Middle Eastern Shawarma

I've been looking for a schawarma recipe as good as what I had in the Middle East two decades ago, and I finally found it.  I usually don't post recipes with lots of ingredients, but this one is worth it.  Rather than recreate the wheel, I recommend Roxana Begun's website and video for preparation since she makes it so easy.  Mine was perfect on the first try.  As she notes, this is a wonderful make-ahead recipe and great for a party.  The fragrance from the spices will make all your guests want it, and the taste is absolutely wonderful.  

Even though the spice list is daunting, we'll make it easy for you by selling a packet of the whole spices on our website if you don't have them on hand.  Once you have the spices, the preparation is straight-forward.  Dive in.  It's worth it.


The spices include:

Cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cinnamon stick, black peppercorns, green cardamom seeds, cloves, nutmeg, 

fenugreek seeds and star anise.


Ground spices are:

Paprika, sumac and salt

You can serve the lamb with flatbreadrice or couscous, sliced vegetables (cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, onions), tahini sauce, hot sauce, pickles and tabbouleh or yogurt dip -- pretty much anything you wish.