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Yeni Dünya Kebab - Loquat Stuffed With Minced Lamb

One of the Turkish words for loquat is 'Yeni Dünya.' In Gaziantep, they make this tasty kebab during loquat season. It's a real centrepiece for your table.
Course Kebab, Main
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 360kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • 20 loquats or up to 35 (depending on size) washed
  • 500 g lamb minced
  • 1 head garlic cloves separated & peeled
  • 1 red capsicum pepper deseeded & cut into strips
  • 4 green chillies optional
  • 2 dessert spoonfuls pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp baharat see notes
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • salt & pepper to season


  • Sprinkle your paprika, baharat and a bit of salt and pepper over your lamb mince and knead.
  • Take one loquat, cut in half, lengthways, and remove the stones and membrane.
  • Take a small bit of your lamb and roll a meatball to a size that will sit between the two halves of loquat.
  • Repeat this process until all of your stuffed loquats are fitted snugly into your oven dish.
  • Now drop garlic cloves between the gaps of your loquats and decorate the top of your yeni dünya kebab with red and green peppers.
  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Drizzle the top of your yeni dünya kebab with olive oil and place in the your oven on the top shelf for 10 minutes.
  • Mix your pomegranate molasses into 75 mls of water.
  • After 10 minutes, remove your yeni dünya kebab and turn the oven down to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Pour your pomegranate solution over the stuffed loquats and return to the oven on the middle shelf.
  • Cook for 20 minutes and remove.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Yeni dünya kebab is an impressive table centrepiece when you bake it in the oven.If you want to, you can do this kebab on skewers.
  • Sandwich the meatballs between your loquat halves in the same way and alternate them with red and green peppers.
  • You can drizzle nar ekşisi (pomegranate molasses) over the top as they cook.
  • If you can't get loquat fruit, you can experiment with other fruits such as apricot or chunks of peach and nectarine.
  • Water your pomegranate molasses down a little if you have the syrup style sauce.
  • Baharat is a finely-ground spice mix which can be bought in Turkish shops. You could make your own from a mix of a few of the following: allspice, chili, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin and peppercorns.
  • Calories per serving are approximate.