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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Kabob shashlik (Kebab)

In Uzbekistan, there are so many ways to cook "Kabob"s! "Shashlik" can be made of lamb, beef or chicken. It can be made of whole or ground meat. You can also add some vegetables to make your meat even juicier and flavorful. The main secret of delicious "Kabob-Shashlik" is lamb's tail fat and the marination. You have to marinade meat beforehand. There are different recipes of marination-yogurt with spices, sprinkling water with spices, vinegar with spices and etc. can be used for marination.  Choose your favorite. Today I am posting the recipe of marination the meat in sprinkling water. Try to buy fresh, soft and tender meat.
1 kg of meat (lamb or beef)
2 big onions, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp of coriander
1 tbsp of cumin seeds
1tbsp of salt
1tsp of chili powder
1 tsp of ground pepper
500 ml of sparkling water
Cut meat in 15-20 gram pieces. Put in a deep bowl and season with spices and onion, finely mash with hands. Add in sparkling water, cover with flat dish, put some weight on it and put in cold dark place for at least 5 hours or in a fridge for overnight. (If the weather is too hot, put your meat in the fridge).

Cube lamb's tail fat just before cooking. Cut pieces must be the same size as meat pieces.
Drain all the liquid from meat. Skew the meat pieces to grill sticks, alternating with fat pieces.

Cook "Kabob-Shashlik" on a heated coal, rotating every minute until browned.

You will see how heavenly will it smell, just YUM!
Peel some onions, slice and mash them with 1 tsp of white vinegar, wash under cold water and serve along with "Kabob-shashlik". Enjoy without thinking about calories:)
Yoqimli ishtaha!!!


  1. I love your blog dear :) Thank you!

  2. Dear Malika, I will share your recipe with a friend and give full credit to you. Thank you very much. Happy New Year!!!

  3. Saytizzi o´zbek tiliga tarjima qilingan variantini qilsangiz judam xursand bo´lardik.


  4. Tried this recipe over the weekend. amazing recipe. A must try one.

    My wife gifted me this Kabobeque bbq grill and i tried this recipe on it. Came out great.

    I made this on stainless steel skewers which came with the kabobeque grill Kabobeque BBQ Grill. Keep up the good recipes :)

    1. Thank you so much for your appreciation Gregory! You are more than welcome to my blog!

  5. I can practically smell it right now! YUM

  6. Hi Malika

    I like your recipes a lot. My first introduction to Uzbek food was in Moscow, Russia and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Totally looking forward to trying this recipe for Shashlik.

    Warm greetings from Oslo, Norway.

    1. Hi there! Let me know about the results:) and thank you for appreciation!

  7. Hi Malika, i was glad to find your blog on the net. I was in Tashkent and 20 years ago immigrated to Australia myself, Uzbek kitchen one of the best in the world. Our family still cook "our uzbek" dishes everyday including lagman, plov, shalik, kurma shashlik...Great post raxmat i spasibo