Kebab hindi translates to Indian kebab, but it’s as closely related to the subcontinent as McDonald’s French fries are indebted to Lyon, France. In other words, this is a Syrian dish.
“The person who invented and named this dish, very clearly, has never been to India, never tried Indian food, never smelled Indian food and never even imagined what Indian food is about,” a Syrian food blogger in London wrote, remarking on the total absence of spices and chile peppers.
Instead, as the preparation provided by Kitchen Cabinet member Huda Suleiman demonstrates, kebab hindi is a celebration of the simple flavors central to Syrian cuisine.
— Hanna Raskin