It was not too long ago when I decided to stop by a local fast food place called Golden Gyros because I had a craving for a great gyro, and this place got great reviews. The only other places are in downtown Milwaukee, of which I do not want to drive to just to get a gyro. So when I went into this small place, it was packed with people ordering food. As my default decision was to go for the gyro, others were ordering the chicken shawarma. As I went to order, I was almost drawn in to ordering the chicken, but then the gyro platter spilled out of my mouth. A good decision to say the least, and now they are probably my favorite in town, but I could not get the shawarma off of my mind. That’s when I decided to come up with the spice blend and make it my own.
This stuff is really delicious and adds just the right earthiness to any Middle Eastern meal. I’ve been using this on chicken and beef and everyone loves it.
Let’s get started.
- 1 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp all spice
- 1 tbsp black peppercorns
- 3 whole star anise
- 1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Add the cumin seeds and black peppercorns to a small skillet and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes. Stir along the way.
Next, add everything to a spice grinder, and grind until you have a fine powder.
Sprinkle this on chicken, beef, vegetables, or lamb, heck even fish before cooking on the grill or oven.
If you can imagine all of those spices mixed together, geez the aroma alone is awesome. Store in an air tight container and use throughout any grilled recipes. Hope you enjoy!