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Adana Kebab

Updated: Feb 15

  • The original recipe for Adana kebab, a Turkish specialty that is easy to make. The meat is tasty and soft, the mixture is : beef and lamb minced meat, vegetables and various spices gives it an even better aroma. It is served with salads and in a warm bun, see the recipe here, or pilaf or baked potatoes. There are a lot of similarities in Serbian and Turkish cuisine, certainly both cuisines are fantastic! Follow recipe.

Ingredients: simple, total time: 60 min, 4 servings
  • 1 kg beef/mutton/lamb minced/ (70% meat, 30% fat)

  • 1 medium red bell pepper/diced

  • 6 cloves garlic /minced

  • 1 large onion /finely chopped

  • 1/2 bunch of parsley or coriander/ finely chopped

  • 3/4 Tbsp salt

  • 1 tsp of black pepper

  • 1 Tbsp of sumac pomegranate powder /or lemon juice 2 Tbsp with 1/8 tsp lemon zest

  • 1/2 Tbsp coriander powder

  • 1 tsp of cumin powder

  • 2 tsp red chili pepper

  • 1 tsp of paprika powder

For Frying:

  • 3 Tbsp oil for frying

For Salad:

  • 1 big onion chopped /on thin slices

  • 2 medium tomatoes /diced

  • 4 Tbsp of parsley or coriander/finely chopped

  • 2 Tbsp of lemon juice

  • 1/2 sumac- pomegranate powder or 1/4 black pepper


Mixture for Kebab:

  1. In a super chopper or in a deep container, first put the minced meat and finely chopped: onion, parsley, garlic, and red bell pepper. Put the ingredients together, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix again. The mixture must be compact and well composed, put it in the refrigerator for 30 min.


  1. Cut the onion in half and cut into thin fillets, and dice the tomatoes, chop the parsley into small pieces, then add the other ingredients and mix in a deep bowl.

  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge while you make the kebab.


  1. For this kebab, you will need special flat skewers about 35 cm long and about 3 cm wide. And one smaller container with water where you will dip your fingers while making kebabs.

  2. Take a larger mixture of meat mixture, like when you make lumps and place a piece on a skewer and shape it to get it in length, it must be divided and equal on both sides. After that, dip your fingers in water and make folds on the meat like a kebab that looks like in the picture. The kebab must be about 30 cm long.

  3. Grease the baking sheet with the help of a brush, place the ready kebabs on a pan or grill and cook equally on both sides until it takes on a nice color. Remove the finished kebabs from the skewers and serve with salad in a plate with fries or in a bun-Naan bread look recipe here, as you prefer.

Buon appetito!

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