The Story Behind The Origin Of Seekh Kebab Is As Interesting As The Dish Itself!

Origin Of Seekh Kebab

Come Ramzan and everyone irrespective of their faith is headed to the Mohammed Ali Road for an all nighter-chomping onto the scrumptious kebabs.

And of course, over the weekend what’s better than to hang out with your buddies, exploring the bylanes of South Mumbai, with places serving you authentic Mughlai and North Indian meaty feasts?

Seekh Kebab happens to be one of the all-time favorites of a meat-eater. But again, have you ever wondered who exactly created this finger-licking goodness? Or how it crawled its way into the famous non-veg cuisine served all over India?

Seekh kebab

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Let us know about the origin of Seekh Kebab:

The story goes like this. Seekh Kebab, originally known as Shish Kebab was introduced to us by the Turks. *Bubble burst*! In Turkish, Shish Kebab literally, means Gobbets of meat roasted on a spit or skewers. Shish actually means a “sword” or skewer and Kebab means “to roast”, which is what it actually is.

Legend has it that Shish Kebab was first originated on the open field as the Turkish soldiers would take shelter in the forests during night time and hunt for any wild meat that they could find, skewer it on their sword, and roast it over the bonfire.

This method was used by Turkish tribes during the war as they pushed west from their homeland in Central Asia while they first invaded Anatolia.

Origin Of Seekh Kebab

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In the Arab world, the same preparation is called Shish Kabab or Lahm Mishwy (grilled meat). The true Shish Kebabs are pieces of marinated lamb affixed to flat or four sided bladed metal skewers that are grilled over a fire suspended by a skewer holder, without the meat ever touching the grilling grate.

The varieties of marinades are wide and could include any combinations of olive oil, lemon juice, onion juice, milk, yogurt, bay leaves, cinnamon, cumin, and other spices.

The original recipe of the Shish Kebabs does not include any vegetables, but a lot of restaurateurs’ now have started skewering tomatoes, onion wedges, bell peppers, and mushrooms along with the meat, or on a separate skewer to make it more palatable and attractive.

Probably, the most famous preparation of barbecued lamb comes with a lot of variations in the recipes. Varieties of Kebabs available are endless.

It can be prepared with lamb, beef, chicken or fish. However, pork is not used.

Ode to the Turkish soldiers for the platter of kebabs.

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Dr. Nida Kazi

Dr Nida Kazi is a health coach & nutritionist specialising in sports nutrition and Doctor of alternative medicine (M.D, A.M). She is a fitness enthusiast and firmly believe in the priniciple of eating right and exercising regularly. She likes exploring different cuisines and finding the interesting facts behind all foods and researching their origin. And what is life without a little sliver of nature, her interests involve hiking in the woods, going on adventurous expeditions and water sports.

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