Chicken Shawarma

Ingredients for Chicken Shawarma:

For Pitta Bread:

1. Maida – 2 cups

    Instant yeast – ½ small spoon

    Sugar – 1 big spoon

    Olive oil – 1.5 big spoons

    Lukewarm water – As needed

For Hummus:

2. White chickpeas – 1 cup, soaked in water for 8 hours & strained

3. Tahini – 2-3 big spoons

    Garlic – 2-3 cloves, fried

    Extra virgin olive oil – 3 big spoons

    Ice – 5 cubes

    Sea salt – As needed

For chicken filling:

4. Chicken – ½ kg, boneless

5. Oil – 1 big spoon

    Lemon juice – From 1 lemon

    Garlic – 2 or 3 chillies, crushed

    Salt – For taste

    Cumin powder – 1 small spoon

    Coriander powder – 1 small spoon

    Pepper powder – 1/2 small spoon

    Turmeric powder – 1/2 small spoon

    Kashmiri chilli powder – 1/4 small spoon

    Cinnamon powder – 1/4 small spoon

For vegetable filling:

6. Onion sliced – 1

    Lettuce chopped – A handful

    Tomato – 1, sliced

    Salad cucumber – 1, sliced

    Beet root pickle – ¼ cup

How to prepare Chicken Shawarma?

1. Mix ingredients no: 1 and allow it to rest for 1 hour.

2. Sprinkle a little flour on a base and transfer maida to it.

3. Knead it to a prepare the dough. If needed add a little more flour.

4. Transfer the dough to a big bowl and apply a little oil on its surface.

5. Cover it with a moist cloth and allow it to rest in a warm place for 2 hours. Its volume will increase to double.

6. Punch it slowly and knead again.

7. Make small balls from this dough and allow it to rest for half hour more.

8. Spread them into thin round poori shapes and wrap in a cloth for 20-30 minutes.

9. Cook pita bread in a hot tawa without adding oil.

10. To prepare Hummus, pressure cook chickpeas adding water. Keep the stock aside.

11. Make a fine paste of ingredients no: 3 and chickpeas together. If needed add extra olive oil.

12. Transfer it to a plate and sprinkle your desired items like olive oil, parsley, sathar masala, pomegranate seeds etc.

13. Marinate chicken using ingredients no: 5 and grill it using a tawa. Slice it into thin pieces.

14. Place some chicken, hummus, vegetables & pickle inside a Pitta Bread, and wrap it tight.

15. Serve your chicken shawarma with French fries.

Courtesy: Vanitha Magazine, June 25 – July 8, 2022

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