Homemade shawarma spice is that ingredient in your kitchen that you didn’t know you needed.
I’m in Ottawa, and that’s important, because we’re talking about shawarma today. Ottawa has been called the shawarma capital of the world (which seems a little rude to our friends in Lebanon, who gave us the delicious treat in the first place, after all). In any case, I do think it’s safe to say that the fine folks of Ottawa-Gatineau have a plethora of shawarma restaurants to choose from, and we know the good, the bad and the ugly.
Every city has what they lovingly term their drunk food. In Toronto, I hear it’s ramen. You see the clock strike 2(am) on a Friday night, and the 24-hour ramen places are packed with young people who are tipsy enough that the starchy, delicious noodles are their best friends. That’s how it is in Ottawa with shawarma.
But let me be clear: you don’t need to be tipsy to know that shawarma—and ramen, for that matter—are just plain delicious. And I’m not posting this homemade shawarma spice recipe to keep young’uns from partying. The whole idea is to make sure you can make amazing, delicious shawarma at home whenever you have that hankering!
Because of how important fair trade is, I strongly recommend using fair trade, organic spices from Cha’s Organics in this recipe. Not only are they better for people and the planet, they genuinely are the highest quality and deliver an absolutely amazing flavour.
And now onto the homemade shawarma spice!
This homemade shawarma spice is the perfect seasoning blend for your homemade pita wraps!
- 2 tbsp Cha's Organics black peppercorns * (fair trade)
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1-1/2 tbsp Cha's Organics whole clove ** (fair trade)
- 1-1/2 tbsp Cha's Organics ground true cinnamon *** (fair trade)
- 1-1/2 tbsp grated Cha's Organics nutmeg **** (fair trade)
- 1 tbsp Cha's Organics whole cardamom ***** (fair trade)
- 1/2 tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tbsp salt
Combine all of the spices in a coffee grinder (or mortar and pestle, if you prefer) and grind until everything is mixed together well. Alternatively, grind the whole spices separately and add then the spices that are already ground, mixing everything together well.
Store in an airtight container.
Per 1lb protein (meat, tofu, etc.), place 1 Tbsp seasoning and 2 Tbsp olive oil in a container (close to the size of the protein for the best marinading!). Add the protein, ensure the marinade covers it as best possible and let it marinate for at least 2 hours or preferably overnight. Cook the protein by grilling or pan-frying for best results. Use in your favourite wrap!
* Cha’s Organics whole peppercorns are certified fair trade and organic.
** Cha’s Organics whole clove is certified fair trade and organic.
*** Cha’s Organics ground true cinnamon is certified fair trade and organic. Did you know that most cinnamon sold in stores isn’t actually cinnamon, but a cheaper cousin called cassia? To get real cinnamon, look for true cinnamon or ceylon on the label.
**** Cha’s Organics whole nutmeg is certified fair trade and organic. Freshly-grated nutmeg is more pungent, so if you use pre-ground nutmeg, consider adding a little extra to the recipe.
***** Cha’s Organics whole cardamom is certified fair trade and organic.
What will you use this amazing spice blend for? Let us know in the comments!
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