Adana Kebab
Adana kebab, named after the fifth largest city in Turkey, is a very simple and tasty kebab. Serve with an onion salad and rice pilav for a delicious meal.


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  • 400 g (14 oz) minced lamb, quite fatty if possible!
  • 1 tbsp red pepper or chilli puree (Biber in Turkish)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp dried red pepper or chilli flakes
For the onion salad
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Lavash (or flour tortilla) to serve
  1. Mix together the meat, parsley, red pepper flakes and biber. Cover and marinate in the ‘fridge for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight.
  2. Split the meat mixture into two. Form each half into a long, thin, flat pattie.
  3. Place under a hot grill for about 15 minutes, turning every few minutes until nicely browned.
  4. For the onion salad, mix the ingredients together and chill in the ‘fridge for an hour.
  5. To serve the kebab: Cut the lavash into 6 pieces and arrange them on a plate in a shape similar to the kebab. Pour on some of the meat juices from the cooked kebab, and place the kebab on top.
Titli's Tips
There should be a reasonable amount of fat in the meat mixture to make a truly authentic Adana kebab – typically the ratio is 1 fat to 5 meat.

You can make this kebab as spicy as you like by adding hot chilli puree or adding more chilli flakes.

Any good Middle Eastern or Turkish store will normally stock biber, lavash bread and sumac. There isn’t really a substitute for sumac, so if you can’t find it just leave it out. You can substitute flour tortilla for lavash. For biber, you can either use a hot Chinese chilli puree, or chop some red chillis or capsicum peppers very finely.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 588 29%
Calories from Fat 422
Total Fat 46.9g 72%
Saturated Fat 20.4g 102%
Unsaturated Fat 22.9g
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 5.5g 1%
Dietary Fibre 1.0g 4%
Sugars 2.5g
Protein 33.8g 67%
Cholesterol 146.0mgs 48%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.