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? :)