Home-made doner kebab

Step by step recipe:

  1. 5 min.Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #1
    Prepare a marinade by mixing 5 tablespoons olive oil, 2 bayleaves, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon spices for couscous*, salt and pepper.

    (* see below)
  2. 2 hoursHome-made doner kebab : Photo of step #2
    Cut 800 g beef into small, fairly thin (about ½ cm or ¼ inch slices).

    Put the sliced meat in the marinade, stir to mix well, cover with plastic film and leave in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. 5 min.Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #3
    After this, skewer the meat onto the rotisserie skewer from your oven, laying the slices flat against each other.
  4. 1 min.Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #4
    Fit the rotisserie back in the oven and cook under the grill on medium heat.
  5. 5 min.Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #5
    Meanwhile, prepare the yoghurt sauce by mixing 300 g plain yoghurt (Greek style), parsley, coriander , 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, salt and pepper.
  6. 15 min.Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #6
    Check that the meat is well cooked on the outside.
  7. 1 min.Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #7
    Take the skewer out of the oven and slice the meat off downwards, turning the skewer as you cut. The meat will fall onto the worktop.

    If you have used large pieces of meat, you will find the meat is not cooked well enough as you cut towards the middle: coat what is left on the skewer with marinade using a brush and put it back in the oven until the outside is well done again, and so on in stages. This is the principle of the doner kebab.
  8. Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #8
    Serve with chips and yoghurt sauce, either on a plate or in a burger bun or a pitta bread.


Use whatever meat you prefer. Traditionally, lamb is the most usual (I used beef in the photos), and you can even mix different kinds of meat.

If you can't find a ready-made mix of couscous spices, you can make your own from: cumin, coriander (ground), cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and turmeric. Paprika, cloves and caraway are also sometimes used.


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