Shawarma on hummus

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One of the biggest advantages of living in Beirut is this: I can order this at my favorite deli. It comes with all the trimmings. The flavor is superb and I did not spend a second in the kitchen. 

If you are looking for a classic hummus recipe, click here. 

A beef shawarma recipe, click here. 

This dish can also be served with ground lamb fried with chopped onions. The pine nuts taste best fried in butter separately. 

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  1. Posted April 24, 2013 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Why is it Beef is it not normally lamb ??

  2. Posted April 24, 2013 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    A scrumptious pairing! I love both specialities.



  3. Joumana
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    @david hart: yes, it is lamb; however when made at home, most people do it with beef (not as fatty). Either way is fine, the important thing is to marinade it the day before. The problem with lamb is that fat (called liyeh) comes from the tail and is placed at the top of the skewer; when making it at home, you can order it from the butcher here in Lebanon (the fat from the tail, that is); unfortunately this fat is not available overseas. So beef is an easier option with olive oil instead of tail-fat.

  4. weavethousandflavors
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    What a fanstastic pairing and the fact that you can get this as take-away is brilliant! What a good way to live and eat my friend :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  5. Posted April 24, 2013 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    This is making me hungry! Yet, I don’t need to be hungry to eat this! Can eat it any time! We sometimes make hummus with pastirma, but never seen lamb or beef doner on it. This one sounds so good!

  6. Posted April 24, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Now you’re talking! Wish I could beam this over to my table.

  7. Posted April 24, 2013 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Make me want to move over there to get that shwarma!!

  8. Posted April 24, 2013 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Woah.. I posted something similar last week but this puts my turkey shawarma recipe to shame. You’ve won me as a fan!

  9. Posted April 24, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Yum! I love this version in Turkey when it’s served with pastrami. Sooo good! I’m sure your version is just as yummy.

  10. Posted April 24, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Tell the the truth, Joumana: how many butter-fried pine nuts did you eat before they even made it into the dish?

  11. Joumana
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    @Eric: your insight blows me away: truth be told, at least 25.

  12. Joumana
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    @Yosef: I have no merit, great food is available here, just a matter of ordering :)

  13. Posted April 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    There’s only one place in LA I know of that does half a good a job of this combo. GREG

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  15. Posted April 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    When in Turkey I enjoyed many a shawarma wrapped in flatbread, though the Turkish called the treat a “Doner”. As good as they were, my father-in-law, George said there were a poor substitute for Lebanese shawarma!

  16. Joumana
    Posted April 27, 2013 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    @Oui, Chef: Lebanese are very proud of their culinary achievements! However, we all agree that the shawarma was a legacy from the Ottomans who rules over the region for centuries (including while my grandmother was alive). It is just not the same as the doner,that’s all.

  17. Posted April 27, 2013 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    This is one of my all-time favourite dishes. I’m going home for a couple of weeks in summer and I am SO excited that my favourite cafe that makes this is still open.

  18. Posted April 28, 2013 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Des fois ça fait du bien de se faire servir…..

  19. Posted April 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Your are very lucky to have such wonderful things available at the local vendors! A delicious combination!

  20. Posted April 29, 2013 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Hummus and Shawarma is always a great combination!

  21. Posted May 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Oh that looks delicious!

  22. Rosanne Zammit
    Posted August 12, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Dear Joumana,
    The link to the shawarma recipe is broken. I also tried but could not find it through search. And I need it desperately. My husband and I love it and we need to make it for guests who are coming over on Thursday.


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