How To Make Khlav Kalash - An NYC Street-Food Classic

Ever wondered what the fictional NY street snack of choice, Khlav Kalash, would taste like? While the dish from "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" episode remains a mystery, we've created a recipe inspired by this iconic Simpsons reference. Our version of Khlav Kalash is a skewered delight, reminiscent of the traditional kebabs found in New York City's street carts.

What Is Khlav Kalash?

Khlav Kalash is the fictional street food from The Simpsons, served on a skewer and enjoyed by Homer as he wanders the streets of New York. Drawing from the visual cue provided, our Khlav Kalash will be skewered meat, heavily seasoned, and cooked to perfection, ready to be enjoyed with a tangy, refreshing sauce.


For the Khlav Kalash Skewers:

  • 500g ground lamb or beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Wooden or metal skewers

For the Tangy Sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cucumber, finely diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preparing the Khlav Kalash Skewers

  1. Combine the Ingredients: In a bowl, mix together the ground meat, grated onion, minced garlic, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne, salt, and pepper.

  2. Skewer the Meat: Wet your hands to prevent sticking, and mold the meat around each skewer, forming a sausage-like shape that's evenly distributed along the stick.

  3. Cook the Skewers: Grill the skewers on a preheated barbecue or griddle pan over medium heat. Rotate them regularly to ensure even cooking and a charred exterior, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Crafting the Tangy Sauce

  1. Mix the Sauce Ingredients: In a bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, minced garlic, and diced cucumber. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  2. Refrigerate: Let the sauce cool in the fridge for at least half an hour before serving to allow the flavors to blend.

Serving Your Khlav Kalash

Present the hot Khlav Kalash skewers with a generous serving of the tangy sauce on the side. Add a touch of authenticity by offering crab juice or Mountain Dew to wash it all down, just like Homer did.

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