Saturday, September 20, 2014

Shawarma Recipe

A traditional Middle Eastern snack. The slices of grilled lamb or chicken are combined with tahini, lime, and pickles in a pita (flat pocket bread).

Recipe Serving: Serves 6

  • Ingredients 

1/2 lb (225 g) lamb, cut into strips

1/2 lb (225 g) chicken breast, cut into strips
1/2 tsp (2 ml) ground cardamom seeds
1/2 tsp (2 ml) ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2 ml) ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp (2 ml) ground black pepper
1/2 tsp (2 ml) ground cayenne
1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup (120 ml) lemon juice
1/2 cup (120 ml) vinegar
6 large sections pita bread
2 tomatoes, chopped
6 slices pickled eggplant
3 serrano or jalapeno chilies, stems and seeds removed, chopped
Yogurt to taste
  • Instructions 
Place meat in a glass bowl. In another bowl, combine the spices, salt, garlic, onion, bay leaf, lemon juice, and vinegar, stir well, and pour it over the meat.  Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Drain meat from the marinade and pat dry. Grill meat over a hot charcoal or gas fire until done, about 10 minutes, turning often. Divide meat among the pita bread sections, add tomatoes, pickled eggplant if using, chilies, and 1 tbsp (15 ml) or more of yogurt.

World Trade Press. "Qatar: Recipes." AtoZ The World. World Trade Press, n.d. Web. 8 May 2014.



  1. I didn't realize there were such spicy peppers in this; so how come I like it so much?

  2. A lot of the heat from peppers is in the seeds and since the seeds are often removed for this dish as the recipe suggests, the heat is not so bad. It is also possible that the dish is made with bell peppers to make edible to a wider variety of palates.