The name kebab comes from the Arabic language. kabab which originally meant fried meat, not grilled or roasted meat. The word kabab probably derived from the Aramaic: kabbābā that may be derived from the Akkadian: kabābu which means "grilled, roasted". In the 14th century, kebabs became synonymous with tabahajah, a dish in the form of pieces of fried meat in Persian. In Turkish books, the term kebaboften used for meat balls made from chicken or minced lamb meat. The term new kebab means grilled dishes (shish kebabs) since the time of the Ottoman Empire, but there are still other more ancient terms for roast meat, namely shiwa from Arabic. However, kebabs are still used in the original sense in various dishes such as stews and kebabs in a bowl from Turkey. In Egyptian cuisine there is a dish of beef stews and onions called halla kebabs.