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Shawarma – The Arabic Fast Food

Fast food is one of the most abundantly sold kinds of food in the world, at the moment. Due to the cheaper price tag, efficient service, and scrumptious taste, it’s very popular around the globe. Among many of these taste bombs, a delicacy called Shawarma is also present. It’s a Middle Eastern delicacy which is now sold and cherished worldwide. Different parts of the world serve shawarma as a permanent part of their menus since people seem to love the acquired taste and also the pocket-friendly tag.

Shawarma, as it is known in Arabic, is basically a sandwich wrap filled with a hefty amount of mutton, beef, veal, turkey or chicken along with a vegetable salad. The wrap is either pita bread or freshly made tortillas. The meat is marinated for a few hours and then roasted over a slow flame for several hours. The grilled and juicy hot meat mounted on a special machine called as spit, is then shredded. The shaved off meat which is dropping into a circular tray below to be retrieved is later rolled on the bread.

Mayonnaise, chili sauce, vinegar or traditional Arab sauces such as tahini (made of sesame) and hummus (made of a chickpea) and chopped cucumber, onion and tomato are added to the filling for a perfect serve.

The word “Shawarma” has been derived from a Turkish word “çevirme,” which means “turning.” Shawarma originated as döner kebab, in Northeastern part of Turkey. However, the new Shawarma Recipes have been brought to form and popularity by the Turkish population residing in Germany. In the ancient times, the wood fire was used for cooking Shawarma instead of the modern gas flame.

Groups of youngsters flock to the eateries or certain fast food joints for the juicy and delicious shawarma. While it’s also a family fave. Families also visit the local food bars to enjoy the delectable delicacy from Arabia. Youngsters mainly constitute the majority of customers mass at the traditional shawarma chains. While many prefer to take it piping hot in the restaurants, others go for a takeaway since it’s more convenient.

The traditional shawarma is usually confused with an Greek American version od the dish called “Gyro”. Which is a Greek dish made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, normally pork, chicken, beef, veal, lamb or mutton. Other alternatives such as feta or haloumi cheese, and usually served wrapped in a flatbread such as pita or sandwich, with cucumber, tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce. Since Pork is a not allowed in both Arabia and Israel, Shawarma came into being which has no use of pork in it, making it eligible for all the Muslims and Jews as well.

Meat Shawarma is a dish that is rich in vitamins A, B6, C, niacin, thiamine and folate and minerals like magnesium, iron, sodium, potassium, and calcium. Proteins are also abundantly present in Shawarma recipes. The dish also contains carbohydrates, dietary fiber, fats, sugar and cholesterol and depending on the recipe, the calorie yielded by Shawarma can range between 60 and 600.

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