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Shawarmas

 Shop in the Medan, I asked this man if I could take his picture and he eagerly agreed!

This tasty sandwich can be found all over Saudi Arabia as well as Syria and probably most middle eastern countries. In Riyadh when you walk down to the neighborhood shops there will be at least a few restaurants and  most of them will sell Shawarma and Falafal sandwiches.  Shawarma is a sandwich made on pita or Arabic bread. It has seasoned chicken wrapped up in Arabic bread, with sauce, french fries and slices of pickle. I guess you could say it is like a burger for us here in America. It is basically the quick sandwich you pick up at a neighborhood shop in a hurry! Shawarma meat is cooked on a vertical rotisserie as you can see in the picture!  At home you can make a simple version with a few ingredients.You can put whatever you like in your sandwich but on the streets of Riyadh, it is chicken, french fries, pickles and sauce!!

In Syria the same is true regarding this sandwich, it is found every where. The local area near my in-laws apartment is called the Medan. The street is lined with every imaginable shop for people in the local neighborhood. Trays of sweets sit out on the sidewalk, shop workers stand out front watching the latest soap opera on their television sets. We spent hours walking around this local shopping area. I asked the man in the featured image if I could take a picture and he happily agreed.

Ingredients

Because I still have 7 people in my household, my cooking is a bit on the large side. I am scaling this down here but know that these are estimates.

4 chicken breasts cut into thin pieces.

1 onion chopped

3 Tbs. olive oil

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp.turmeric

1/2 tsp.cumin

Salt- to taste

1 cup of water mixed with 1 chicken bouillon cube

3 cloves garlic

pinch of cayenne pepper

french fries cooked and these can be frozen or fresh

dill pickles sliced into thin strips

Sauce for sandwich

You can use anything you like to spread on your sandwich. I use one of the following:

Plain yogurt

hummus

Garlic Mayonnaise

Directions

Put onion, garlic and 3 Tbs. of olive oil in a large pan and saute, add chicken and stir frequently, add spices, mix well. Place water and bouillon cube in a separate pan, warm water and dissolve bouillon cube, add to chicken mix.  Cover and simmer until chicken is totally cooked. I like to let this simmer a little longer to make sure the chicken has soaked up these delicious flavors.

Spread sauce of you choice on Arabic bread, put chicken, pickles and fries, wrap it up and serve.

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103 Comments Post a comment
  1. This is a keeper

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    October 11, 2015
  2. Anonymous #

    I love shawarmas. I just don’t know how to make some. Thanks for sharing

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    October 11, 2015
    • Sure, they are very simple and easy to make. you can add things you like was well

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      October 11, 2015
  3. Now THAT is going to be eaten often, I can tell. By the way – I’m so glad you said you asked the man if you could take his picture. I rather think that one of the worst things about the dawn of the new era is people just snapping away without a thought for whether a person minds being in a picture that actually might end up on the internet being viewed by countless people. It’s a bit of a soapbox of mine – I wonder what others feel. Particularly where children are concerned.

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    October 11, 2015
    • yes me too! I hesitate to put the numerous pictures on of my in laws even though I don’t think they would mind! still I just cant!

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      October 11, 2015
      • My husband was paranoid about pictures before we met – he has been worn down by me (I use social media to keep in touch with his family as well as mine and they LOVE to see pictures of him) 🙂

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        October 11, 2015
  4. Interesting sandwich!

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    October 11, 2015
  5. My Favourite Shawarma. We get this in India too. Love it. Thanks for sharing Lynn

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    October 11, 2015
  6. Woooooow simple but too delicious and love the tip of simmer the chicken bit long

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    October 11, 2015
  7. I love recipes that include a story with them. This looks yummy, though I have stopped eating meat myself it is still a good one to keep for company! 🙂

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    October 11, 2015
  8. Definitely a sandwich I would like to try. Thank you, Lynz!

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    October 11, 2015
  9. Aah, the wonderful shawarma 🙂 the only time I miss eating meat is when I smell the shawarma chicken being cooked at the takeaways in Abu Dhabi. I make a vegetable version with slightly different spices to your, whilst making chicken for my boys. Love it!

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    October 11, 2015
  10. Omg I love Shawarmas! ! Glad u put this recipe up☺☺

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    October 11, 2015
  11. wow, with all the shawarma shops around I wouldn’t have even thought of making this at home!

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    October 11, 2015
  12. Your recipe looks great Lynz 🙂
    When you buy shawarma in Denmark, it is made by calf meat. I have never seen it with chicken and I have visited many arabic sandwich bars.

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    October 11, 2015
    • Oh wow interesting. They use mostly chicken in Saudi and Syria, I have never seen beef! they use lamb in both Saudi and Syria but mostly chicken! Very interesting!

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      October 11, 2015
  13. Oh, these look good and easy! I may have to pick some bread up and try them for an easy supper at some point this week.

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    October 11, 2015
    • yes they are easy, like our burger, often they are made in a complicated fashion but really just simple as you like type sandwich!

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      October 11, 2015
      • I will take the simple version – and hope that at some point I have time for the complicated!

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        October 12, 2015
        • ha ha well it’s just a sandwich but I think looking from the outside people add lots of things that sound exotic ha ha but are not necessary maybe! maybe like someone making meatloaf thinking it is an exotic exciting meal? lol

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          October 12, 2015
  14. This is one of my favourite dishes. A local shop in my locality serves succulent shawarmas… 🙂

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    October 11, 2015
  15. This is a common snacks here and mostly in festival season… However, thanks for sharing this recipe in a simple form with us 🙂

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    October 11, 2015
  16. Sounds delicious, Lynn!

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    October 11, 2015
  17. True, you can find it in many middle eastern countries, and even here in Lebanon.
    My friends visited Turkey and said that they make there very delicious shawarma.
    Tourists always fall in love with Shawarma whenever visiting a middle eastern country

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    October 11, 2015
  18. I love shawarmas! It’s the one food I miss the most ever since I moved away from Pakistan.. And it’s the one food I can never manage to get right on my own :p

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    October 11, 2015
  19. Love trying new recipes and this one sounds great… now I must try a shawarma! Thanks. 🙂

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    October 11, 2015
  20. izza ifzaal #

    I love them but the spicy ones with chatni rocks.

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    October 11, 2015
  21. It looks so tasty and quite simple to make, too. It seems odd that the fries go into the sandwhich and not just served with it. I imagine it could be a little of both. Great photo, too.

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    October 11, 2015
  22. My husband spent a little time in the Middle East and ate lots of Shawarmas. He loved them! I will have to make these for him sometime soon!

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    October 11, 2015
  23. This happens to be my husband’s favorite 🙂 Looks lovely!

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    October 12, 2015
  24. I just want to reach out and grab one. I’m famished, need lunch…

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    October 12, 2015
  25. Love love them. A favorite at home . 🙂

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    October 12, 2015
  26. I’ve have never tried shawarmas before. I wonder how it tastes. The filling sounds delicious and I’m sure it’s great with Naan bread as well. 🙂

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    October 12, 2015
  27. Salivating..!

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    October 12, 2015
  28. Thanks for sharing the recipe Lynn !

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    October 12, 2015
  29. Like hamburgers to Americans, how fun! Looks delicious!

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    October 12, 2015
  30. I love shawarma! Here I was thinking that they couldn’t be made at home and could only be bought at a restaurant… Thanks for proving me wrong! This looks delicious

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    October 12, 2015
  31. I love Shawarmas Lynz..Thanks for sharing..

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    October 14, 2015
  32. _Marielli #

    I love this eat this all the time in NYC

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    November 10, 2015

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