Sunday, 20 June 2010

Chicken Shawarma - from scratch

Hubby and the family all love shawarma.. and I noticed we'd been ordering out a lot. So, here's my take on it. Its a lot healthier.. and more hygenic, I'd say :) Its a lot more lighter, too. Hope u like it... do let me have ur feedback on it.

So, this is what you need:

1 kilo chicken breast filet, sliced in to thin squares.
(for that I sliced each filet in half, to half thickness. Then cut of broad strips and sliced those to quite thin squares)
1 tbls ginger garlic mixed
1 level tsp each of curry powder, dhania powder, aamchoor, black pepper powder
1/2 tsp of white pepper powder and onion powder each
1/2 tsp red chili flakes - optional

1 tsp or to taste, salt
juice of half a lemon
Olive oil to fry
Mixed pickles, 1/4 cup, chopped fine
1 cucumber, chopped fine
1 medium onion, sliced in rings, sprinkled with 1 tsp sumac
1 cup store bought homous
1 cup mayonaise
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup yoghurt, a little less or a little more
salt to taste
a plate of french fries

For the dough
4 mugs flour, 3 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt. Make soft dough with milk. Rest 1 hour.

Do this:

1- heat olive oil in a wok or large pan, toss in the chicken and fry
2- once the chicken starts turning colour, squeeze over the lemon and mix. Keep frying on medium low
 3- when almost all water has evaporated, add the spices and fry well
 4- when the oil separates, remove from heat and set aside
5- the dough should be ready by now. Make small golf balls and set aside

6- mix the homous, yoghurt, mayo, minced garlic, some salt and 1 tbls olive oil. Taste, the sauce should taste light, not heavy

7-roll out the dough  balls thinly - but not too thin. Place it on a hot girdle, without any oil or fat

8- cook them till the puff up slightly, from one side. Flip over, let cook till puffy again or it looks done to u. Put them in a cloth towel and keep infront of u

9- assemble all things in front of u - the onion rings, the chopped pickles, chopped cucumber, homous mix, french fries, bread and chicken
 10- place a sheet of sandwich paper on a cutting board or table top

11- put one flatbread on the sheet. Spread with homous. Place the meat, french fries, onion rings and pickles on one another
 12- roll the bread, and roll the sheet around it.

13- serve warm with a potato, pasta or green salad. Unfortunately, mine didn't make it to the camera.. so I cant show u the rolled version, but I guess we can all roll a roll.. right? :)


  1. this is an AMAZING recipe! i tried it out today for iftaar and loved it! the only thing i did differently was that i used ground red pepper instead of curry powder cuz i didn't have it :D otherwise followed the recipe and yum! thanks a lot!

  2. Thank you SO much Rosemean :) I'm so happy that you tried it and liked it - thanks for the feedback :)

  3. Ruhina u Rock :)thnx yaar for sharing ur awesome recipes mashallah.May Allah always bless u,amin

  4. Thanks a lot dear - and Ameen :)

  5. salam :)
    lovely recipe..gonna try it soon..
    one doubt..have you used all-purpose flour? thanks

  6. W'salaam Ayesah :)
    Thank you dear and to your question, yes, I've used all purpose flour as in maida :)Good luck and do give me your feedback :)

  7. jazakAllah hu khair ruhina...u r doing a splendid job...i tried ur recipe and it turned out quite well Alhmdl...i always wondered how on earth a shawarma is made ..especally the sauce...u made it so easy for us...and i love ur thoughts especially the one abt family and home...if i am feeling low and crazy abt the day gone by...i give a very intense thinking abt ur words and it do keep writing randomly whenever u can...thanks again

  8. jazakAllah hu khair ruhina..ur recipe was Alhmdl an instant hit with my family...u r doing a splendid job...and i love ur keep writng in randomly....

  9. Hayyak Allah dear Sana.. thank you for ur lovely comments.. and yes, will try and write more.. as time permits :) Thanks for writing!

  10. salaam ruhina..thmx for sharing dis lovely recipie...just wanted to know what is homous???can i get it here in mu bai??& whats d replacement???in case ...:(((

  11. W'salaam.. Ure most welcome.. Hommous is a paste of chickepeas.. made primarily in the ME. I'm afraid there is no replacement.. but I'll post how to make it at home, in case you dont find it. Look in speciality shops or where imported stuff is available. I find it here in Peshawar.. so it should be available in Mumbai too :)

  12. Salam this is a really good recipe but can h tell me a substitute for a am choir?

  13. W'salaam. Aamchoor can be substituted by khatai powder, or just a little lemon juice.


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