IMG_0483-2 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...

Level/Type: Medium/Entree
Yield: 4 servings 
Prep Time: 9 hours (includes marinating beef overnight)
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 10 hrs 30 mins
INGREDIENTS
BEEF:
2 pounds of beef strips (thinly cut)
1 cup of greek plain yoghurt
1/4 cup of vinegar (note to self - use less next time. 1/8 perhaps)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cube of maggi (you can use a teaspoon of allspice seasoning instead. I ran out, but maggi added a nice touch!)
1 lemon, squeezed
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GARLIC PASTE:
1 garlic bulb
1 egg white
1 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of salt.
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WRAP:
1 pack of Tortillas
Garlic powder
1 large onion bulb
1 tomato (or more, it's up to you)
1/2 cup cilantro
French fries (could also be eaten as a side with ketchup )
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EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
A small food processor for the garlic paste. I didn't have one and ended up working with a mortar, pestle and blender. A food processor will make your life a lot easier and create a better paste.
Garlic crusher
Mortar & Pestle (optional)
PROCEDURE
  • 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.
And that's it, you're done!

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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

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Bon Appetit,
-Onivie