Home-Based Food Business Idea: Recipe for Shawarma

Originally from the Middle East, shawarma has become a popular food choice in the Philippines because of its distinct taste suitable to the Pinoy tastebud and affordable price. This food consists of thinly sliced cuts of meat with hummus, tahini, cheese, vegetables and even french fries rolled into a large piece of pita bread.

In the Philippines, shawarma stands can be seen in public places like schools, supermarkets, malls  and even in bazaars. Although there are many shawarma brands you can franchise, making a home-made shawarma for your business can also be an option.

By cyclonebill (Shawarma) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Here’s a simple recipe for your home-based shawarma business.


  • 2 kilos beef or chicken, sliced very thinly
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 slices pita bread
  • sliced tomatoes
  • sliced onions
  • lettuce, sliced thinly


  1. In a bowl, combine yoghurt, lemon juice, pepper sauce, vinegar, onion, black and cayenne pepper, mace and salt.
  2. Add meat to the mixture then marinate overnight.
  3. After marinating for at least 12 hours, stir the meat for a few times.
  4. Grill the meat until done. You may also broil it in oven.
  5. To make the tahini sauce, combine parsley, lemon juice, tahini and garlic. Whisk well and add water if necessary.
  6. Open a pita and spread some tahini sauce on it. Add lettuce, tomato, onion and meat.
  7. Make sure to place enough meat on pita so that it will cover 1/4 of of the loaf.
  8. Roll it like a soft taco or burrito.
  9. Pour on a little tzatziki for extra flavor.

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