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Chelo Kebab Recipe

The chelo kebab is the national dish of Iran. Served on skewers over a bed of rice, this recipe is basic, yet full of flavor. I prefer to grill this over a charcoal grill than over a gas grill because the flavor is much better. If you do not have a grill, use the broiler in your oven.


  • 1 lb. ground beef or lamb
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped


In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Combine well using wooden spoon, or with your hands. Mixing with your hands allows the mixture to combine better.

Take about 1/4 meat mixture and make into a ball. Place ball through flat skewers, and shape into square cigar-like shapes. Repeat with remaining meat.

Place on grill and cook about 4-6 minutes each side, until meat is no longer pink and is done.

Serve over a bed of white rice and pita bread. Serve with a salad, like a fattoush or tabbouleh.

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