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Flavors of Istanbul: the Magnificent Iskender Kebab

Iskender Kebab

About the Dish:

Iskender kebab is a traditional Turkish dish made with thinly sliced lamb or beef that is grilled and served over pita bread, topped with a rich tomato sauce and melted butter. It is often accompanied by yogurt and served with grilled vegetables. The dish is known for its flavorful, tender meat and the combination of the tangy tomato sauce and creamy yogurt. Iskender kebab is a popular choice for meat lovers and is a favorite street food in Turkey.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 800mg
Total Carbohydrates 25g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 30g


Ingredient Quantity
Thinly sliced lamb or beef 500g
Pita bread 4 pieces
Tomato sauce 1 cup
Butter 50g
Yogurt 1 cup
Grilled vegetables (e.g. peppers, onions) to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Grill the thinly sliced lamb or beef until cooked through and slightly charred.
  • Step 2: Warm the pita bread in the oven or on a grill.
  • Step 3: In a separate pan, heat the tomato sauce until hot.
  • Step 4: Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Step 5: Place the warm pita bread on a plate and arrange the grilled meat on top.
  • Step 6: Pour the hot tomato sauce over the meat.
  • Step 7: Drizzle the melted butter over the top.
  • Step 8: Serve with a side of yogurt and grilled vegetables.

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