It looks like lamb shawarma, feels like lamb shawarma, and tastes quite similar to one too. But it's 100% vegan and uses only natural non-refined ingredients. Magic? No, friend. It's king oyster mushrooms shawarma! You won't believe how good this is until you try it.
We wanted to turn the classic lamb doner recipe vegan without using any ready-made meat alternatives. To do that, we needed something that would look like, and feel like lamb, possibly even taste similar to it once seasoned. King oyster mushrooms were a perfect choice.
Shawarma meat is seasoned with a mix of Mediterranean spices; then it's roasted on a spit and sliced thinly. By slicing the stems of king oyster mushrooms with a potato peeler, we get a similar look to a strip of lamb meat. We then dip these strips in a spicy marinade and roast them in the oven.
It's really that simple, but the result is remarkable. Add a few other of your favourite doner ingredients, like tomatoes, fresh lettuce, and onions, and you've got magic in your hands. For the final touch, you can make our fresh and spicy "kebab-shop" chilli sauce, or use your favourite.
And the best thing is, this veggie shawarma is incredibly wholesome. With its 100% plant-based ingredients, one wrap has only 6g (9% of the RDI) of fats! That is half the fats than traditional lamb shawarma. And it's filled with all the good nutrients and vitamins you get from mushrooms, tomatoes, and the other veggies. Plus, we used wholemeal pittas for the extra fibres.
You can prepare and cook everything in less than 30 minutes — it's faster than takeaway. We loved this recipe (as you can probably tell by our excitement) and we hope you will too. Follow the steps below and enjoy!