sha·​war·​ma | \ shä-ˈwȯr-mə How to pronounce shawarma (audio) , ˈshwȯr-mə\

Definition of shawarma

: a sandwich especially of sliced lamb or chicken, vegetables, and often tahini wrapped in pita bread

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Lamb and chicken shawarma, a Middle Eastern dish typically served rolled in pita, will be a weekly special at Steingold’s. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Modern meets traditional at Steingold's, new Jewish deli in North Center," 23 Aug. 2017 SHERYL JULIAN Skillet lamb shawarma with tahini sauce and sumac onions Serves 6 Allow a day for the lamb to marinate. Sheryl Julian,, "Recipe: Get a skillet blazing hot and you can make Middle Eastern lamb shawarma at home," 28 May 2018 Similar to shawarma or al pastor, döner meat is stacked on a rotisserie and cooked slowly on a rotating spit. Lauren Lumpkin,, "Döner Brös food truck to open its first shop in Charles Village," 2 July 2018 Try lunch at the homey Atelier September and a meal at Geranium , Denmark's only three-star Michelin restaurant, before heading to Noma, which will be serving an menu made entirely of vegetables (including a celeriac shawarma) until late September. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Copenhagen from $330 Round-Trip," 22 June 2018 Tigers - Chicken Shawarma Nachos This is a neat twist on a chicken shawarma sandwich, with chicken, hummus and garlic sauce piled atop pita chips. Ted Berg, USA TODAY, "All 30 foods at MLB's new 'FoodFest,' ranked," 13 Mar. 2018 The beloved Detroit shawarma chain will introduce its largest location yet this summer just a few blocks from where it was born more than a decade ago. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Beloved Detroit shawarma chain Bucharest Grill returning to downtown," 15 June 2018 The beef shawarma is marinated and stacked right here. Rainbow Rowell, Bon Appetit, "At El Basha, Eat Your Soup and Don’t Ask Questions," 6 June 2018 There is smoked chicken shawarma and hummus and falafels. Todd A. Price,, "At new St. Roch Market stall, Cairo native serves up Egyptian culture," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of shawarma

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shawarma

Levantine Arabic shāwurma sliced lamb on a skewer, from Turkish çevirme, literally, turn, rotation, from çevir- turn

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