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What is Shawarma?

What is Shawarma?

Shawarma (Arabic: شاورما‎), is a Middle Eastern sandwich-like wrap of shaved lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or a mixture thereof. The meat is placed on a spit, and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shawarma is a fast-food staple across the Middle East, Europe, the Caucasus, and North Africa.

Shawarma is eaten with pita bread, Lavash bread, tabouli salad, fattoush salad, taboon bread, tomato and cucumber. Toppings include tahini, hummus, pickled turnips and amba.

Shawarma is shared by many country variations. In Greece, it is called gyros, meaning "turned". In Armenian, it is "Tarna", literally meaning "to turn", and in Turkish it is called döner kebab, which in turn means "turning kebab".

The word shawarma (pronounced /ʃəˈwɑrmə/) comes from the Turkish word çevirme [tʃevirˈme], meaning turning.


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