Toothpick Kebabs, Also Known As "Kebab Koobideh"

Toothpick Kebabs, Also Known As "Kebab Koobideh"

Toothpick Kebabs, Also Known As "Kebab Koobideh," are a popular Persian dish made with ground meat, typically lamb or beef, and a variety of spices. Here's a recipe you can try at home:


 1 lb ground beef or lamb

1 medium onion, grated or finely chopped

1 egg

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp coriander

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cardamom

1 tbsp vegetable oil


 In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, grated onion, egg, salt, black pepper, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Mix well with your hands until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.

Preheat the grill or broiler to medium-high heat.

Divide the meat mixture into 8-10 portions and shape each portion into a long, thin sausage shape.

Insert a toothpick through each sausage shape, about 1 inch from each end.

Brush the kebabs with vegetable oil and place them on the grill or under the broiler.

Cook for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the kebabs are golden brown and cooked through.

Serve hot with flatbread, rice, and/or salad.

Enjoy your toothpick kebabs!

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