Beyti kebab

Beyti kebab

The dish Beyti Kebab got its name from two different origins. Beyti was from a popular restaurant in Istanbul named after Beyti Güler, the owner who was inspired in 1961 by a Swiss butcher Möller in his method of preparing meat when he was visiting Switzerland. Kebab is a Persian word that means grilled meat. Hence, Beyti Kebab is a dish consisting of ground beef or baby lamb grilled on a skewer and served wrapped in lavash and topped with tomato sauce and yogurt. This dish is very popular in Turkey.

I was once in Turkey and when I cooked the dish, I was really overwhelmed by how the public enjoyed it that many are ordering for a take-out.

Beyti kebab

Beyti kebab recipe

Beyti kebab consists of chopped lamb – beef can also be used, but I think lamb helps to emphasize the classic Turkish flavor – lavash (thin flatbread), tomato sauce and yogurt. Here you get my slightly altered version, but still faithful to the taste. The Beyti Kebap is a Turkish-inspired dish consisting of yoghurt-coated, skewered lamb wrapped in dough and grilled over a charcoal fire. Ready from the grill, the kebap is then garnished with tomato sauce, pinch of ghee and pistachio to bring out the flavours.

Ingredients
  

  • tbsp. bread crumbs from white bread – eg. toast or french bread
  • ½ tbsp. milk
  • 600 g chopped lamb
  • 2 tsp. bumped cumin
  • 2 tsp. cracked coriander
  • ½ teaspoon. red chili pepper
  • 4 tortilla wraps – depending on size
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. onion powder – you can of course also use approx. ⅓ finely chopped onions but the onion powder is faster and we love fast moments
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder – you can of course … same as with onion
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoons yogurt or other buttermilk product for example turkish or greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

When grilling:

  • Place the breadcrumbs in the milk for a couple of minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix lamb, bread crumbs, cumin, coriander, ½ teaspoon freshly squeezed pepper, chili pepper and a little salt, and let it rest in the fridge for an hour.
  • Grill over a charcoal on a wide skewer for approx. 20 minutes – remember to turn them around often.
  • Prepare the tomato sauce by first chopping the tomatoes.
  • Heat the pan with medium heat, add tomatoes, onion and garlic powder, tomato puree and salt and pepper and let it boil for a few minutes.
  • Roll the grilled mixture into the tortilla wraps, bake the ends and cut your beyti kebab into mundane pieces
  • Serve with yogurt, tomato sauce and rice.

When using the oven

  • Place the breadcrumbs in the milk for a couple of minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix lamb, bread crumbs, cumin, coriander, ½ teaspoon freshly squeezed pepper, chili pepper and a little salt, and let it rest in the fridge for an hour.
  • Roll the mixture into the tortilla wraps, bake the ends and cut your beyti kebab into mundane pieces
  • Place the beyti rolls in a large baking tray and bake in preheated oven at 170 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes.
  • Prepare the tomato sauce by first chopping the tomatoes.
  • Heat the pan with medium heat, add tomatoes, onion and garlic powder, tomato puree and salt and pepper and let it boil for a few minutes.
  • Serve with yogurt, tomato sauce and rice.

Video

Good appetite!

If you have problems following the steps, I recommend watching this alternative video posted below:

Cooking time:

Preparation time: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

What is beyti kebab

Beyti kebab is a dish that can be served with Turkish bread (if you don’t have Turkish bread try to substitute it with Indian flat bread), rice, or chips. It consists of minced meat and onions along with spices such as salt, pepper, paprika, and parsley. This dish originated in Istanbul which has the highest number of kebab restaurants worldwide.

Where does beyti kebab come from

This dish originated in Istanbul in Turkey which has the highest number of kebab restaurants worldwide.

What to serve with beyti kebab

Some people like to serve it with Turkish bread while others prefer to have them on their plates with some vegetables such as lettuce leaves or tomato slices for added flavor. Others use white tangy cheese sauce instead; this goes well with those who want something sweet but not too spicy on top of the already flavorful dish. Also, have some lemon and olive oil at the dinner table both for main dish as well as for the Turkish bread and salad on the side.

Below there is a list of vegetables to serve with the dish, and also consider having some feta cheese around as well as french fries for those young people that need it for every meal. 

Good vegetables to serve with beyti kebab

  • Lettuce leaves
  • Tomato slices or grilled tomatoes or fresh tomatoes – everything with tomato.
  • Cucumber sticks or chopped cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Eggplant like fried eggplant or an eggplant salad
  • Onions and garlic cloves.
  • Red bell peppers
  • Green peppers – well both green and red pepper will work great 🙂
  • Spicy mashed vegetables
  • Hot peppers

What to drink to beyti kebab

Beyti kebabs have a lot of spices already added to them, so some people might want something that will cool down their palate. Iced tea is good for this and yogurt drinks are also preferred by those who like more mild flavors with less acidity in them.

Is beyti kebab healthy

This dish is low in calories, which makes it an ideal choice for those looking to lose weight or eat healthily. The main ingredients are meat and onions so this dish lacks the fat content found in other dishes such as fried food. Even though most people don’t usually think of kebabs when they hear “healthy food,” beyti kebab still satisfies all dietary needs because it has protein (meat), carbs (bread), and vegetables that can make any plate complete even if you’re trying to watch your diet.

How many calories are there in beyti kebab

There are about 500 calories in beyti kebab serving per person.

List of alternatives to chopped lamb in beyti kebab

Here comes a list of alternatives to grilled baby lamb in beyti kebab

  • Ground beef
  • Ground turkey
  • Chicken breast

These are all great substitutes for the meat found in beyti kebabs. With a little creativity and a change in spices, your dish will still taste delicious! Try using vegetables such as eggplant or zucchini instead of onions too.

How to pronounce beyti

The word beyti is pronounced “bay-tee” and it means “thinly sliced.”

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