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Liver kebab

Qara ciyər kababı - Liver kebab
Barbecued meat, fish and vegetables are a perennial favourite in Azerbaijan, especially in summer.

Barbecuing is a tasty way to cook liver. The liver can be grilled too, but will lose the smoky flavour of the barbecue.

Preparation time: 20 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serves: 3-4


  • 500 g/1 lb 4 oz lamb’s liver
  • 100 g/4 oz sheep fat (the breed of sheep popular in Azerbaijan has a very fatty rump/tail – guyrug. Fat from this area, is widely used in Azerbaijani cooking) parsley
  • sumach
  • salt


  • Remove any membranes from the livers and cut into 30-40 g pieces.
  • Cut the sheep fat into 10-15 g cubes.
  • Thread the pieces of liver and fat alternately onto skewers.
  • Sprinkle the liver with salt water.
  • Cook over hot charcoal for 5 to 7 minutes either side until the meat is cooked through.
  • Serve with chopped parsley and sumach, a red powder with a zesty flavour. Alkaline sumach is thought to aid the digestion of acidic meat.

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