Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

Shawarma, one of the most popular Middle Eastern street food that is usually stuffed with grilled meat, a cooling sauce and some tomatoes and onions. So for Day 3, for my alphabet C, I made the vegetarian version of this very popular street food. Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich, is made with roasted chickpeas and topped with a tahini yogurt sauce and a simple chopped vegetable salad.

This was our weekend lunch and the boys could not stop eating the roasted chickpeas. I had only roasted 2 cans of chickpeas and they had already finished half of it snacking. To finish the wrap, I had to make another batch of the roasted chickpeas. I had plans to make my own pita, but the time got the best out of me and I had to use the store bought pitas.


Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

I used some whole wheat pitas as well as the regular white pitas. Instead of just using sliced onions and tomatoes, I made some chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and parsley.

The sauce just takes the wrap to the next level. Do not skip on the sauce. Just plain yogurt or sour cream would not make up for the flavor of the sauce. It cools down the wrap as well as gives it the much needed light bite. I used tahini, Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and parsley for the sauce. We could use sour cream or even regular yogurt instead of Greek Yogurt.

The sandwich was so delicious that I had to make a second batch of almost everything. Just as an head’s up, make sure you make enought of everything. The leftovers stores very well for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator, if they manage to remain that long.

Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

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Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

 

Preparation time – 15 minutes
Cooking time – 20 minutes
Difficulty level – Easy
Recipe adapted from – Minimalist Baker

Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

Ingredients to make Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich – Serves 4

To Make the Spiced Chickpeas –

  • Chick peas – 2 cans (15 oz cans, drained and rinsed)
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste (watch if the chickpeas has salt in it)

To make the Tahini Yogurt Sauce –

  • Tahini – 1/4 cup
  • Greek yogurt – 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice – 3 tbsp
  • Garlic – 1 large clove
  • Parsley – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper – to taste

To make the Salad –

  • Cucumber – 1 cup (finely chopped)
  • Tomato – 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  • Red onion – 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
  • Parsley – 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper – to taste

To Assemble the Chickpeas Shawarma Wrap –

  • Pita bread – 4 (cut in half)
  • Roasted chickpeas – refer to recipe below
  • Tahini Yogurt Sauce – refer to recipe below
  • Chopped Salad – refer to recipe below

Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

Procedure to make Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich –

To make the Spiced Chickpeas –

  • Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas well in running water. Place the rinsed chickpeas in between layers of kitchen towel and dry them.
  • Place the dried chickpeas in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and spread it on a foiled lined baking sheet.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 F and roast the chickpeas for about 15 to 20 minutes until crisp and crunchy. Make sure to shake and mix the chickpeas once in 5 minutes for even cooking.
  • Keep this aside until ready to assemble.

Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

To make the Tahini Yogurt Sauce –

  • Blend all the ingredients together.
  • Adjust the consistency by adding a little bit of water if needed.
  • Check the seasonings and adjust based on your taste.

Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

To make the Salad –

  • Chop all the ingredients and combine them in the bowl. Add the salt and pepper needed and mix well.
  • The salad is now ready to assemble.

To Assemble the Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich –

  • I used store bought pita bread to make the sandwich/wrap. Warm the pita for about 15 seconds in the microwave and then cut them in half.
  • Open the pita to form a pocket and then stuff it with roasted spice chickpeas and the salad.
  • Drizzle the Tahini Yogurt Sauce and serve immediately.

Notes and Observation –

  • This works great as a weeknight meal. All the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time and kept until ready to assemble.
  • Pita can be opened up as a pocket and stuffed inside or can just be used as a wrap.
  • The ingredients can also be served as a salad in a bowl. In that case, we could use slice pita pieces along with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. We could also add some Tabbouleh to the blend.

Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

 

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Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

Course Main Course
Cuisine Arabian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

To Make the Spiced Chickpeas -

  • Chick peas - 2 cans 15 oz cans, drained and rinsed
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste watch if the chickpeas has salt in it

To make the Tahini Yogurt Sauce -

  • Tahini - 1/4 cup
  • Greek yogurt - 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice - 3 tbsp
  • Garlic - 1 large clove
  • Parsley - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper - to taste

To make the Salad -

  • Cucumber - 1 cup finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Red onion - 1/4 cup finely chopped
  • Parsley - 2 tbsp finely chopped
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper - to taste

To Assemble the Chickpeas Shawarma Wrap -

  • Pita bread - 4 cut in half
  • Roasted chickpeas - refer to recipe below
  • Tahini Yogurt Sauce - refer to recipe below
  • Chopped Salad - refer to recipe below

Instructions

To make the Spiced Chickpeas -

  1. Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas well in running water. Place the rinsed chickpeas in between layers of kitchen towel and dry them.
  2. Place the dried chickpeas in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and spread it on a foiled lined baking sheet.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 400 F and roast the chickpeas for about 15 to 20 minutes until crisp and crunchy. Make sure to shake and mix the chickpeas once in 5 minutes for even cooking.
  4. Keep this aside until ready to assemble.

To make the Tahini Yogurt Sauce -

  1. Blend all the ingredients together.
  2. Adjust the consistency by adding a little bit of water if needed.
  3. Check the seasonings and adjust based on your taste.

To make the Salad -

  1. Chop all the ingredients and combine them in the bowl. Add the salt and pepper needed and mix well.
  2. The salad is now ready to assemble.

To Assemble the Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich -

  1. I used store bought pita bread to make the sandwich/wrap. Warm the pita for about 15 seconds in the microwave and then cut them in half.
  2. Open the pita to form a pocket and then stuff it with roasted spice chickpeas and the salad.
  3. Drizzle the Tahini Yogurt Sauce and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • This works great as a weeknight meal. All the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time and kept until ready to assemble.
  • Pita can be opened up as a pocket and stuffed inside or can just be used as a wrap.
  • The ingredients can also be served as a salad in a bowl. In that case, we could use slice pita pieces along with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.
  • We could also add some Tabbouleh to the blend.

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23 thoughts on “Chickpea Shawarma Wrap | Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwich

  1. Wow, delicious wrap Sandhya. Those roasted chickpeas looks so irresistible, now i know why the boys finished half of it 🙂 . Guess the chickpeas gives nice crunchiness to the wrap and on top tahini and fresh salad ,omg, it sounds so delicious. Great share, bookmarked to try !!!

  2. What a filling and nutritious meal this is Sandhya. Roasted chickpeas are quite addictive and I’m sure they made for a delicious shawarma filling. AND that garlic-tahini-yogurt sauce is my favorite too.

  3. Omg !! such an amazing alternative for people who follow a vegetarian diet like me .. No doubt your boys finished the roasted chickpeas they looking so addictive sandhya, and you have so much patience to make a second batch kudos to you 🙂 .. Wonderful presentation and I love the way you used those stands.. So many elements put together so well .. The salad, the tahini in the pita must have made it a delectable !!

  4. Such a nutritious and super filling wrap, cant take my eyes from those fabulous chickpeas, highly irresistible they are. Am sure my meat loving kids will definitely fell in love with this shawarma.

  5. Awesome Sandhya, I love what you have made today..though I always get upset that only nonveg get to enjoy those delicious shawarma, you have made a sinful veg option!..great one..

  6. A very healthy and filling shawarma sandwich. I wish restaurants would give us this veggie version. I had once made roasted chickpeas and hubby didn’t like them so I guess I’d probably make spicy boiled ones.

  7. Wow sandhya, what an wholesome meal, carbs and protein! Love how you have made it interesting with roasted chickpeas, i bet they all together with that yogurt dressing must be tasting awesome!!!

  8. Those Chickpeas look amazing… I have never thought of roasting chickpeas! What a clever idea for a delicious family dinner or for a snack while watching the football

  9. I’ve made roasted chickpeas numerous of times, as a snack, but I have never thought of using them as a filling for shawarma. Wow, I just love this idea!

  10. I love a good shawarma wrap! I also LOVE chickpeas so this is the perfect combination of the two! Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe.

  11. Absolutely gorgeous!! I agree with you, the tahini sauce is the only way to go. This recipe is easy and looks so delicious!

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