I wanted to try something different for dinner the other day, that required a different set of ingredients than the usual maggi and curry, so I went with one of my favorite middle eastern recipes - Shawarma! For starters, shawarma can be made in sooo many different ways. I'm still working on improving this recipe and experimenting with other ways I could add a more authentic flavor to it, but I love documenting the process so I know what to do differently next time around. Also, this came out deliciously! It didn't taste exactly like the shawarma I had growing up (honestly, I don't think I could get to their level, those guys were just pros!), but it was a great attempt. :D.
So, here goes...
- Step 1: Combine all the beef ingredients (other than the beef) in a bowl to prepare the marinade. Add the beef and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. I left mine overnight.
- Step 2: In a large saucepan cook beef for about 45 minutes until it is tender. Jump to step 3 while it's cooking.
- Step 3: To make the garlic paste - Use a mortar and pestle (if you have one) to pound the peeled garlic before tossing it into a food processor.
- Step 4: Whiz garlic in processor until it forms a paste. Add lemon juice, then add egg whites and keep mixing till it's bubbly. Add in the oil slowly (every 20 - 30 seconds) while mixing until you get a creamy consistency.
- Step 5: Once beef is tender set aside. Heat up some olive oil in a frying pan, this will be used to midly fry the beef. I also did this to lock in the juice. Feel free to shred the beef at this point if you want it thinner.
- Step 6: Fry the beef with a dash of garlic powder on low-mid heat until it looks like the image below. Set aside. At this point, pre heat your oven to 360 degrees.
- Step 7: Chop onion bulb and fry with olive oil in a sauce pan on low-mid heat. Add a pinch of garlic powder. (Images below :) )
- Step 8: Slice tomatoes and fry similarly to the onion bulb.
- Step 9: Chop up your cilantro and set aside.
- Step 10: Once your oven is done preheating, place your fries in the oven to grill following the instructions on the packet(it tells you how long to leave it in for). I used country style fries (image below)
- Step 11: Place tortillas in the oven for about 10 mins. This will make them warm and a little crispy.
- Step 12 (Preparing the wrap): Spread the garlic paste on the wrap. Add beef, then onions, tomatoes, some fries and a little cilantro. Pour more garlic paste if you wish over everything, and wrap it all up like you would a burrito! Cut in half, and serve warm.
Please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions (I'd love to get feedback!) or questions if you'd like to try it. :D