Kabab Barg


An authentic Iranian dish featuring boneless lamb in a marinade of garlic, lime, and saffron. Serve hot with plain rice (polow or chelow) or on Middle Eastern bread.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • 2 large onions, grated

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon saffron

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 ¾ pounds boneless lamb, cut into 1/2-inch x 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 4 tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon sumac powder (Optional)


  1. Combine olive oil, lime juice, onions, garlic, saffron, salt, and pepper in a large, zip top food storage bag. Place lamb pieces in bag; seal and shake to combine. Marinate lamb, refrigerated, overnight or up to 24 hours.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  3. Thread marinated lamb on long, thin metal skewers. Thread whole tomatoes on another skewer. Brush lamb and tomatoes with marinade; discard remaining marinade.

  4. Grill kebabs, until lamb is cooked to your liking and tomatoes are hot and grill marked, about 5 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with sumac, if desired, before serving.

Cook's Note:

If you're serving this with rice, sprinkle with ground sumac, if desired.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
33g Fat
10g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 452mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 20mg 98%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 584mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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