Kebab Lajawab – Did You Know These Interesting Facts?
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Kebabs are one of the most loved starters and appetizers in most parts of Asia. Especially in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, kababs are part of almost every big feast. Whether it be non veg kebabs like they were actually intended to be or the diversified versions which are made-up of vegetarian ingredients, kebabs never go out of demand. There are several kebabs that we eat in our day-to-day lives as well as in some festive meal or feast. From galouti kebab to shami kebab, there are different varieties of the dish that we absolutely love to eat. But do you know, how many fascinating origin stories are related to many of these varieties? Let us tell you about some of these stories.

Galouti kebab 

These kebabs literally means something that melts in the mouth. Invented in Lucknow, this variety of kebab has a very interesting history behind its origin. It is said that galouti backs first were invented in the kitchen of the nawab of Lucknow Asad ud Daula’s royal kitchen. The nawab was extremely fond of eating kebabs and he had an entire team of chefs who only prepared different varieties of kebabs for him every single day. It was also known that he was a lazy person in general and as he grew old, due to inactivity he lost most of his teeth, then he wanted a kebab that would not require teeth to chew and that is how the famous galouti kebab was invented.

Shami kebab

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Well, there are many versions of the origin story of this famous and delicious kebab, and the most famous one is about how it was named. Shami It's basically thought to have been derived from the word sham which means evening in Urdu as well as Hindi. So, Shami kebab is seen as a dish that is mostly eaten for evening meal or dinner. Another explanation for the name can also be the fact that the kebab is from Syria and the name is derived from the country's old name which was Bilad - al – Shaam.

Shish Kebab

Unlike the other kebabs that we have discussed above, shish kebab does not come from a royal heritage. In fact the credit of the invention of these kebabs go to general soldiers who were out to fight wars. It is said that these soldiers would be food deprived when they would be out in the camps to fight wars. So, what they did was they would put small meat pieces on the edge of their swords and then they would grill them in open field fires. Sheesh also means a sword, so that is why the entire story adds up.