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Arabic recipes: Arabic Shawarma

Updated on May 23, 2011

What is Shawarma?

Shawarma is shaved lamb, goat, chicken, turkey or beef. Meat is placed on a spit to be cooked by side flames, it takes a very long time to be grilled and a special cooker should take care of it and move it around and shave the grilled parts. Shawarma is one of the deliciouse fast-foods across the Arab world, Europe and other countries because it's tasty and easy to go. Shawarma is eaten with any kind of bread or without,but Peta bread is the best. It can be eaten with sliced tomato and cucumber. Toppings include tahinsauce, pickles and grilled tomatoes.

Shawarma is a Turkey word means "turning".

Can Shawarma be cooked at home?


Nothing is impossible with people :)

The following link will take you to step by step recipe for Shawarma. You can replace beef meat by lamb, turkey or chicken meat. To have the flame effect, you can make a little trick.

What is the trick?

1- Cut a square piece of aluminium foil 10cm x10cm

2- Fold the sides to make a little plate

3- Place the foil in the middle of the pan which contains Shawarma

4- Put a piece of any greasy substance "cooking oil or margarine not your car's oil"

5- Burn a piece of coal to red then place it in the grease

6- Cover the pan firmly and leave it for 5 minutes.

Your friends will think it's a barbecue.



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      Tony Mead 5 years ago from Yorkshire


      nice hub, I love this stuff fresh off the spit. Many of our local take-aways buy it in ready cut and frozen so that they can just thaw and serve, but it has a plastic texture.

      I've never thought about making it myself, some chef:[ I will do though.



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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Cheerfulnuts, I wish if you can eat it more. You can also cook it at home. I used to cook it when I was out of Egypt to get the taste I love.

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      cheerfulnuts 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love shawarma and I've only eaten it less than 10 times in my entire life. Makes me drool... Thanks for the cooking lesson!

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Thanks Tony for the vote:)

      If they cut it cold, you can buy it and heat at home then smoke with a hot coal in a spoon of any fatty material "oil" you put in the middle in a little cup and cover the whole thing with aluminium foil for 2 minutes. Enjoy the taste:)

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      HI kafsoa

      it looks very tasty, I think it is the same as we call in England Donna kebab. very tasty although sadly around here they seldom cut it hot from the spit roast and it is not as tasty.

      good hub:} voted up too

      regards Tony

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      Tariq Sattar 6 years ago from Karachi

      I just love arabic shawarma, its so delicious...

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Yes Zainejaz, it's my favorite too, Shawarma is very delicious and lets you feel full for hours :)

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      Zainejaz 6 years ago from Quetta

      Kafosa loving it :) It's my most favorite dish...

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Hi Nell "I like rose",

      Thank you for visiting my hub. It's pleasure to have a nice friend as you :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, my son eats it all the time, we call it kebabs! I have watched my friend in the fish and chip shop make it for us! love it, cheers nell

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      I love Shawarma too!

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      savannahbree10 6 years ago from Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada

      i luv shawarmas !