Our recipe for this week will take us to the Middle East from our Kitchen. The recipe this week is how to make a Shawarma, which is among the most popular Middle Eastern delicacies and largely eaten in Nigeria. This delicacy is mouth watering and stirs up euphoric emotions when mentioned.
Shawarma is an excellent source of proteins, potassium, vitamin A, sodium, vitamin B6, iron, vitamin C, magnesium, thiamine, calcium, niacin, iron and dietary fiber. It also contains some amounts of cholesterol, fats, carbohydrates, and sugar. When you eat Shawarma, you know you are eating healthy.
If you follow these steps, you will notice that it is as simple as ABC even though you have thought it was very difficult to make before now.
- 2 Chicken breasts (deboned)
- 2 Chicken laps (deboned) – (Beef can be used in place of chicken)
- 6 SharwaRma bread (pita/ flour or wheat tortilla wraps)
- 1 small sized cabbage
- 3 medium sized carrots
- 1 large cucumber
- 2 big fresh tomatoes
- 1 medium sized onions
- Mayonnaise or salad cream
- 2 tablespoon vegetable/olive
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 2 teaspoon curry
- 2 teaspoon minced onions
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 large stock cube(crushed into powder)
- Half a teaspoon of black pepper
- Chilli pepper(optional)
- Salt to taste
- Wash and cut the vegetables into thin strips (i.e. the cabbage, carrots) cut the cucumber in circles and set aside,
- Cut the chicken or beef into thin strips and set aside,
- Place the chicken or beef strips in a bowl and add the thyme, curry, minced onions, garlic, stock cube and black pepper. Mix thoroughly until well incorporated then cover and keep in the fridge for 2 or more hours. The longer the chicken or beef stays in the fridge to marinate the better it tastes.
- Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the chicken or beef with a little salt depending on your taste. Stir fry until it is juicy and brown. Scoop into a plate and set aside.
- Mix some mayonnaise/salad cream and ketchup together
- Spread the mayonnaise and ketchup mixture on the shawarma bread and fill it with the sliced vegetables and the meat on one end and sprinkle with some chilli pepper (optional).
- Fold the bread, tuck in the edge and roll to form a sharwarma wrap.
N.B: for a healthy choice you can use a wheat tortilla or pita wraps. You can get them at any supermarket.
Abimbola Oki, Food enthusiast | [email protected] | @fabbimzy