I’ve mentioned before in other recipes how much we love a Chicken Shawarma spice mixture we used to buy at the Phoenicia Deli and Importers on Westheimer Street in Houston, TX. My existing bottle was getting low so I decided I better try to come up with my own before it was totally gone and I would lose the capability to compare any trials to the flavor of the real thing! Houston is 3 hours away, so I no longer consider buying direct an option and they do not manage a website. 😦
So I took down my almost empty bottle of Chicken Shawarma Spice and examined it closely. First for visual clues as to its possible ingredients. I could clearly see black pepper in it. It had a yellow hue, so turmeric and cumin were bound to be in it, as these spices are so prevalent in Middle Eastern cooking. Then I smelled its aroma over and over again to add to my understanding of what might be there. Finally, I tasted and tasted until I decided I’d just go for it and mix up the few things I felt certain were in it. I could definitely detect a little “bite” on my tongue, so I deduced maybe cayenne?
I decided to mix equal amounts of everything but the cayenne, because the “heat” was barely noticeable on my tongue. Stirred it up and tasted……but something was missing. Seemed a bit flat. So I decided to spunk it up with a little onion and garlic powder. Stirred again and tasted and finally, I was getting real close to the real McCoy! Here’s the final product of my experiment.
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3 T. ground cumin seed
2 T. ground coriander seed
1 T. turmeric
1 T. black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
DIRECTIONS: Mix all and store in jar in a dark cabinet. This is sprinkled on broiled chicken or chicken that has been grilled outside for the famous Shawarma sandwich wraps. I find I also like it on a plain cooked ground beef patty or broiled fish, on oven-roasted veggies as well. I like it so much I often put 1-2 T. into a double batch of my homemade mayonnaise recipe. Mmm.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 T. or 24 tsp. One tsp. contains:
.27 g fat
1.28 g carbs, .47 g fiber, .81 g NET CARBS
.27 g protein