Shawarma is a Middle-Eastern sandwich-like wrap of shaved lamb, goat, chicken or a mixture of meats. The meat is placed on a spit or rotisserie and may be grilled on for as long as a day. Shawarma is a fast-food staple across the Middle East and North Africa.It is thinly sliced meat, wrapped or filled in pita bread with pickled and/or plain veggies and sauces is a delicious quick meal.This is the traditional shawarma, but in india we get different shawarma rolls and wraps with different sauces and dips.Pita bread is the most common bread of middle east so its mostly used for shawarma there.This shawarma rolls are one of the famous street foods in arabic countries .This is my 2nd middle eastern recipe as i was interested in trying some of them, so i tried it with little modification and it tasted very good,I liked the way chicken is marinated and cooked and when it gets stuffed in pita pocket with pickled veges and sauces it tastes awesome.I even added vinegar pickled veges in it and it tasted more good,
1 cup boneless chicken pieces
3-4 pita breads(or any other bread)
1/4 cup tahini sauce( refer recipe here)
1/2 cup yogurt
2 table spoon vinegar
2 table spoon lemon juice
1-2 tea spoon chilli powder
2 table spoon ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tea spoon turmeric
1/2 tea spoon pepper powder
2 green cardomoms
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/2 cup sliced tomatoes
2 table spoon yogurt
1 table spoon mint leaves
1/2 tea spoon pepper powder
1/4 cup shopped cucumber(optional)
1 tea spoon tahini paste( for recipe refer here)
For Yogurt Sauce:
1 cup yogurt
2-3 table spoon lemon juice
2 table spoon garlic paste( or crushed garlic)
For vinegar pickling:
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup sliced beet root
3-4 green chillis
1 cup white vinegar
1 tea spoon sugar
Cut the chicken in small pieces and add all the ingredients of marination and keep it for 7-8 hours in refrigerator.
For pickling veges add sugar to vinegar and heat it till it gets slightly warm and add the sliced beet root pieces , carrots and green chillis.Keep overnight.Because of this the veges will have very nice and different taste, even the chilli will become less pungent.
To make yogurt sauce whisk the yogurt well and add salt, garlic paste and lemon juice and whisk it again to form a smooth sauce.You can even pass it and squeeze through muslin cloth to become more fine and smooth.
For salad mix sliced tomatoes, onions ,salt and pepper powder.Add tahini and yogurt and mix well.
Now finally to cook the chicken you have two ways either you can apply olive oil and grill it in oven or you can cook it in pan.I used pan to cook.Here add little olive oil in a pan and add the marinated chicken pieces and let them get cooked on medium flame for 20-25 mins.Be sure not to overcook it. If chicken becomes a little dry, add a few drops of water after every 5 mins throughout cooking duration, this is very important step so that chicken remains moist and gets cooked well.
Now finally to assemble the shawarma.Cut the pita breads in two halves.Apply tahini sauce at one side and yogurt sauce at other side on the pita bread pockets.Add the hot chicken pieces ,salad and vinegar dipped veges.Drizzle yogurt sauce in middle and serve immediately.
NOTE: While cooking chicken pieces i had added 1 tea spoon tandoori masala to make it more spicy.Its not in the traditional recipe.
If you do not get pita bread you can use normal bread also.
If you get very thin pita bread then you can even wrap all the things with it like a frankie.
Preparation Time : 40 mins