Homemade Spice Mixes ~ Shoarma

United States
March 15, 2008 12:52pm CST
Shoarma is a spice mix that my hubby has used quite often. Being from Holland it is a favorite dish there. It is one that my family truly enjoys too. The spices are a mixture of flavors that compliments beef especially well. We usually buy the spices online or have one of our friends send us a care package from the Netherlands. A few months back my brother gave us a venison roast to prepare for him. His wife doesn't care for venison and my hubby was thrilled to fix it for my brother for dinner. He rubbed Shoarma spice onto the roast and put it in the Big George rotisserie for 2 hours. The flavor was spectacular. My brother said that he would let my hubby cook the next one too. Having invited my brother, his wife and daughter for dinner yesterday, we hoped that the care package my hubby's daughter is sending us from Holland would arrive in time to prepare the roast. She promised Shoarma spices. Not being one to trust the mail, I headed to the pc to see if I could find a recipe online for the spice mix. I found one on Recipezaar and decided to give it a try. With list of ingredients in hand I headed for our local healthfood store. They sell bulk spices at this store. The total for the spices was $2.60. Once home we checked the mail, no care package. So I set myself to the task of preparing the spice mix. I carefully measured out all of the ingredients and placed them in a container. Shook them well, and removed the lid for a quick sniff. It did indeed smell like the Shoarma spice that we normally use. The only problem was, I forgot the ground cayenne pepper. Hubby lightly salted the venison and rubbed the spice over the roast. It was placed on the rotisserie and it cooked for 2 hours. The aroma was heavenly. Those that ate the venison said it was good, but not the same as the last roast my hubby made using the packaged spices. Next time I make the spice I will definately add the cayenne and salt the meat a little more. Here is the recipe for the spice and a link to the recipe that I found on Recipezaar. 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon ground coriander 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1/2 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon http://www.recipezaar.com/44858 Enjoy!
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9 responses
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Well, I had never heard of Shoarma before and I am excited to give this rub a try! I think I have everything on hand except for the cumin (used the last of it in tacos) Do you use this on things other than red meat roasts? I was wondering how it might be on pork chops or chicken. I will often buy an eye round as my son can not tolerate fats - and the eye round has a tendency to be tough because it is so lean - slow cooking with this rub may be just the answer we need.
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• United States
20 Mar 08
It is great on chicken and pork. Hubby made chicken with it a couple of days ago and it was great!
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
3 Dec 08
thank you, elusive, for the best response as well as the information.
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
19 Mar 08
That sounds delicious elusive. It's similar to an Indonesian spice mix I use. There is the addition of finely chopped onion and peanut butter made into a paste with the spices and rubbed onto chicken thigh pieces and let rest for an hour. Then the whole thing is cooked in coconut milk. So delicious. Is your recipe rub just for beef and venison? Would you recommend it for roast pork, lamb or chicken?
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• United States
20 Mar 08
I recommend it for any of those meats Ms. It would be great on lamb!
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
16 Mar 08
I have never heard of shoarma & I dont eat venison. But I love spices. I looked at the combination you used. They are all ingredients I love & can easily buy. If you say it goes well with beef, then I could use it on my next beef roast.
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• United States
20 Mar 08
Hubby made a roast beef tonight and used the last of the spice mix on it. It came out really well. Even our 7 year old grandson loved it.
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
16 Mar 08
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I'm going to make some up for the next time my husband wants to fire up his rotisserie. We've been using dry rubs and marinades, and it will be great to try something new. This looks like a very interesting combination.
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• United States
16 Mar 08
When I read the recipe I was a bit reluctant to try it because of the cinnamon. But, once it was mixed I realized that the aroma was similar to the packaged mix that we normally have on hand. I really is savory and delicious.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I have never eaten venison, Elusive, but that recipe and description of the finished product certainly got my mouth watering. I like to experiment with new recipes, so since you said it goes well with beef I will try it.
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• United States
15 Mar 08
Hope you enjoy it. Even my kids like it!
• United States
22 Mar 08
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing new ideas and spices from various countries and lifestyles. It's always great to try something new.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 Mar 08
This sounds very good. I have most of the spices, just the first two I would have to buy. This is an interesting co-insidence. On 3/14/08 I cooked venison chili. My brother had given us venison hamburger. I had to really, really extend it, so sauce, beans and over rice or corn bread (I made both, my husband insists on rice and my brother on corn bread). I'm always looking for new ways with spices, so this is great. Thank you very much and take care.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
I will have to try it it sounds wonderful
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@GardenGerty (101631)
• United States
16 Mar 08
It does sound really great. I think I would use this blend. I do not think of Holland as being the place to find such a savory blend. Good story as well.