Who says you can’t grill your own kebabs in your own backyard? That and other mouth-watering, soul-melting (in a good way) middle eastern cuisine that will leave you wanting for more. Colorful, flavorful and aromatic. All these describe the said type of dish, but you’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg. Additionally, with some of our favorite meat skewers, you know you’ll never go wrong.
Meat Skewers: Kebabs And More!
Chicken. Lamb. Mutton. The three magic words when it comes to meat typically found in Middle Eastern cuisine. Additionally, they’re never served without fire. The metaphorical fire. Although, a lot of Mid East meat dishes are grilled that way. Play of words. Win-win.
Now, chicken. Something you are definitely familiar with. Who isn’t? Also, it’s among the easiest types of meat that you can readily try and make a recipe out of. But, you don’t need to do that. We’ll save you the trouble. Try our take on Persian turmeric and lime-based chicken. What you’ll love about this is that it’s very easy to make.
Have your chicken ready. Some diced cucumbers, cilantro, chopped onions and garlic, and basmati rice. For spices, cardamom, cumin, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground pepper. To add, some lime juice for zest. Olive oil, something we like to banner because it’s the healthier kind of cooking oil compared to others.
Put your chicken in a bowl. Add your chopped onions and garlic, pepper, salt, cumin. And then add the olive oil. Mix these together so that every part of the meat is covered in these ingredients.
Next, in a medium saucepan, mix the basmati rice with garlic until that yummy garlic smell comes out and becomes slightly roasted. Then in the chicken bowl mixture, n the r mix in cardamom and cinnamon.
By this time, there should be that savory smell rising from your chicken. Additionally, this is one of our favorite moments when cooking this dish.
In cooking the chicken mixture, pour it in a pot, with minimal water. Then add olive oil. Continue to stir it as it cooks, so that the spices with seep through its skin. Once almost done, add cucumbers and cilantro on top.
Serve with garlic fried rice and lime.
If you want to really experience that close-to-authentic taste, try the dish with yogurt. Use yogurt as a sort of dip for the chicken, then drizzle some freshly squeezed lemon on it and eat it with rice. It might be a different taste than from what you’re used to. Especially because yogurt is usually taken as a dessert. Well, you’re palette just widened!
Furthermore, if you want to skip the rice, that’s fine. You can replace it with pita. Similarly, you can heat up the pita in some butter, or not. It’s up to you. That can replace the grains. Plus, it’ll feel less heavy in the stomach. Perfect if you’re just up for a quick snack or a weight-friendly meal.