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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Adana Kebab

(Adana Kebap)

Adana Kebab - click to enlarge
500 gr lean ground mutton
100 gr fat from lamb tail, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped (use mixer) or 1 tbspfull red pepper paste
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

Mix all the ingredients together with your hands. Make a fist-sized ball and skewer it. Squeeze it on the skewer so that it thins and lengthens to acquire the shape shown in the picture. Cook on a grill. You can also barbeque tomatoes and green peppers on the side.

Serve with pita bread. Adana Kebab will taste better if you prepare the meat in advance and keep it refrigerated overnight.


At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I had Adana kebab in western Turkey several years ago, however this was strips of meat served on pide with a spicy tomato sauce andh yogurt on top. I guess it was a regional variant!

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

What you had in Turkey several years ago was Iskender Kebap. It is served as you described. Actually the beef is not cut in stripes, but rather in thin slices. It is also a very delicious dish. One day I will cook it and post the recipe. :)

At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody know why Adana kebab taste different when made in Turkey as opposed to say Australia. I have had Adana kebab made by several different people (self claimed chefs) in Australia and it just doesn't match the taste of Turkish made.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It may be because of the fact that it is cook on charcoal, they use lamb meat and animal fat (Fat rendered from the tail of a sheep) to make it more tastefull.

At 2:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mentioned 'Beyti Kebab' in this recipe... any thought on whether you will post a photo and instructions on how it is actually prepared and served? I had it a few years ago, loved it, and wish I knew exactly how it is prepared. Perhaps you can post instructional photos as you did with the sigara boregi? by the way, your webpage is fantastic! very good recipes.

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) I have been asked several times for recipes of Beyti Kebab
and Beyti Sarma. I will post Beyti Sarma soon.
Sure, I can also post instructional photos if that helps:)

At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Adana kebabs are often served with accompaniments like grilled pide, grilled vegetables and seasoned sliced red onions. How are the onions prepared - with sumac?

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Check out the Salads Section to find different kind of Salads which go
very well with any kind of Kebab. But what you are specifically asking
for is here;

At 4:49 AM, Anonymous chryssa said...


I was in Adana this summer, and after we had the tasty kebab I tried a dessert made similar to halva with almond and some kind of cheese or butter. I know I'm not giving too much info, but would you by any chance know what it is called? Or even better how to make it?

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Chryssa,
Check the Dessert Recipe section. It may be Flour Helva or Semolina
Helva. If it is not would you more specific:) Thanks...

At 4:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, I'll ask my mother-in-law, and will let you know x

At 1:53 AM, Anonymous red said...

For optimum results, i mince the meat with the cleaver instead of a machine. It really gives a different texture to the meat and enhance the taste. You really need some dexterity though :-)

At 9:52 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Red,
Good effort:) Originally professionals use Zirh which is a special blade to make minced beef. Absolutely though, you are right, it gives the real texture to Adana Kebab:)

At 5:30 AM, Anonymous Red said...

Also, I apologize for not saying this in my previous post : Binnur, you have a wonderful site, and the recipes are absolutely great ! Thank you for your effort !

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Red,
Thank you leaving me this lovely really made me happy:)

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur, very good web site, i've tried to make adana kebbab 10 times, and it was not great, i had it in nyc and the guy told me he used beef and lamb, tomato paste and red peppers, is that possible?
Tomato paste and beef? plus it had red pepper...Thank you....Simon

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is naturally not easy to catch the same taste in the oven grill at home.
For sure, the ingredients make difference but the commercial ovens absolutely give the taste you like. If you want to use tomato paste and red peppers (probably, paste), you may give it a shot and could also mix beef and lamb.

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When cooking adana kebap, how do you get the meat to stay on the beyti skewer? It always seems to break apart when I turn it on the grill. Help!

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It should be a thin and flat kofte, not thick otherwise it will fall apart.
Another thing is that if you puree fresh red pepper, use less amount for that. Real red pepper paste is more suitable for the flat skewer...

At 12:12 PM, Anonymous AngelaHarding said...

Binnur Thank you
Oh WOW I have been looking for the biber salcasi for so long I lived in Adana back in the 1980's and loved it.
The food the people the country and now thank's to you I can make the red pepper that go's in so much of the wonderful turkish food.

Thank you again.
Angie for the UK (LEICESTER)

At 11:03 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Angie,
Thank you:) Biber Salcasi adds more taste to our dishes...enjoy it:)

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous joan elmore said...

I would also like to thank you Binnur. Thanks to this sight I can now attempt to make my own Adana Kebab. I was in outside of Adana in the 80s and 90s and when I tasted my first one, I think I ate one everyday until I left. Needless to say, I crave them every now and then.

Thanks again,

At 8:11 PM, OpenID skycontroller said...

I just stumbled across your site! I am so happy!! I lived in Adana for a year in 2004. I loved all the food there and I had such a great time! I have craved Adana Kebabs since I left. I am so happy I found your site so now I can try to make it! Do you also have a recepie for Koban Salata (I think that is how it is spelled). It's a cucumber and tomato salad. Another one of my favorites!

At 7:42 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sharon,
Adana region has so many delicious dishes. I've already post Coban Salatasi (Shepherd's Salad), here is the address;
Also, Chicken Tava is here from Adana region;

At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur,
Bu dunyanin en guzeli Turk cookbook. Each of your recipe surprises me so much! I love all of them~~ and you ~~ Ben Cinliyim ve erkek arkadasim Turk. O bu yil Cinceye gelecek. Hope he would enjoy my cooking. Allah kursun. :)

At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was a kid, my dad was in the US Air Force and was stationed in Incerlik, Turkey. We lived there for two years. I was pretty young at the time, but I am able to remember most of it. I remember this one sauce that I really liked that was like a ketchup. My dad says its Adana Sauce. Would you know of a way to order this stuff? If not, do you know a recipe? Been looking for this off and on for a couple of years now and would really like to try it out again :) Thank you.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I think what you are asking is; the mixture of yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, chopped parsley, red pepper paste and cumin.

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your website! I live in NYC where I enjoy a chopped chicken kebab at The Turkish Kitchen, is the recipie the same as you have given for Adana kebap, just substituting chicken?

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I don't know chopped chicken kebab I mean it is ground or cut in small cubes:) So, I already posted the Chicken Shish Kebab. If you like you can try it:)

At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben San Diego'da yasiyorum. Bircok markete baktim ama kuyruk yagi bulamadim. Kuyruk yagini nereden bulabilirim? Tesekkur ederim.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Hicran,
Burada kasaplarda bulunuyor. Sanirim sen de oradaki kasaplarda bulabilirsin.


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