Shawarma Recipe / How to make Shawarma

Shawarma is a delicous middle eastern dish now popular world wide .Shawarma is yummy chicken wrap  /roll Where chicken is cooked/grilled on spit/rotisserie then chopped fine and rolled in pita bread with pickled veggies and garlic sauce .Taste absolutely delish!

Shawarma is now available everywhere and  easily adapted according to ones taste buds .Shawarma that we get here in Mumbai can be found in different variturs and fusion .Somehow I love the way it's served in the Middle East and tried to replicate it at home And was quite satisfied with the outcome .So now try this absolutely amazing shawarma recipe in the comforts of your home and without the spi /machine all made from scratch.
I will soon share a detailed post on garlic sauce and pita for now find the recipes mentioned below.

Since we are making it from scratch let's break it I to 3 parts .the marination ,the pita the pickled veggies and garlic sauce and finally assembling.
Chicken Marination
500 gm Boneless chicken pieces
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger garlic  chilli paste
1 / 2 tsp pepper powder / as needed
1 tsp paprika/red chilli powder
4 tbsp curds
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
Salt to taste
Cut chicken into long thin strips or you can chop them into small cubes.
Apply salt and lime and keep aside for 10 min then add garlic ,ginger garlic paste beaten curds ,cumin and cinnamon powder ,paprika or chilli powder and marinate for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
When ready pan fry the chicken with very little oil till done or grill it and set aside .

Making the pita breads

2 cups Maida
1 tsp yeast 1/4 cup  lukewarmwater/milk
1 tsp Sugar 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp Olive oil
In 1/4 cup lukewarm water or milk add sugar and yeast and set aside to froth.
Take sifted flour in a bowl add salt and mix in the yeast mixture adding warm water to knead to a soft dough .
Allow it to double it may take 1 1/2 to 3 hours
Once doubled punch down the air and knead for a minute .
Divide into small balls and roll into round disc/ chapati
Either cook them on a tava or in the oven until they puff up and small brown spots appear .
Cover them in a kitchen napkin or store them in air tight container.

For the pickled veggies
1 cucumber cut lengthwise
1 beetroot cut lengthwise
2 /3 rd cup vinegar
1 /4 cup water
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
Boil water and vinegar with salt and sugar .
Pour it over the veggies in an sterilized glass bottle and keep aside for 2 days .
For instant version add the cucumber to the boiling water and cook for 5 to 7 minutes .
You can later add beet to this.

For the garlic sauce click link
  • Other ingredients
  • Cut 1 potato to wedges add little salt .
  • Shallow fry it and keep aside .
  • Also grate cabbage and tear some lettuce .

Now let's assemble

  • You will need garlic sauce  pickled veggies and pita
  • Take a butter paper cut in squares
  • Place it on  a plate
  • Place a pita over it.
  • Apply a generous amount of garlic sauce
  • Spread cabbage and lettuce and place the pickled veggies and fried potatoes
  • You can cut the chicken into small pieces I prefer keeping it like this .
  • Drizzle some garlic sauce
  • And roll it tight.

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  1. mouthwatering one,feel like grabbing one off the screen..nicely explained dear :)