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Vegan Kebab Meat using Quorn (15 mins)

This homemade meatless sandwich made out of Vegan Kebab Meat is a game changer for vegans and vegetarians! So you won’t see the Vegan Kebab Meat rotating on vertical rotisseries like in kebab shops, but this Quorn kebab makes up for it with flavour.


vegetarian shawarma kebabs
Vegan Kebab Meat
Prep: 5 mins Total: 15 mins Yields: 2

This dish is easy, fuss-free, and packed with healthy plant protein using Quorn pieces that don’t make you miss the original meat recipe!


What is a Doner Kebab?

The Turkish city of Bursa is often considered the birthplace of doner kebab made on a vertical skewer. According to Yavuz İskenderoğlu, his grandfather Mr. İskender was the inventor of the doner kebabs roasted on a vertical rotisserie.

Furthermore, Gyros are the Greek take of the same dish while shawarma is a kebab variant prepared from meat and roasted on a horizontal rotisserie. Some people say that what we know as doner kebab is in fact inspired by shawarma making it one of the most popular street foods in the world.

What is Doner Kebab Meat made from>

After grating the onion, taking it into a bowl, add yogurt, olive oil, thyme, red pepper, and black pepper and mix, add the entrecote and knead lightly. Cover the meat and let it rest for at least 12 hours or 24 hours.

Typically, the beef, lamb, or chicken doner is sliced very thinly, stuffed into pita bread with veggies, and served with yogurt, hummus, or tabbouleh.

What is the Vegan Doner Meat alternative?

Of course, I have adapted the recipe using the less fatty vegan Quorn pieces. Albeit it’s not meat, and the texture differs from the original we make up for it in the flavour. You’ll love this version so much that you won’t miss the Turkish takeaway anymore.

​Vegan Doner Kebab Recipe

Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for 2 portions.

FROZEN

  • Quorn Pieces – 200g of frozen Quorn pieces (or use any alternative Vegan Kebab Meat)

VEGGIES

  • Cucumber – a few slices per portion
  • Red Onion – a few slices of red onion separated
  • Tomatoes – 2 sliced tomatoes

SPICES

  • Cumin – 1⁄4 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Turmeric – 1⁄2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • Coriander – 1⁄4 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • Sweet Paprika – 1⁄2 teaspoon of paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper – 1⁄4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon – Pinch of cinnamon

OILS & SAUCES

  • Coconut oil – 1 tsp
  • Lemon Juice – 1 lemon

SIDES & CONDIMENTS

  • Wholemeal pita bread (1 pita/portion)
  • Easy tzatziki (2 tbsp plant-based Yoghurt + 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced)

How to make a vegan kebab meat sandwich

STEP 1 – PREPARING MARINADE

  • Mix the vegan Quorn pieces, lemon juice, and spices in a small bowl, making sure everything is well coated.
  • This can be made in advance and left overnight in the fridge if you wish but not necessary.

STEP 2 – COOK THE VEGAN DONER MEAT

  • In a pan, heat the coconut oil and add the marinated ingredients.
  • Fry on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes.

STEP 3 – ASSEMBLE THE VEGAN DONER KEBAB

  • Now fill your pitta with the Quorn Pieces, onions, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and the Tzatziki.
vegetarian shawarma kebabs

How to serve vegan kebab meat

  • Wholemeal Wrap – As a great on the go alternative, instead of the pita you can put the shawarma in a wrap and roll it into baking paper or aluminum foil.
  • Condiments – As a condiment, you can use a speedy tzatziki-like dressing. Minced garlic with 2 tablespoons of Plant Based Yogurt will serve 2 people.
Quorn Pieces Shawarma Kebabs

Tips

  • Always keep a packet of frozen Quorn pieces in the freezer so you’re never too far away from this delicious fakeaway.
  • There is no need to defrost the Quorn pieces and you can marinade and use them straight from the freezer.

Variations

  • More spicy. Use double the amount of cayenne pepper, cumin and coriander.
  • Slow cooker vegetarian shawarma. Use the same recipe but put all the ingredients in a slow cooker adding some extra water.
  • Extra protein. Add another tin of kidney beans or greek yogurt for extra protein.
  • Packed with veggies. Add a leafy salad or steamed green veggies on the side.
  • Meat recipe. Swap the Quorn pieces for sliced chicken pieces, lamb or beef.
  • Seitan. Replace the Quorn pieces with with Seitan.

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FAQs

Can you freeze the vegan doner kebab?

Yes you can freeze the mix but then assemble in a pita with tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, and dressing before packing or serving.

How long can you keep the vegan doner kebab in the fridge?

The vegan doner kebab mix can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days but assemble the pita with tomatoes, onion, and dressing before packing it up for lunch or before serving.

Can you cook Quorn pieces straight from frozen?

Yes, there is no need to defrost the Quorn mince first.

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Vegan Kebab Meat Sandwich (15 mins)

Caroline Sciberras
A Quorn Kebab Sandwich recipe using Vegan Kebab Meat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Arab, Turkish, Vegan
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 200 grams Quorn pieces
  • ½ cucumber sliced
  • ¼ red onion sliced and separated
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin ground
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric ground
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander ground
  • ½ teaspoon paprika sweet
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 pita
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Plant-Based Yogurt

Instructions
 

PREPARING MARINADE

  • In a small bowl mix the vegan Quorn pieces, lemon juice, and spices, making sure everything is well coated. This can be made in advanceand left overnight in the fridge if you wish but not necessary.
  • This can be made in advance and left overnight in the fridge if you wish but not necessary.

COOK THE QUORN VEGAN DONER KEBAB

  • In a pan, heat the coconut oil and add the marinated ingredients. Fry on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes.

ASSEMBLE THE SANDWICH

  • Now fill your pita with the Quorn pieces, onions, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and the Tzatziki (garlic + yogurt mix).

Notes

WHOLEMEAL WRAP - As a great on the go alternative, instead of the pita you can put the shawarma in a wrap and roll it into baking paper or aluminum foil.
CONDIMENTS - As a condiment, you can use a speedy tzatziki-like dressing. Minced garlic with 2 tablespoons of Plant Based Yogurt will serve 2 people.
Keyword quorn kebab, vegan kebab meat, vegetarian kebab meat

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