This classic and famous Middle Eastern fast food can be prepared in a flash at home, using simple ingredients. Serve it up with fries and Israeli tomato and cucumber salad.
Famous and delicious middle eastern dish. Served with potato fries and Israeli tomato and cucumber salad.
- 1 1/2 lb. turkey thigh meat or breast
- 2-3 tbsp canola oil for frying
- 1 tbsp shawarma seasoning
- salt to taste
- 6 pita bread halved for serving
- 4-5 medium potatoes to make fries
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 1-2 medium cucumbers or persian cucumbers
- 1 small red or white onion
- 1 handful parsley or cilantro
- few sprigs of mint (optional)
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Slice the turkey meat into thin strips
Heat the oil in a frying pan or cast iron skillet on medium to high heat and place the meat in the pan. Slightly fry it a bit until the meat is no longer pink about 2-3 minutes.
Add the seasoning and stir really well. Keep frying for 2-3 minutes more and than cover with a lid and reduce the heat a bit and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
Slice the potatoes into thin strips, add salt.
Preheat a cast iron skillet and add canola oil about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the way up.
Make sure the oil is heated before frying. To check, simply add a drop of water, if it sizzles it's ready for frying.
Gently place a batch of potatoes in. Make sure the oil covers the fries to the top. Also, make sure not to cluster the fries, they need to be spread out when frying.
When they are starting to turn golden, flip them over one time and let them cook until golden brown. Place on paper towel to remove access oil.
Dice tomatoes, cucumbers and onion into small cubes.
Chop the herbs really fine. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper. Stir to combine.
Warm up the pita bread and slice them in half. Add the shawarma and add condiments of your choice: pickles, hummus, tahini, and hot sauce or hot peppers.
If you don't have shawarma seasoning you can use the following:
1 tablespoon of turmeric
1 tablespoon of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or all spice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teapoon black pepper