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Vegetarian Shawarma

We love Shawarma now !

It was introduced to me
by my elder daughter as I was constantly complaining that she does not eat at
home. “What do you eat at Miramar that I cannot make?”   Now throw this challenge to a teenager and
be prepared to face the consequences.
She took me to Miramar
and fed me Shawarma.  She was
shocked that I did not like it. It was bland and I felt not something as good
as she described.  
Somewhere around that
time it was Wine Festival better known as Grape Escapade  and after our visit there   all of us , we are about 20 of us here ,wanted
something to eat.  Most places were
closed so we went for Shawarma.  Me grumbling that what muck we have to eat,
and imagine 18 of them pouncing on you telling you are you crazy….
This time the place was
better and the Shawarma was awesome. Both my husband and I liked it.   

So what is Shawarma?
Shawarma is an Arabic word that comes from the Turkish word çevirme “turning”.
According to
Wikipedia,”Shawarma is a Levantine (East
Mediterranean region) meat
preparation, where lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, veal, or mixed meats are placed on a spit (commonly
a vertical spit in restaurants),
and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shavings are cut off the block of meat
for serving, and the remainder of the block of meat is kept heated on the
rotating spit. Although it can be served in shavings on a plate (generally with
accompaniments), Shawarma also refers to a sandwich or wrap made
with Shawarma meat. Shawarma
usually eaten with tabbouleh, fattoush, taboon bread, tomato, and cucumber.
Toppings include tahini, hummus, pickled turnips and amba.
It is akin to the Turkish Döner Kebab and the Greek Gyros.
A related Armenian dish is tarna ‘to turn’.”
Now I wanted to make the Shawarma
at home. Vegetarian Shawarma? REALLY!
So for ideas I browsed
around and landed here for a perfect Shawarma recipe a few tweaks and I had the
girls eating out of my hands.
This is my choice for the
“Around the World in 30 Days” where we are blogging international cuisine
alphabetically. Though Shawarma has its origin in Turkey it’s popular in
the Arabic world. This is my choice for Qatar!

Vegetarian Shawarma Recipe

Cuisine: Arabic
Recipe Source: Shawarmarecipe.com    
The Vegetarian Shawarma
  • 300g or 1 ½ cups rajma
    beans/ kidney beans, soaked
  • 200g or 1 cup cream
  • 50 grms or ½ cup curd, thick
  • 100g or ½ cup each of yellow and red capsicum, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced 
  • 10 cloves  garlic 
  • Pinch Sugar
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp Lime Juice (adjust as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder (adjust as per taste)
  • 1 green chilli, minced 
  • ¾  tsp dhania/ coriander powder
  • ½  tsp   
    jeera/cumin  powder
  •  salt

The Filling:

  • Add water to the rajma, three times the volume in a deep pan and pressure
    cook the rajma for 5-6 whistles. Let the pressure drop naturally, cool.
  •  In
    a kadhai/wok heat oil and add the diced pepper garlic and onion. Fry till soft.
  •  Add the sugar fry till lightly caramelised.
    Remove from the flame and set aside to cool.
  •  Add the cooked and cooled beans, cream,
    curd, diced chilli, the fried pepper, onion and garlic mixture, salt and the
    dhania powder and the jeera powder to the blender or food processor jar. Grind
    the mix to a rough paste.
  • Transfer the paste to a bowl, add lime juice and add more seasoning to taste,
    mix well.
Vegetarian Shawarma Paste
  • Lightly heat the bread spread paste onto
  • Add the mushroom vegetable, onion and capsicum.
  •  Roll,
    fold or wrap…. Enjoy!
Vegetarian Shawarma

 you can leave out
the mushrooms totally and use lettuce.
Or like where I used up left over vegetable. 
However I would like to mention here the best filling was onion, tomatoes, capsicum, cabbage mixed in cheese spread along with the paste above was the best. Unfortunately I have no pics.


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18 thoughts

  • September 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    looks really good and tempting.

  • September 19, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Nicely written post. Enjoyed reading it. Shawarma sounds really interesting.

  • September 19, 2014 at 2:40 am

    When I went to London, I ate shawarma 1/2 the time. Veg version looks delicious

  • September 19, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Vegetarian shawarma — hearing this for the first time and I'm already loving the idea 🙂 Bean paste with veggies wrapped in a flatbread sounds too tempting. Will have to try this one soon.

  • September 19, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Awesome and delicious looking shawarma. Wonderfully prepared.

  • September 19, 2014 at 5:16 am

    I am going to use this idea Archana..wonderful post..I know my colleagues love the meat version..so I never got to taste the veg version..nothing stopping us from making it right though..

  • September 19, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Omg, this vegetarian shawarma rocks, never thought of this veg version, soo delectable.

  • September 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    i also made it , but only the stugging, i wish i had seen this post before…would be making mine again now…this looks addictive to me right now

  • September 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Super one…I have been planning on this since a long time…now you saved me the botheration of converting…lovely ready recipe for me.

  • September 20, 2014 at 1:04 am

    healthy veg shawarma..looks delish!

  • September 22, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Wow! that is a great idea you got there, Archana!

  • September 22, 2014 at 3:32 am

    wow wonderfully written post 🙂 veg shawarma really looks fantastic dear , looks so tempting and delicious !!

  • September 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    The vegetarian version sounds tempting and I am going to try these for my daughter who loves these kind of wraps.

  • October 8, 2014 at 8:24 am

    This is new to me but it sounds so much like the Greek gyro wher meat is grilled on a large rotator and they are shaved and made into sandwich. The vegetarian version looks so inviting..

  • October 10, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Shawarma looks like a frankie we get in India. Yum.

  • October 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I have to be honest I can only imagine schwarma with chicken or lamb but I'm glad you find a veg version to work for you

  • November 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Enjoyed your post Archana. Sometimes our first experiences with certain dish give us a sort of mind set that it is going to taste worst all the time!Glad that the second try was good. Nice recipe…

  • December 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Wow so tempting shawarma. Looks so yummy..

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