Persian Kebab Koobideh

Kebab in the Iranian culture is one of super foods. Kebab is a kind of meat dish. It does not necessarily need to be only lamb or beef grounded meat , it could be combination of both together.

One of popular kebabs in Iran, is kebab koobideh. Kebab might be served with rice ( pilaf/polow ) along with salad, fresh herbs . This rice with kebab is a simple and plain rice without any herbs or nuts. And sometimes kebab served in wrapped flat naan bread ( Lavash, or Sangak).


Kebab koobideh literally means a kind of kebab has been grounded, so koobideh means grounded.

Iranian food and cuisine poorly represented in international level. I love to introduce and present Iranian/Persian food as much as I can.


Please share my recipes with your friends and let them know more about my beautiful country, with friendly people and delicious dishes.

Some Iranian foods have long history and return to ancient time ( thousand or hundreds years ago) some are forgotten from Persian table. I just try with sharing my recipes present Persian cuisine.

I hope my recipes will capture my Iranian and non-Iranian friends attention.




500 g grounded meat ( mixed minced)

1 medium onion, grated and drained

Salt and pepper to taste




Finely grate onion. Squeeze onion juice to get rid of all moisture, other wise kebab meat will fall off from skewers in the cooking process.

In a bowl with meat, add onion, season with salt and pepper. Combine together and knead meat mixture well for 2-3 minutes until meat mixture becomes paste like. Keep the meat in the fridge for 3-4 hours.



Preheat the oven to 180C.

Make your fingers wet with tap water. It will help meat does not stick to your hand. Get an orange size meat portion in the palm of your hand and press the meat to the kebab skewer.

Once you prepared all kebabs in the skewers. Put slices of flat naan bread in baking tray and put kebabs on the bread, so you will catch kebab juice on the bread.


Place the tray in the oven and let to cook for 25-30 minutes.

Once all kebabs are done. Get one slice of naan bread ( Persian Lavash bread or tortilla) rub some butter on the bread, spread some freshly chopped chives, coriander, parsley and onion. Place pieces of kebab top of it. Sprinkle sumac on kebab. Wrap the bread and enjoy it.









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