Based on the available historical documents, the first Iranian Kebab serving restaurant was established in Tabriz, near Ghafghaz border. In fact, Qajari King, “Nasser e ddin Shah” who was the originally from Ghafghaz brought Kebab to Iran and later varied by the chefs. The shapes of Kebabs changed and showed up in today’s form. By the passing of time, Kebab cooking got common throughout the whole country and found its way on people’s dining tables.
Introduction of Kabab Digi
Kabab Digi ( Persian Pan Kebab) is one of the most popular and delicious Persian dishes. It’s better to know that Kebab Digi is one of the oldest traditional Persian dishes. In some cities of Iran like Arak, Kabab Digi is made in a pan and that’s why it’s called Pan Kebab ( Kabab Digi). It may be interesting for you to know that Bulgarian people cook a kind of kebab similar to Persian pan kebab. Bulgarians usually make kebab with french fries, Bulgarian cheese with cool drinks such as Doogh ( Persian traditional drink) or cola. They also use black pepper and cumin to marinate meat. Skewer is not used to make Kabab Digi but in order to formalize the pan kebab, wooden skewer can be used. To cook this kebab, you can also use mince chicken.
The ingredients of Kabab Digi
- Mince meat or mince chicken 500 gr.
- Onion – 1 grated and water-free
- Tomato as many as needed
- Green pepper as you wish
- Parsley- diced 2 tablespoon
- Salt, pepper as much as needed
- Brewed saffron 1 dessertspoon
- Sumac as much as needed
How to cook Kabab Digi
The cooking process is very simple and easy. First, grate the onion, take out the onion water and keep it in another bowl. Mix the onion with mince lamb meat or beef or even mince chicken breast. Add parsley, salt, pepper and brewed saffron to the mixture. Mix them well. Pour some oil or butter in a pan. Set the kebab on wooden skewer and pour sumac on them. The heat must be average. Turn the skewers in a few minutes. Spread the kebabs on the pan and put the lid on. By a sharp knife, cut the kebabs by a similar measurement and pour the onion water on the meat. Do not forget french fries beside tomato and green pepper. It can be served both with rice or bread.
A few tips for a better Kabab Digi
- If possible, try to use meat with no fat or less fat. The most appropriate meat is the combination of lamb and beef.
- Onion must be grated, water separated.
- The ingredients must be well blended together to be mixed thoroughly.
- If you prefer, you can add a tablespoon of oil while kebabs are being baked to be fried well.
- Some people fry the kebabs to cook Kabab Digi but this action leads kebabs to be tough.
- Kabab Digi would be perfect with fried tomato and french fries.
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What to pair with Kabab Digi
Kabab Digi is a super tasty dish and it would be much more tasty along with pomegranate olives, Shirazi salad and Torshi (mixed pickled).
Appetizer and dessert with Kabab Digi
As an appetizer, Kale Kabab would be the best one. As a dessert afterwards, Persian fragrant tea with today’s cake is perfect.
To read more about a meat-based Persian dish, you can visit Qorme Sabzi.
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