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Lula Kebabs (Lyulya Kebabs): Ground Lamb Kebabs from the Caucasus and Central Asia

Lula kebabs, also known as Lyulya kebabs, are a traditional dish from the Caucasus Mountains and the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. These ground lamb kebabs are known for their rich flavor, juicy texture, and aromatic spices. They are typically served with flatbread, fresh vegetables, and yogurt-based sauces.

Lula Kebabs (Lyulya Kebabs): Ground Lamb Kebabs from the Caucasus and Central Asia

For the Kebabs:

1 lb ground lamb
1 small onion, finely grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground sumac (optional, for a tangy flavor)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
Bamboo or metal skewers (if using bamboo, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning)

For Serving:

Flatbreads or lavash
Fresh vegetables (sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and bell peppers)
Yogurt sauce or tzatziki
Fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, and dill)
Lemon wedges

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