"Shish kebab in which şiş [Turkish: Şiş Kebap], is the Turkish word for "skewer," kebab the word for "roast" is a dish consisting of meat threaded on a skewer and grilled. Any kind of meat may be used; cubes of fruit or vegetables are often threaded on the spit as well. Typical vegetables include eggplant, tomato, bell pepper, onions, and mushrooms.
In North American English, the word "kebab" usually refers to shish kebab
"The kebab term is applied to Azerbaijani, Armenian, Arabic, Turkish, Cypriot, Kurdish, Iranian, Iraqi, Central Asian, South Asian and some of the African cuisines."
"The origin of kebab may lie in the short supply of cooking fuel in the Near East, which made the cooking of large foods difficult, while urban economies made it easy to obtain small cuts of meat at a butcher's shop. The phrase is essentially Persian in origin and Arabic tradition has it that the dish was invented by medieval persian soldiers who used their swords to grill meat over open-field fires."
"Kebab, a wide variety of meat dishes originating in Middle East and later on adopted by the Middle East, Turkey and Asia Minor, and now found worldwide. In English, kebab with no qualification generally refers more specifically to shish kebab served on the skewer. In the Middle East, however, kebab includes grilled, roasted, and stewed dishes of large or small cuts of meat, or even ground meat; it may be served on plates, in sandwiches, or in bowls."
"The traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and taboos, it may now be beef, goat, chicken, pork; fish and seafood; or even vegetarian foods like falafel or tofu. Like other ethnic foods brought by travellers, the kebab has become part of everyday cuisine in many countries around the globe."
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