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Lebanese: Chicken Shawarma

2 Jun

Lebanese cuisine is one of the popular in Eastern and Western world. The most popular dish is Shawarma. The one I am sharing with you today is chicken shawarma, if you a vegetarian you can easily replace chicken with cottage cheese.

If you usually wonder what you would like to eat as a super, yet low fat. This is a great recipe to try out. I must share with you that, this is something I often make when JS and I are on a low fat diet. The dip I use with this one is very nutritious as it contains Sesame. It is easy to cook and the marinade can be prepared a day in advance too. Sometimes Lebanese spice might not be available in your nearest store, so I also suggest Chinese Five spice to use it as a replacement. The result would be the same as the components of the spices are quite similar.

When I first made this recipe, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. When I saw the final result, it was at par or even better what we usually eat at the restaurant.


shawarma ingredients

Serves 2


250 gm boneless chicken

2 pita bread

some tahini dip

some arabic pickle


1 tsp vinegar/ lemon juice

1 tsp lebanese spice/ chinese five spice

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 cup thick yogurt

1 well beaten egg

1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tomato-sliced

1 onion-sliced


  1. Slice the chicken into long thin pieces.
  2. Mix all the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl. Add chicken and keep aside for atleast 4 hours or more in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan, add chicken along with the marinade. Stir fry for 4-5 mins till a little golden brown from some sides. Cook for 3-4 mins or till tender.
  4. Cut each piece of pita bread horizontally into half. Warm the pita bread in a pan.
  5. Spread 1 tsp of tahini paste in the pita pocket. Add the cooked chicken.
  6. Serve with Arabic Pickle.




Tahini Dip

29 May

You could serve Tahini dip with wafers, pita bread or in chicken shawarma rolls. It consists of Sesame which is very nutritious.  Not only are sesame seeds an exellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nuttrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sasamin and sasamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholestrol-lowering effect in humans, and prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.
tahini dip


1/2 cup sesame seeds

4 tsp oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup curd

1 garlic flake

3 tbsp lemon juice


Grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste in a mixer. Serve as a dip.


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