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      Nazneen
      April 29, 2013

      Thanks Amy! Yes, they are good with the spices definitely. The herbs make a big difference too.

  1. April 19, 2013

    I love this kind of food. Kefta is also something my mom makes a lot of time for dinner.
    Yours look so perfect !!

  2. April 18, 2013

    I love a good kebab, but I’ve never attempted making them at home. Your post inspired me to change that! Thank you for sharing. A delicious end to a good evening. I hope you have a blessed weekend!

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      Nazneen
      April 18, 2013

      Thank you Monet! They are quite easy to make at home and I hope you try them. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Nazneen
      April 18, 2013

      Hi Kristi! Thanks so much. I hope you try them out and thanks for stopping by!

  3. April 18, 2013

    Nazneen, I actually tried baharat flavored chicken kebab when I was visiting my sis in law in Dubai. It was wrapped in lavash with some creamy hummus. I’m totally with you on adding cooked onions to keep the minced chicken kebab moist and wonderful. Since my daughter does not like onions I add cooked eggplant or zucchini or mushrooms. Most times I don’t add anything, buy the meat from butcher with some fat.

    Now I have your recipe I am going to look for Arabic spice and make the kebab exactly your way.
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      Nazneen
      April 18, 2013

      Hi Balvinder! Yep, they are everywhere in the ME. Fairly easy to make and quite open to improvisation. The baharat is a great spice blend and can be used for many things.

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      Nazneen
      April 18, 2013

      Thanks Shu! Satay is good too…i pretty much like all meat on a stick.

  4. Eha
    April 17, 2013

    Yes, pretty please to a kefta/kofta/kebab season! This recipe sounds terrific and I would so like to know some more Middle-Eastern etc ways of doing the same! Coming originally from N Europe, all kinds of meat patties naturally were on the weekly menu. But when I first saw the Middle Eastern/Asian ways of cooking much more interested recipes in that long and elegant shape, the ‘wow’ factor was immediate! I have not had problems cooking them on the grill [oops, griddle in the US methinks!] : when I want to turn a stick I gently push a long and narrow spatula underneath the cooking meat and kind’of flip it gently: it does work :) !

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      Nazneen
      April 18, 2013

      Thanks Eha! I will endeavour to make more kebabs and post about them. Indian cooking has many different kinds as does ME…I will work on that. Thanks for the comment!

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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      Thanks Minnie! They turned out well and with the bread…perfect!

  5. April 17, 2013

    Could we please know the name and location of the store in Denver. I sometimes come to Denver and would like another source for “clean” meat!

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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      Hi Caterina, the shop is Arash market on Parker Rd (and Yale).

  6. April 17, 2013

    I’ll eat any and all kebabs! I love them. My garden is starting to put out mint like crazy, so I’m good to go with this recipe. 😉 Really good stuff – thanks.
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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      My kinda guy John!! Love kebabs and lucky you…I adore mint.

  7. April 17, 2013

    Yes, we can find kebobs here, Nazneen, but I bet few can compare with those you’ve shared here. They sound delicious! I think I’d be more prone to make patties, though. I envision my kebabs falling off the skewers during the grilling. Patties won’t be falling anywhere! Thanks, for sharing your recipe and for teaching me a bit about kebabs. This was a great post!
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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      I’ve lost many a kebab down the grate John! I don’t blame you for doing patties…though somehow, my husband always loses patties too. Thanks John!

  8. Mimi
    April 17, 2013

    These look so much better than what I’ve tried before! Can you tell me what’s in Arabic spice?

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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      Mimi, the Arabic spice is the same thing as baharat…I have included the recipe for baharat in the ingredient section. You ca make your own or you can buy a ready made blend if you have a Middle Eastern store near you. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Barb @ Profiteroles & Ponytails
    April 17, 2013

    Nazneen this is such an informative post. I have wondered what halal meat means because I see it in the stores here in Toronto. Now I want to find a good local kebab place! In the meantime I have this great recipe to try!

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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      Yep. Many halal food shops in Toronto. You should have no problem finding a good kebab place there, one i know off hand is Bamiyan…an Afghani place…wonderful. It’s close to the Ontario science museum or centre. I will ask my nephew and let you know.

  10. April 17, 2013

    I love your dedication to obtain quality ingredients. Your chicken kefta kabobs look so tender. I can’t wait to make my own BAHARAT spice, this sounds beautiful. You know I always have an issue when I make a chicken yakitori kabob with ground chicken to get it to stay on the stick and not to stick on the grill. Any other tricks you suggest to help with that problem?
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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      Thanks Bobbi, more than dedication it’s just the idea of eating meat that has been allowed by God. You feel better doing it. As far as getting it to stick, I noticed if the chicken is freshly ground and still sticky, it has no problem. Unfortunately, when we add sauces and marinades and onions, it waters it down a bit and then we have issues with the cohesiveness. You could try an egg if you can use eggs, or some other kind of binder.

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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      Thanks Maureen! My favourite thing to eat out is kebabs too.

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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      I make beef ones too but chose chicken last week. Thanks for stopping by Sarah.

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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      Thanks Nami! I have no choice but to drive 40 minutes and it is worth it because I get all kinds of goodies when I go.

  11. April 16, 2013

    Looks amazing! I order kebab a lot at restaurants, so DELICIOUS. I would love to make my own, thanks for sharing!
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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      Hi Natalie! I hope you can make them, they are quite easy and taste great off the grill.

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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      Thanks Charlie! I do like the spice blend and you can use it in so many dishes to get an Arabic inspired dish.

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      Nazneen
      April 17, 2013

      Thanks Denise! I love kebabs and their history too!!

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