Turkish Recipes

Bowl of Kebab (Tas Kebabı)

Bowl kebab is my mom's specialty that you request every time you return home. It's a family favorite in our home too. Even the picky ones love this dish.

Bowl Kebap is a very simple recipe. Cooking time is around 15 minutes, but you need to cook the meat between 1-2 hours for tenderness and deliciousness.

Some people find how this dish is cooked confusing and are reluctant to try it. I assure you it is very simple. All you need to do before getting your ingredients ready is (1) find a bowl with a flat rim that can hold ~ 2 pounds of meat; (2) and a wide saucepan that the bowl can fit in if it's upside down. Voila! You are ready.

serves 4-6 people

~ 2 lb of beef or lamb stew
1-1 1/2 cup of diced onions
1 tsp or more black ground pepper
1-1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
2-3 tbsp tomato or paprika paste

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter
2 cups of boiling water

(Optional: 2-3 potatoes, peeled and diced. Traditionally, kebab is simply made from meat in the bowl, no vegetables are used. Sometimes, however, I like the addition of potatoes to this dish. Potatoes boiled in meat juice are wonderful baby food when mashed.)

-For this dish you will find a bowl with a flat, even rim that is heat-resistant and contains all the ingredients. Next, find a saucepan that would fit the bowl upside down like the one in the picture.
-If you are using potatoes, put them on the bottom of the bowl.
– In another bowl, mix the meat, onion, salt, pepper, olive oil and tomato or paprika paste with your hands. Get on there and make sure the meat is coated in everything.
– Add this meat mixture to the bowl on top of the potatoes. If you're not using potatoes, just put the meat in the bowl. Depending on the size of the bowl, the meat may or may not go all the way up. Both ways are fine.
– Scatter small pieces of butter on top.
– Put the pot on the bowl. Secure both the pot and the bowl with your hands and turn the pot over so that the bowl is upside down as in the picture above.
– Since we are cooking the bowl's kebap in this way and don't want the bowl to move, place a heavy container on top to seal or stabilize the bowl in the pot: a full jug, a teapot or one filled with water Kettle water like me.
– Pour 2 cups of boiling water into the saucepan to fill between the bowl and the saucepan.
-Start cooking on high. Once you see bubbles on the sides of the bowl, turn it on low or medium low and cook for between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. With really good meat, 1 1/2 hours would be enough. However, if you are using a cheaper cut I would recommend cooking for 2 hours. Regardless, this method cooks deliciously for two hours.
-When you turn it off, you will have to move the jug, teapot or whatever you put on it and slowly remove the bowl, keeping the ingredients in the pot to mix with the water, which now turns into delicious juice has transformed. If you don't remove the bowl while it is still hot, it may be sucked in and sealed to the pot. If this happens, don't panic, just heat the bowl's kebap up. When it gets warm you can take the bowl back.

-Serve bowl of kebab with any type of rice or cereal, but I have to say it's best with buttery white rice and a hearty red wine.

If you try this recipe, it is guaranteed to become a favorite for you too.

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