Home-made doner kebab

Home-made doner kebab
The kebab is a way of cooking meat that originated in the Middle East (the word means grill or grilled meat in different languages). The doner kebab is made up of slices of meat skewered and grilled vertically. The Turkish version is traditionally served with a yogurt and herb sauce in bread and/or with chips; the Greek version is served with salad in pitta bread. Here's how to make one yourself if your oven has both a grill and a rotisserie.
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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Home-made doner kebab
Prepare a marinade by mixing 5 tablespoons olive oil, 2 bayleaves, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon spices for couscous*, salt and pepper.

(* see below)

Stage 2 - 2 hours
Home-made doner kebab
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.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Home-made doner kebab
After this, skewer the meat onto the rotisserie skewer from your oven, laying the slices flat against each other.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Home-made doner kebab
Fit the rotisserie back in the oven and cook under the grill on medium heat.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
Home-made doner kebab
Meanwhile, prepare the yoghurt sauce by mixing 300 g Greek yoghurt, parsley, fresh coriander (cilantro) , 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, salt and pepper.

Stage 6 - 15 min.
Home-made doner kebab
Check that the meat is well cooked on the outside.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Home-made doner kebab
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.

Stage 8
Home-made doner kebab
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.
Once cooked, a few minutes.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,021 Kcal or 12,648 Kj147 gr21 gr261 gr
151 %57 %2 %40 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
244 Kcal or 1,022 Kj12 gr2 gr21 gr
12 %5 %<1 %3 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
503 Kcal or 2,106 Kj25 gr4 gr43 gr
25 %9 %<1 %7 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 9.72 €
  • Per person : 1.62 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Beef Beef : You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Boeuf (beef) bourguignon, Taos hotpot, Carbonnade, Two-stage beef chuck , How to slow cook meat, ... All
Greek yoghurtGreek yoghurt: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Spinach fritters, Spinach and cashew brik rolls, Tzatziki, Light herb sauce, Lebanese-style chickpea salad, ... All
Olive oilOlive oil: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Stuffed tomatoes and courgettes, Turban of sole with langoustines, Mexican ceviche, Quartet of brassicas with cream , Quiche Bretonne, ... All
Garlic cloveGarlic clove: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Penne with purple artichokes, Feta and spinach brik pie, Vegetable tartare, Celeriac and mushroom gratin, Veal Chop With Assortment of Vegetables, ... All
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  • I've actually enjoyed home made doner kebabs many many time, jh. However, to think, I may actually be able to make my own is just wonderful!!! It's spring in the states and May is National Barbecue Month, I know what I'll be grilling...

    Thanks for sharing...
    Posted by Louise may 3rd 2011 at 01:51 n° 1
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