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Traditional Street Food of Turkey: Savory Doner Kebabs Recipe

Entry #2303, April 16, 2013

Turkey is known for its wide variety of street foods and one staple street food that immediately comes to our mind when someone talks about Turkey is The Doner Kebab. Usually made on a vertical rotisserie called a spit, Doner Kebab has become one of the most preferred fast foods in the European countries. Let’s have a look how you can cook it at home using a frying pan.

Doner Kebabs – Traditional Turkey Recipe

Doner Kebabs

Doner Kebabs

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2 lbs leg of lamb (boned and cut into slices)

2 lbs ground lamb

1-tablespoon black pepper

2-3 tablespoons salt

1-cup olive oil

3 cups processed onions, until liquid

1 tomato

2-tablespoon butter

1-tablespoon cumin

1-tablespoon pimento

Eat Doner Kebabs in a sandwich or as full meal.

Eat Doner Kebabs in a sandwich or as full meal

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  1. Remove any bits of bones and skin from meat. Cut it into serving slices, approximately ¼-1/2 inches thick. Pound the meat with a tenderizer.
  2. Prepare a marinade by mixing olive oil, onion juice, salt, pepper, and, milk. Pour it over the meat and cover the dish with a plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Next day take out the meat from the refrigerator and allow it to come to the room temperature (Approximately 30-45 minutes). Use a knife or a meat cutter to shred it and then fry it in a teflon pan for 3 minutes on one side before flipping to the other side. Consider cooking the meat in olive oil for healthier preparation.
  4. Serve the meat in a Turkish style by taking it off from the frying pan and putting it plane on the plate. You can also serve it on pita bread with a yogurt dressing prepared with bell-pepper flakes, cumin, salt, and, pimento.

Tip: Traditionally, Doner Kebabs were served on a plate with rice, hot sauce, ground paprika, and melted butter.

Overall, Doner kebab is looked at as a comfort food. It can be eaten in a sandwich or as full meal. The choice is yours!

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  1. Sara

    Hi Anchal – Thanks for recommending cookware with Teflon® nonstick coatings while making your Doner Kebabs recipe! I represent DuPont and it’s always a pleasure to see people recommending our products in their recipes.

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