Thursday, August 23, 2012

Shish Taouk (Mediterranean Chicken Kebab)

Mediterranean region is always famous for its rich culture and good food. During our visit to turkey finding a food with chicken and vegetable was a bit difficult in the beginning because of the language and wide use of  meat in the recipes. What we learned was taouk or tavuk (pronounced "tah-wouk") means chicken in Turkish. We got this option in a local food joint in a very famous Istiklal street. Still can't forget the taste of this dish. I tried making it today for dinner, it turned out to be a super success. Here comes the recipe.

The Turkish version is served with rice and a garlic paste along with vegetables. The Lebanese version is usually served with hummus and tabbouleh salad. The sandwich version comes in a flat bread or pita wrap seasoned with garlic paste, along with lettuce, tomatoes, and pickled turnips. It is widely eaten in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, the Palestinian Territories, and Israel, either as a sandwich or on a platter with vegetables, sometimes with chips French fries.

Chicken breast:             2 portion ( cut in small cubes)
Yogurt:                         2 table spoon
Tomato paste:               2 table spoon
Tomato sauce:              1 table spoon
Lemon Juice:                1 table spoon
Cumin Powder:             1/4 tea spoon
Dried Thyme:                1/4 tea spoon
Sumac powder:             1/2 tea spoon (optional) Substitute is lemon zest.  
Red Paprika powder:    1/2 tea spoon
Chili powder:                1/2 tea spoon
Garlic Paste:                  1/2 table spoon
Salt to taste
Olive oil

1) Wash and cut the chicken breast in small cubes. Add all the ingredient. Mix well. cover it up with a cling foil and refrigerate for 4-5 hours. 
2) Use a skewer to put all the cubes in and grill it. You can use mushroom and bell pepper in between the chicken cubes in the skewer for grilling.
3) Or you can use the pan. Heat sum oil and put the marinated chicken on the skillet. Keep turning around on high flame until its dry and form a crust over the kebabs.
4) Enjoy it with you favourite pita bread or Indian naan.


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