July 9th is Kebab Day. There is something special about the combination of vegetables and meat skewered on a bamboo stick and grilled over charcoal. This holiday is dedicated to the kebab loved by many; you can learn more about its history and eat as much shish kebab as you want.
There are two types of kebabs: doner kebab and shish kebab. Shish kebab is popular in Asia and is made with lamb, beef, chicken, or swordfish. The meat is strung onto a skewer along with vegetables. Doner kebab consists of layers of minced meat, folded into an inverted cone and fried slowly in an upright position. Most often, doner kebab was served in pita bread.
The founder of the holiday and when the celebration started are not known for certain. However, according to some records, Kebab Day has been celebrated in different parts of the United States since 2019. Nevertheless, in America this dish has been popular for a long time. Kebabs have moved into the American diet from the Middle Eastern, African, and European countries. Kebab became especially popular in big cities like New York in the 1970s.
Now, anything is used for barbecue: from chicken to pieces of pineapple. However, traditional kebabs were made from dry-aged beef, which improves the quality of the meat due to the fact that it gets rid of moisture.
- In 1377, in a letter from a Turkish soldier, barbecue was first mentioned; the meat of animals was strung onto swords and cooked over an open fire;
- Doner kebab was invented in Turkey in the 1700s;
- Turkish immigrants popularized doner kebab in Germany and Europe in the 1950s;
- Chicken skewers become popular in the 1990s, as people turned away from beef, fearing mad cow disease.
How to take part
To celebrate, you can learn a new recipe for making kebab, because today there are a huge number of variations. For the simplest recipe, you will need meat and several types of spices, which can be found in any local store. Also visit a traditional restaurant serving barbecue or doner kebab. Along with this delicious dish, you can enjoy an authentic environment, and a variety of languages, flavors, and customs.
When is Kebab Day celebrated in 2024?
Kebab Day is observed on July 9 each year.