Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma, originally a middle eastern fast-food has also become a famous food in many cities of India. Tradionally Shawarma is made using meat, beef or chicken and grilled on a rotating spit, and then, thin slices are cut from the spit and used as a filling for wraps.

And this recipe below, is soo soo easy to prepare and tasted very yummy. I have made few changes in this recipe to suit our taste buds :) and here I used Pita bread for filling the chicken shawarma, but it can be wrapped in a tortilla wrap or home made roti/ chapathi.


CHICKEN SHAWARMA
-slightly adapted from 'Middle Eastern Cookbook' by Maria Khalife

Ingredients:
500 gram boneless chicken breast,
1 large Onion- chopped finely,
3 garlic cloves-chopped,
1/4 cup vegetable oil,
1/4 cup lemon juice,
1/4 tsp ground cloves,
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder,
1/2 tsp red chilli powder,
1/4 tsp white pepper powder,
1/4 tsp Sumac and
1/4 tsp oregano.

For Serving:
Pita Bread,Garlic dip,
Salad and
French fries.
Method:
Cut the chicken into julienne Strips. In a bowl, mix all the other ingredients, add the chicken and mix well to coat the chicken completely with the spices. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.Preheat the oven to 200° C ? 400°F. Place the chicken with its marinade in an oven proof dish and cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
Serve with pita bread, salad, garlic dip and french fries.
For Garlic dip:
Pound 6-7 cloves of garlic with 1/2 tsp salt to a smooth paste. In another bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. Gradually add this to this garlic, blending it to obtain a fluid with consistency of mayonnaise. Mix 1 -tbsp of mayonnaise if required.

Notes:
Instead of pita bread, one can fill the chicken in tortilla wraps or a plain Indian chapati can also be used to fill this chicken.
And instead of vegetable oil , olive oil can be used in the marinade.

34 comments:

PranisKitchen said...

faiza
shawarma is one of our favorite dish..ya very simple recipe..and very nicely presenting.. what a delicious platter..the sumac spice not yet tried.

Satya said...

hi faiza...yesterday only my hubby was telling me about shawarma as he has eaten it a lot when he was in middle east but now he is vegetarian so i have to try ur recipe in veg version ......thanks for posting ,if it came out well i will post the veg version

Priti said...

That's one yummy platter...looks just yum

BeenaShylesh said...

delisious dear....i love this very much neaver tried to make..

Nithu said...

That looks yummy. Will sure try this...

3 hungry tummies said...

Delicious wrap! A must try for us!

Priya said...

Prefectly prepared chicken shawarma...truly tempting..

Life is beautiful!!! said...

Looks really yummy with your eye-catching presentation.

Rach said...

I always make chawarma at home. Yours looks delicious!

vineetha said...

I used to have this a lot from a fast food shop back home..ur shwarma made me nostalgic...The one I get there is superdelicious..I never thought abt trying it at home..maybe I shud try now.

Rumana Rawat said...

looks so yumm :)

Nandini said...

Mmm! This is spicy and hot! I'm drooling already!

lissie said...

shawarma looks so tempting...! healthy and tasty dish...its my favorite! :)

Asha said...

Looks delcious, so good for kids as a snack or lunch. Must look for Sumac here. Good post F, see you in July. Have a great time there.

Sarah Naveen said...

oh my Fav...looks so yummyyyy

shifa firoz said...

OMG.. im remembering the 4 weeks i spent in UAE :( i used to have this everyday!!

what is sumac Faiza?

Suja Sugathan said...

Delicious and perfectly prepared chicken shawarma...beautiful clicks.

Nitha said...

Looks so delicious...

meeso said...

This is always a favorite of mine! Looks delicious :)

Guna's kitchen said...

luks ver delicious .. inever tried at home... now i'll try.. tnx 4 sharing

Az said...

One of the favorite dish to die for... Love it... Nice presentation as well!!!

Raina said...

This sounds wonderful! I think even my picky family might like it. I will put it on my list for this week:) Thanks!

Faiza Ali said...

Thank you ladies for the lovely comments. You all make my day :)

@Shifa: Sumac is a middle eastern spice , dear. Which has a tangy taste. If you can't find it, you can substitute with Amchoor/ dry mango powder. For more details refer here...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumac

Kairali sisters said...

Faiza, guess what, I saw this today morning and couldnt resist, had a shawarma for lunch :-). I love this a lot, now i know where to look when i crave for it..

Looks delish da..

Love
Suji

Sharmila said...

The first plateful looks delicious! :-)

Soma Pradhan said...

It has come out perfect dear

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Holy Batman, this looks delicious! Plus, my love of french fries is well documented :)

Humaira said...

Hmm Shawarma, delicious. We have been eating a lot of shawarma's here but never thought of making it at home. Have to try this

nivedita said...

Hi
Lovely pictures, Feeling like flying back to UAE!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful and my favorite recipe!

Ally said...

will definitely try this!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Shawarma sounds like a royal dish and the chicken looks like teeny shrimps. Love it!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Few days back i was watching Foodie show on times now and they were talking about this chicken shawarma. I was very eager to know its method of preparation and now i'm very happy to find the recipe here. Thx for sharing such interesting recipe with Indianized touch dear:)

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said...

I live in Kuwait and still can never get enough of shwarma.

During my graduation in India, the thing i missed the most was Shwarma. The authentic arabian one. Wish I had learned cooking back then, it would have saved me a lot of time that I spend dreaming of shwarma :)

Looks great.

Khadija said...

What is sumac?Looks great thanks for posting

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