Kabab Tabei – How to Cook it

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kabab tabei

Kebab tabeyi is a traditional dish from Iran. It is made with skewered and grilled meat, usually lamb or chicken, that is marinated in a mixture of spices and served with grilled vegetables and rice. The meat is often marinated in a blend of onions, tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice, and a variety of spices like turmeric, paprika, and cumin to add flavor and tenderize the meat. This dish is a popular food in Iran and is often served as a main course at family gatherings and special events.

How to cook

Here is a simple recipe for making Kebab tabeyi:


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast or leg, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 skewers
  • Rice, for serving
  • Grilled vegetables, for serving (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, onion, tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice, turmeric, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cover the bowl and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  4. Thread the chicken onto the skewers, leaving a little space between each piece.
  5. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is fully cooked and slightly charred.
  6. Serve the kebabs hot with rice and grilled vegetables, if desired.

This recipe serves 4 people. Enjoy your delicious Kebab tabeyi!

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