Friday, 19 September 2014

Vegetarian Shawarma Recipe for Quatar

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 is 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:    
The Vegetarian Shawarma Paste:
  • 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 bread.
  • 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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  1. looks really good and tempting.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. Awesome and delicious looking shawarma. Wonderfully prepared.

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

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

  8. 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

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

  10. healthy veg shawarma..looks delish!

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

  12. wow wonderfully written post :) veg shawarma really looks fantastic dear , looks so tempting and delicious !!

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

  14. 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..

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

  16. 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

  17. 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...

  18. Wow so tempting shawarma. Looks so yummy..


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