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Ilse's King Oyster Shawarma

Comfort food

One type of food I always love to eating when I have no interest or energy for cooking, is shawarma. I usually have some of it in my freezer, and when I had one of those days I'd just take it out, and cook it in a frying pan. Depending on how much energy I have I add some bell peper and onion, within 10-15 minutes you have a decent meal. . 


Lately I've been thinking about a good vegan alternative to this comfort food. Online there are hundreds of recipes, and after doing some research and trying out several of the recipes, I've come up with a mushroom based "shawarma" that is quick and easy to prepare! 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do



For 1-2 persons

2-3 King oyster mushrooms*

1 tablespoon oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon coriander

a pinch of turmeric

Salt & pepper to taste



* Other mushrooms, like portobello are also possible, however this might affect how long they go into the oven. I prefer King Oyster mushrooms due to their texture, as well as how well the ease with which they can be pulled appart.

** A frying pan is also possible, but the mushrooms won't turn out as crispy as they would when preparing in the oven

The Method

1) Clean the oyster mushrooms, and pull them into shreds with two forks. 

2) Put all the shreds into a bowl and add all the spices. Stir the mixture so the spices cover all the mushroom pieces, and then add oil and stir again. Let the mixture rest and marinate for approximately 10-20 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven at 150 C

3) When the oven is properly preheated, take out the baking tray and spread the mushrooms out to make sure they all bake evenly. Depending on the thickness of the shreds, they should bake for 10-15 minutes. Stir halfway through to make sure all pieces bake evenly. 

4) serving suggestion: Take a wrap or pita bun and heat them according to the instructions. Layer them with salad, preferred veggies and a condiment (I prefer some garlic based sauce).

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