Friday, 29 November 2013

Chicken Shawarma

As much as most of us love the ease of having ready-made shawarmas, there is something extra special about the ones made at home! This way you get to decide what toppings you like, or how much spice goes into it. And more than anything else, you're guaranteed that your family is eating a healthy meal! Nothing beats that. :)
This recipe makes 4-5 shawarmas:
500g boneless chicken breast, cut into even sized cubes
1 level tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin powder
½ tsp. turmeric powder
½ tbsp. ginger paste
½ tbsp. garlic paste
1 tsp. tandoori masala
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. yoghurt
1 tsp. salt
Marinate the chicken cubes in the above ingredients preferably overnight or for at least 4 hours.
Skewer them and grill until tender. You can dab a bit of oil on the pieces as they grill. Do not over-cook them, they should be ready within 10-15minutes. Make sure you turn the skewers several times if you're grilling on a bbq grill to ensure all sides are evenly cooked. If baking under an oven grill, set the temperature at 200 C, bake for 10 minutes per side or until slightly charred.
Remove from the skewers, chop into smaller chunks and keep warm.
For a puffed pita bread, use this recipe: Puffed Pita
For a flat pita bread, use this recipe: Flat Pita
For the garlic sauce, use this recipe: Garlic Sauce
You will also need salad/lettuce or cabbage, cucumbers (fresh or pickled), tomatoes and onions, all finely sliced
Place a pita bread (or slit one if you're using the puffed pita). Spread some garlic sauce or mayonnaise, any chilli or ketchup sauce, even tamarind chutney if you like. Add some chopped lettuce or cabbage, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions, fries.
Roll and wrap with greaseproof paper or foil. Serve warm!!

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