meat to cook for hours without drying out, being a juicy meat. Considering all this, we will not really make a typical kebab at home with a vertical oven of these characteristics, but we will be able to imitate the cutting of thin slices of roast meat, spices and juiciness.
Once the meat is ready, it can be served in many ways because, as we mentioned at the beginning, the word kebab refers to the preparation and not the dish. So we can find that we can make a durum (thin bread wheel on which the meat is placed), gyros in Greece (although it is usually pork), lahmacun or traditional kebab among breads reminiscent of pita bread.
In addition to the way the meat is presented, one or another vegetable can be included, such as lettuce and a few slices of fresh tomatoes. On the other hand, one of the wonderful keys to this dish is the sauce it accompanies, such as tzatziki sauce or yogurt sauce.
HOW TO MAKE A TYPICAL TURKISH KEBAB
- 750 g of lamb thigh.
- 6 large onions.
- 1 clove of garlic.
- 2 dl sour cream.
- 2 dl of oil.
- 1 bay leaf.
- 10 g peppercorns.
- 2 lemons.
HOW TO MAKE A TYPICAL TURKISH KEBAB – STEP BY STEP
In these six steps that we will show you, you will be able to make a typical Turkish kebab, join us!
1.- Peel the 5 onions and the clove of garlic and grind them until they form a paste.
2.- Put this paste in a clay pot and mix it with the sour sauce. Add the hand tossed bay leaf and the previously crushed peppercorns.
3.- Wash, dry and cut the meat into pieces of about 3 cm and put them in the marinade. They should rest for about 3 hours, well covered in the pot.
4.- Put the meat on a skewer and put it on the grill of the oven with the gratin function. Leave them there for about 5 minutes, turning them occasionally, until they are golden brown.
5.- Squeeze 2 lemons.
6.- Peel the remaining onion, grate it and add a few drops of lemon and a little salt. Then throw in the oil and beat everything until it looks like mayonnaise.
Prepare them at home and surprise your family or guests!
HOW TO MAKE KEBAB SAUCE? HOW TO MAKE KEBAB SAUCE
The traditional kebab sauce is a creamy yogurt sauce that is easy to prepare and gives this dish a sensational flavor. And not only this dish! You can make this sauce for other delicious recipes, such as add another touch of flavor to a salad or some baked potatoes.
As for meat, you can find different combinations of spices, you can also find many recipes for yogurt sauce. We will share a simple, quick and delicious version of this dish.
200 ml Greek yogurt
10 grams of fresh parsley
5 g of ground white pepper
5 g cumin powder
3 cloves of garlic
Yogurt sauce STEP BY STEP
Peel the garlic cloves, cut them in half and remove the germ. I have a wonderful garlic press (which you can find in many stores) that will be used for many recipes. Put the garlic in the press and you will see that they are super fine and ideal for dishes like this. Another option is to chop it very fine and very small.
Wash the fresh parsley and shake to remove excess water. You cut it too small.
Put the Greek yogurt in a bowl, add the crushed garlic, fresh parsley, cumin and ground pepper.
Mix everything to mix well and have it ready to serve with your kebab.
With information from Sabor Gourmet