Marinated ground beef with onion served with rice, salad and grill tomato and yogurt sauce
Kabab koobideh (Persian: کباب کوبیده) or kūbide (Persian: کوبیده) is a Persian minced meat kabab which is made from ground lamb, beef or chicken, often mixed with parsley and chopped onions.
Kabab is means “Cooking on Fire” and Koobideh or Koubideh refers to the style that meat was prepared, originally meat was placed on a flat stone (precisely a black flat stone) and was smashed by wooden mallet. It is cooked on a skewer – “shish” means skewer in Turkish (written şiş), but “six” in Persian.
Preparation and cooking To prepare koobideh, one uses minced lamb or beef (precisely 20% fat 80% meat) and minces the meat twice for a finer consistency otherwise the kabab will feel like a hamburger if minced just once. Add salt, garlic powder, black pepper, celery powder, sumac, very finely grated onion (the extra juice is squeezed out and saved for later) and one egg yolk per pound of meat. Mix all ingredients, cover, and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight. Grill on skewers over hot coal. Serve on Polo (Persian rice pilaf with oil, salt and saffron) or Adas Polo (same rice pilaf with lentils), accompanied by grilled tomatoes and onions cooked on the grill next to the kabob. Sumac is usually served as a tableside garnishing spice. Chicken kabab koubideh is made in the same method using chives or green onions, parsley, salt and pepper – no turmeric and no sumac. It is served over Baghali Polo (dill and broad bean rice pilaf)
In the United States, Koobideh Kabob is becoming more popular, especially in cities with Midwestern immigrant communities, such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Omaha, Seattle, San Diego, and Los Angeles. In contrast, gyros, Considered Greek food, are popular across the U.S., and frequently are found as street carts or mobile stands as fair food as well as at Greek-and Italian-style pizza and sandwich shops like Persian cuisine San Diego that have all of Turkish food like a Persian Restaurant in San Diego.