Cholo Kebab (Kebab with Rice)

Cholo Kabab
Cholo Kebab

Cholo Kebab is most probably one of the best known dishes when you go to an Iranian restaurant. The home made ones can taste just as good as long as have more fat in your meat to bind the meat and keep the kebab moist. There’s nothing worse than a tough, dry kebab.

This recipe is enough for 4 to 6 servings 


For the Kebab:

250g Mince meat (lamb)

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

Cinnamon (Large pinch of ground cinnamon)

Saffron (Large pinch of ground saffron)

Onion (half a medium size finely chopped)

5 tblsp Oil (vegetable)

For the rice:

2 tsp Sumac

2 1/2 cups good white rice

3 tblsp Oil (vegetable)

Tomato (I’ve used cherry tomatoes here, but you could use bigger tomatoes)


Add the spices (salt, black pepper, saffron and cinnamon) to a large mixing bowl.

Finely chop half a medium sized onion and add to the spices.

kebab - spices and onion
kebab – spices and onion

Add the mince meat to the spices and onion and mix well using your hands so that the spices and onions bind with the mince meat.

Kebab - mince meat and spices
Kebab – mince meat and spices

Cover the meat with cling film and let it rest for half an hour.

Once the meat has rested add 5 tblsp of oil to a frying pan and place on a low heat.

Make golf sized balls out of the mince meat and pat each of them so that each fits the palm of your hand or slightly bigger.

Kebab - Flattened mince meat
Kebab – Flattened mince meat

Place the flattened meat in the frying pan and raise the heat to medium so as the meat starts to fry, turn over and fry the other side.

Kebab - fried
Kebab – fried

The meat will start to release it’s juices, take a spoon and spoon the juices over the meat. cover the top of your frying pan and reduce the heat so that the meat cooks through completely.

Once the first batch has cooked remove from the frying pan and replace with the next batch.

Serve the Kebab’s with saffron rice sprinkled with sumac (I layered the sumac between the rice so that as the rice steamed with the saffron it took the flavour of the sumak as well) and a side of barbecued tomatoes.

Saffron rice - somak - tomatoes
Saffron rice – sumac – tomatoes

(I barbecued my tomatoes on the hob!).

This dish is usually served with onions. Enjoy.

Cholo Kabab
Cholo Kebab

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Fantastic share. In India we call it Chelo Kebab. It is served with buttered rice, kebabs and topped with an egg fry. It is delicious. I shall try this version too.


    1. L K Bonabi says:

      Hi Reena, I’m glad you like it. We call it cholo or chelo kebab 🙂 and the egg we can add as raw but not many do that nowadays due to the health risks. Adding the fried egg sounds great.

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      1. Thank you Bonabi. Cheers!!!


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