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Shawarma is a popular non vegetarian side dish in the Middle East, which is fast catching up in the rest of the world. Shawarma normally is a juicy sandwich-like wrap made of grilled lamb, chicken, beef, turkey and other meat varieties. It is a fast food usually eaten with pickled vegetables.
In the preparation of Shawarma, the meat pieces are well marinated and placed on the spit or the rotating cone. A tomato or onion is placed at the top of the stick for enhancing the flavor of the meat. The spit is kept rotating for hours allowing the meat to roast on a low flame and at slow pace. Once cooked, the meat is sliced off the stack using knife and wrapped inside the sandwich bread with vegetables, dressing and garnishes. Some common vegetables, herbs and condiments that are used include cucumber, eggplant, cabbage, lettuce, parsley, onions, French fries, tomatoes and pickled turnips and gherkins. The popular dressings that are often used in the Shawarma recipes include tahini (a paste made of sesame seeds), amba sauce (mango pickle containing chilbeh), hummus flavored with cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and vinegar, toum (garlic sauce), skhug (chili sauce), pomegranate concentrate, cheese, mustard sauce and garlic mayonnaise.
The bread that is generally used for Shawarma sandwich can vary from pita bread and lavash bread to taboon bread. The Shawarma recipes for salads are also quite popular which are generally used for the sandwich filling and include fattoush salad, tomato and cucumber salad or tabouli salad. The Shawarma bread is often also served with toppings that may include hummus, tahini, amba or pickled turnips.
Health and Nutrition Facts: Shawarma Recipes
Meat Shawarma is a dish that is rich in vitamins A, B6, C, niacin, thiamine and folate and minerals like magnesium, iron, sodium, potassium and calcium. Proteins are also abundantly present in Shawarma recipes. The dish also contains carbohydrates, dietary fiber, fats, sugar and cholesterol and depending on the recipe, the calorie yielded by Shawarma can range between 60 and 600 depending on the toppings and dressings
- List of ingredients:
- Shaved Beef, Parsley, Onions, Grilled Tomatoes, Pickles & Tahini Or Hummus Sauce