Monday, March 12, 2012

Chicken Shawarma


Chicken Shawarma

Today's recipe is a home made version of chicken shawarma. Shawarma is a popular sandwich of the middle east and is a favorite fast food. No one can resist this delicious sandwich of spiced meat wrapped in pita bread and drizzled with a delicious and tangy yogurt based sauce.The source of inspiration is Dedemed in youtube. I combined some recipes and ended up with a marinade flavor which my family enjoyed .The original meat used in shawarma is slow cooked chicken very similar to rotisserie chicken.But you will get almost the same results if you thinly slice chicken and use a grill pan.
In the spice mix I used a little of sumac ( it is optional). It is part of middle eastern cooking and has a tart flavor and enhances the taste of seafood,meat and salads.Sumac has a very inviting fruit tart flavor which you will love,but if you do not have sumac you can very well substitute it with lemon.You can use either chicken or mutton and your own combination of salad vegetables.


Ingredients
Pita bread-3 ( I used store brought ones)

Marinade for chicken
Chicken (boneless) - 1 lb
Spices-cinnamon-1 inch piece, clove-2 nutmeg- a small piece,
black pepper- 1/2 tsp, cardomon-1,cumin a pinch..Make this into a fine powder
(you can substitute this with Curry powder)
chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Sumac- 1/2 tsp
garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
olive oil- 2 tsp
Salt and few drops of lemon juice.


To Make Sauce
Tahini- 1/2 cup
Yogurt- 3 tbs
salt to taste
lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
( or you can use a combination of mayo,yogurt
and lemon juice)

For garnish
Onion- 1/2 finely chopped
Tomato -1 finely chopped
Chopped coriander or parsley- a hand full
Cucumber pickle or any vegetable pickle (optional)


Cut chicken pieces into thin strips.Mix all ingredients listed under chicken marinade and keep the chicken marinated for at least an hour. For best results marinate in refrigerator for at least six hours.
Using a mixer or a food processor combine all ingredients listed under sauce into a uniform mixture. You can also add one pod of garlic for extra flavor.
Heat two tsp of olive oil in a pan and  fry chicken till it is cooked. This will take about six to eight minutes. Allow to cool.
For garnish chop onions, tomatoes and parsley and also thinly slice pickles.
Now to assemble, place pita bread flat on a plate and spread a little of the sauce. Place a little of chopped vegetables,pickle and the cooked chicken . Drizzle a little bit of sauce and tightly roll it.Cover with foil and place it on the hot pan so that it gets a little warmed up..Serve and Enjoy!


Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy

47 comments:

  1. wow..awesome recipe

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  2. Wow Suja! This is one of my fav.. My kids too love it. Surely gonna try it. First time I heard of Sumac.
    Looks so perfect!

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    1. Kids will love this Rinku, don't worry about sumac..its optional,do try this.

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  3. awsome...will try some time...looks proffesional

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  4. Real delicious wrap...Its my fav..Nicely prepared..

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  5. Gave up chicken and red meat for Lent, this looks too tempting Suja. I will def try this after Easter :)

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    1. How is everything Irene?you should surely try after Easter.

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  6. wow, awesome recipe...u have done a great job dear :)

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  7. Shawarma is one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing recipe :)

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  8. Wow as much as I'm always gonna buy this and never gonna make it, this recipe is a fine grace for my food organiser. Your family is really lucky, damn lucky I should say....do they say that often?

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    1. Thanks Thoma,it is Gods grace that I am able to understand the taste and preference of my family and cook the food they like..even more I am blessed to have wonderful and supporting friends like you,thanks :)

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  9. Looks so delicious and very tempting.. First time in your space.. loved it.. Following you.. Do visit my space in your free time..

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    1. Thanks for visiting Divya,love your space too and sure I will be a frequent visitor:)

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  10. This looks really very healthy and delicious too....thanx dear 4 sharing this...nice...
    Maha

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  11. Looks so good !! Never made it home. My fav recipe at lebanese restaurants

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  12. Just awesome Suja, you does things so perfectly dear. From recipes to detailed description till presentation n clicks. Great going, Lovely...

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  13. Awesome looking rolls...I am drooling right now...
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    1. Great going Neha,keep up the good work!

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  14. Adipoli, wrap looks delicious Suja.

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  15. I love chicken shawarma! And yours looks absolutely delicious!

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  16. wow... amazing recipe... was searching for this from some time.... thanks for sharing... will try this soon..

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  17. Simply delicious and mouthwatering shawarma. Wonderfully prepared.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  18. I love this wrap anytime, the way you have made it tempts even more.

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    1. adipoli...... pinne blogil puthiya post...... URUMIYE THAZHANJAVAR ENTHU NEDI....... vayikkumallo...........

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  19. A very interesting recipe.I have swallowed all of it what you have written here.I haven't even thought of such a recipe to be made at home..Truly inviting and great job Suja.

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  20. I love shawarma and this looks so delicious and yummy...

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  21. Chicken Shawarma looks yummy. Drool here.....

    Cuisine Delights
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  22. wow...yummy shawarma, what a coincidence, i too made shawarma sterday but slightly diff. will post that recipe soon...

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  23. Yummy I can have a couple of those.

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  24. ive been wanting to try this at home...u r tempting me a lot...bookmarked to try

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  25. wow..wow..tht is simply amazing!! I'm drooling Suja! Bookmarked to try this :)

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  26. delicious shawarma.. never thought of making it at home :)

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  27. Delicious and yummy....I just love shawarma ...ur look so perfect:)

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  28. Wonderful chicken shawarma suja. I have lots of interesting tales of that :) Nicely presented.

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  29. Looks wonderful. I love chicken shawarma.

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  30. o God that looks fabulous....i love the look of dat

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  31. bookmarking and gonna try definitely!!! awesome !!

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  32. Super tempting recipe! looks so inviting n love the presentation.

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  33. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

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  34. Nice recipe. If you like chicken, you might like my take on Sichuan chicken. http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/my-take-on-sichuan-chicken.html

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  35. wow...superb recipe....loved those clicks too...

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  36. absolutely love shawarma...feel like grabbing one right now...

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