Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chawarma /Shawarma(minced meat filling)

Chawarma or shawarma is a common Arabic wrap. Thanks to my Lebanese friends here again for I got to learn a lot about Lebanese cuisine. Usually, Pita bread is filled with some spread, salad, pickled veggies, french fries, chicken or meat etc.. This meat or chicken is usually on a rotisserie (helps in uniform cooking), behind this is an eletric oven , and the meat gets cooked with this heat. But, there is no hard and fast rule that the meat has to be cooked this way. The filling can vary. Even the spread can vary, like some prefer a hummus spread, some prefer ground seasame spread, some prefer mayonaisse, garlic spread etc. Chawarma is one meal with which I could try out different combinations, fillings etc. I even use some leftover meat, chicken etc. Here is one...

Pita - 4 nos
French fries - one handful
Mayonaise - 4 tbsp
Garlic paste - 1/2tsp

For the minced meat filling:
Minced meat - 200 grams
Onions - 1 nos
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 2 nos
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Salt for taste
Oil - 2 tbsp

Heat oil in a wok, add finely chopped onions and saute till golden brown. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for a min. Add chilly powder and give a stir. Add minced meat, chopped green chillies, garam masala powder stir well, so that lumps are not formed. Add salt, water( if required) and cook till oil seperates. Now the minced meat filling is ready. Place the pita on a tawa for 30sec (or till it is soft). Mix mayoniase and garlic paste well and spread about 1 tbsp on each pita. Place the minced meat filling, french fries and wrap it well. Place it on a sandwich maker or tawa/ pan and heat it, till its stiff and gets that shape of a roll. Wrap it with a aluminium foil sheet or any wrapping paper and serve hot.

Can add pickled veggies, hot chilly sauce ( if you like it spicy)etc. for variation. Great way to use leftover minced meat.


  1. Rachna,,how are you ter dear?..Schwarma is our faav one dear only tried in restaurant after seeing ur version seems very quick n easy one to make at home itself dear.

    Rachna,,dear regarding the basil pesto sauce i used the store bought one dear cos we can make it our home very easy but cant store it for long time i dont cook often the pesto pasta dear only occassionaly for quick dinner dear.

  2. i used to have this wrap in banglore and i just loved it so i had tried it too few weeks back with paneer, and yours too look very very yum, am sure must have been really tasty...

  3. Thanks Sushma :) Yes, At home it was a big hit for its taste :)


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