Nothing is as satisfying as a big plate of shawarma. The strong flavours, of the chicken, mixed with the soft flavours of the hummus and rice, make it a perfect meal. I wanted to try to make a home-made version as the shawarma we usual purchase is a billion calories and basically makes you feel guilty the second you finish it.
The key to this was to make EVERYTHING homemade, including the hummus. I created a recipe through trial and error that I would like to share with you.
1 15 ounce can of drained chickpeas
1/4 cup Tahini
2 tbs Lemon Juice
1 tbs crushed garlic
1-2 tbs Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Ground Cumin Optional
Mix all of these ingredients in a blender. If like to make your hummus nice and creamy keep the blender on for a longer period of time, but keep in mind that you can stop the blending process to leave it more chunky like I did.
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
1 tsp salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
½ teaspoon turmeric
A pinch ground cinnamon
Red pepper flakes, to taste
4 boneless, skinless chicken breastsPrepare a marinade for the chicken. Combine the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon and red pepper flakes in a large bowl, and mix. Add the chicken and toss well to coat. Cover and store in refrigerator for at least 1 hour and no more 12 hours.
Put the chicken in the oven at 425 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes. Once the chicken has slightly cooled, cut it up into chunks
Because I threw together the salad there was no real recipe. The ingredients were Ice burg lettuce, green and red cabbage, cucumber, and hot peppers with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing.
The rice was much easier then I thought! I prepared two cups of rice as per the instructions, and added 2 tsp of turmeric to the water. When the rice was cooked it was yellow, and full of fragrance.
1/2 cupgarlic cloves peeled
a pinch of salt
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
a splash of lemon juice to taste
Mix all of these ingredients together, in a large bowl. You can modify as you prefer.
What recipes have you tried to mimic at home? Let me know in the comments!