Kebab Halabi

  December 26, 2021   Read time 1 min
Kebab Halabi
Kebab Halabi (Aleppo Kebab in Arabic), which is more widely known as kebab Hindi, is a ground beef kebab baked with a tomato-onion reduction attributed to Syrian cuisine. Below, you will find different recipes to make your own Kebab Halabi at home.



  • 18 ounces (500 grams) 85 percent lean ground beef
  • ⅛ cup (20 grams) raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion (about half a small onion)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon seven-spice mix (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, for the dish


  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sumac
  • One large bell pepper, cut into rings


  1. Prepare the kebab: heat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the beef, almonds, onion, salt and seven spice mix. Use your hands to massage the ingredients together until mixed, but not overworked.
  2. Lightly oil a 9-inch by 13-inch tray or Pyrex dish. Take a small handful of beef and roll into a 2 ½ to 3-inch cylinder. Repeat until you have 15 little kebabs; set aside.
  3. Prepare the sauce: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Set up an ice bath next to the stove. Score an X into the bottom of the tomatoes and drop in the boiling water. Cook 30 to 60 seconds, or until the skin starts to wrinkle and peel back, then remove to the ice bath. Once cool, peel off the skins and dice the tomatoes.
  4. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and salt and allow them to cook down 5 minutes. Stir in the sumac and set aside.
  5. Place the kebabs in prepared dish and bake 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and spoon or pour the sauce over the kebabs. Arrange the bell pepper slices on top. Return to the oven for 7 to 10 more minutes, or until the kebabs are cooked through.
  6. Serve warm on top of vermicelli rice.

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