Karin’s kebab

A wonderful kebab with no onion for all of you who are allergic! So tasty and delicious!

We have a new family member and it is Karin who is the girlfriend of our youngest son Patrick. Quite early on I learned that she is allergic to all types of onions, Patrick said – yes, Mom, Karin’s allergy is a challenge for you! Truly so I said and immediately started thinking about dishes that we eat at home and how to manage to give taste to all these dishes without onions. One of these dishes is the Persian kebab. How is it possible to make it tasty without onions? I have now learned that one can replace onion!  Stricter practitioners of Hinduism are not allowed to eat onions or garlic, they replace it with a spice called Asafoetida or Hing. I haven’t tried it yet but will do so when given the opportunity.

It is available in powder form in Indian grocery stores and it usually comes in small jars. It is said that the spice has a very strong taste, so use it gently. According to (source), about 1/4 of a teaspoon is used for a dish for 4 people.

This is the result of an experiment I did with the ingredients I had at home. and the result was very just perfect!

Ingredients for 5 people

500 grams of ground veal (you can use other kinds of meat too)
100 grams of sun-dried tomatoes in oil
2 teaspoons salt
2/5 of a teaspoon black pepper
2/5 of a teaspoon ground cumin
2/5 of a teaspoon garam masala
2/5 of a teaspoon turmeric

140 grams (4,94 ounce) of goat- or feta cheese


  1. Measure out all the ingredients for the kebab, strain the sun-dried tomatoes and then run it in a small mixer – the result should be like mash.
  2. Mix everything except the cheese in a large bowl and process it properly either by hand or in a food processer.
  3. Divide the meat mixture into 5 equal parts.
  4. Flatten the meat as shown in the video.
  5. Put a piece of cheese in the middle and fold it together so that the meat covers the cheese – set it aside until you are done with all.
  6. Place a piece of plastic wrap on the kitchen counter and place a meat roll on it. Fold up and roll it hard from both ends as I show in the video. What one should watch out for is that not to make them too thick!  Now the meat should rest in the fridge for a few hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 347 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius.
  8. Remove the kebab from the fridge, remove the plastic.
  9. Melt some butter and oil in a frying pan, have it at fairly high heat, fry the kebabs so that they get a nice roasting surface and color.
  10. Put it in an ovenproof dish and in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.

Serve with rice, a tasty tomato sauce, and green salad.

You can advantageously use the ready-made tomato sauce i. ex. Barilla with basil or olives.



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