This is a part of the series ……. For the Chef in u
Contributed by YUMMRAJ’s favourite Chef ANONYMOUS
Super easy to make & Super good to eat……………
Shawarma is nowadays available in every other eatery in Delhi. Shawarma meat grilling machines are seen in loads of places as well. It seems to have become quite popular in a short span of time.
I wanted to make it at home for quite some time – without buying the machine of course. So started my research on the same & as expected, came across many versions of shawarma. My experiments began & I came up with this version that is of course Super easy to make & Super good to eat……………
Lets start with Grilled chicken –
Marinate 4 boneless chicken thighs in 1 tablespoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, ¼ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder (or to taste), 1 teaspoon white vinegar, 2 tablespoon plain curd (yoghurt), 1/2 teaspoon each of ginger & garlic paste, salt to taste. Refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius. Grill the marinated chicken for 10 minutes on each side. In case u do not have an oven, worry not. Cook the marinated chicken on a nonstick pan till the chicken is done within & slightly brown on the outside.
Shred the chicken after it cools down as shown in the picture above.
Chop 1 medium sized cucumber (deseeded), 1 medium sized onion & 1 tomato into ½ cm sized cubes (as shown in the picture). Also cut 8 – 10 kalamata olives into 8 pieces each.
The Magic Dressing – Dry blend 3 tablespoons of white til (sesame seeds). Add 3 large cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice & 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil & salt to taste. Blend these to a smooth paste. This is the ‘make or break’ ingredient of the dish, I wud say.
Mix together all the above – grilled chicken, veggies & the dressing. Ur filling is ready.
Cut a pita bread into half, toast it.
Stuff the pita pocket with the filling & serve immediately – Keep licking fingers till long after u have eaten this super YUMM dish.