Of all the different takeaway food that's out there, the kebab is surely the most portable of choices. Whether you're out in the park, at the office and wanting a quick lunch, or just feeling a little bit peckish on the way home late at night, a kebab fits the bill.
There are so many different types of kebab in different national cuisines, that it would be impossible - and unfair - to say which are the best. From Turkish to Indian, Greek to Iranian, through to British and American versions, you can get great kebabs in any cuisine.
However, we've rounded up three of our favourite types of kebab that you can get here in Dubai.
1. Shish Kebab
Probably one of the best-known kebabs the world over is the shish kebab and there are plenty of restaurants in Dubai that serve this ever popular choice.
The name comes from the Turkish word "Şiş" which means sword or skewer and probably refers to the original way of cooking cubes of meat threaded on a sword or stick over an open fire.
In a shish kebab today, the principle's the same; cubes of meat and vegetables are threaded onto skewers and cooked on a grill. Turkish and Lebanese shish kebabs don't usually include vegetables, or if they do, they're cooked on separate skewers. In Western versions of the shish kebab, the meat and veg is often cooked on the same skewer.
Our top pick is the Beef Shish Kebab that you can order from Jedoudna Restaurant & Café. This Lebanese version of the dish uses beef tenderloin, that's cubed and seasoned with Lebanese spices.
2. Seekh Kebab
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A seekh kebab is at traditional Pakistan kebab. it's prepared with meat that has been minced and mixed with spices. The kebab is then shaped and grilled on a skewer. Seekh kebabs are often cooked in a tandoor and can be served on platters with chutneys or served in a naan bread a similar style to a doner kebab.
We recommend the Mutton Seekh Kebab which is on the menu at Royal Mughal Bistro in Media City. The mutton is cooked to tender and sweet perfection and almost melts in the mouth - this is no ordinary kebab!
3. Indian Kabab
The kebab or kabab is also a popular dish in Indian cooking. Kababs can be cooked in a variety of ways - either with whole cubes of meat skewered and grilled, or with the meat minced first and then shaped into kebabs. Indian kebabs can also be vegetarian - the Hariyali kebab is made with lentils and spinach.
At Kababs and Kurries, there's a huge selection of kebabs on the menu. Our favourite is the Toothless Kakori Kabab, a regional speciality from Lucknow. This is a mutton kebab, but it's the combination of a total of 52 spices that the meat is marinated in before cooking that makes it really special.
Alternatively, how about a kebab with a difference? Try the Desi Cajun Crusted Fish Tikka, cajun marinated fish grilled on skewers and served with mint chutney and garlic aioli. A lighter, but equally delicious way to get your kebab fix.
Next time you're in the market for a delicious kebab, remember you don't even need to leave home to get one; just order with Deliveroo.