Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gyros- Greek style sandwich


Ohhhh these wraps are good!!! By good, I mean they are finger licking good. This recipe for the vegetarian version of the Greek gyros is adapted from the book called exciting vegetarian cuisine around the world by Asha Khatau. Although the recipe seemed great, I could not help but make a few changes to the recipe to suit my plate and my pantry requirements. 



Traditionally the gyro is made with meat that is cooked in a vertical spit. The cooked meat is then sandwiched between lettuce and vegetables and then topped with tzatziki. The salad and the meat are then placed in  pita bread. But in this vegetarian version, the meat is replaced with Paneer or cottage cheese which is marinated in a mixture of olive oil, garlic and Greek seasoning blend. Since I couldn't find Pita bread nearby, I decided to wrap them in whole wheat rotis. This gave a healthy twist to the Gyros.


The end result was just fantastic. The cottage cheese was soft and juicy with the marinated seasoning and then there were these crunchy vegetables from the salad. The tzatziki complimented the flavors beautifully. What's more?? I would definitely make this version of Gyros again and again. Do give this a try and let me know what you think.
Have a great weekend everyone!!!


Gyros recipe:
Preparation time: 30min+marination time.
Cooking time- 10min
Makes- 4 wraps

Whole wheat tortillas or rotis- 4 large
Lettuce leaves- 4-6
Onion- 1 med, thinly sliced
Shredded Purple or white cabbage- 3tbsp
Tomato- 1 large, chopped fine
Cucumber- 1med, thinly sliced
Tzatziki- 1 cup
Cottage cheese- 200gms, cubed
Greek style seasoning- 3/4tsp (recipe follows)
Garlic- 2 cloves, crushed
Vinegar- 1tsp
Olive oil- 1tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste


For the seasoning blend:
Paprika powder- 3/4tbsp
Cinnamon powder- a pinch
Nutmeg powder- a pinch
Onion powder- 1/2tbsp
Cumin powder- 1/4tsp
Mixed herbs- 1/2tsp
Salt- 1/2tsp
Freshly ground black Pepper- 1tsp

Method:
  • Combine all the ingredients and blend them in a blender or spice grinder to a fine powder and store in an air tight container.
  • Place the cottage cheese in a bowl, and sprinkle half a table spoon of the seasoning mix, crushed garlic, vinegar and olive oil. Mix well set aside for an hour.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat till a little dry. Remove from heat and set aside.

To assemble the gyros:
  • Heat the tortillas or rotis slightly on a hot girdle and place it on a work surface. Place a lettuce leaf in the center of the tortillas and place 3-4 slices of cucumber on the lettuce.
  • Put some sliced onions, cabbage, chopped tomatoes and sprinkle some slat and pepper.
  • Spoon a table spoon of cottage cheese mixture over the sale and top it with tzatziki.
  • Roll up the tortilla into a cone and secure it with a tooth pick.
  • Serve immediately with tzatziki on the side



14 comments :

  1. DELICIOUS...... i loved those wraps......even i make the Indian version of those.. like the paneer kathi rolls. i liked the addition of different exotic spices.......beautifully pictured...

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  2. When I saw the pictures, the opening lines were so apt____they are good oh yes they are dinner licking good :-) soil surely try these

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  3. wow! super yummy warp.. Cannot take my eyes off the pics

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  4. The pictures tell everything! This looks so delicious! I haven't had Gyros for a while, and I can't stop drooling while I read your post. You totally captured readers attention with your amazing photography!

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  5. Incredible photos! First time on your blog and love it :)

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  6. That looks so inviting and really delicious, I love your photos as well :) I found you through #Pinfest :)

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  7. Scrumptious! A wonderful sandwich. So tasty.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. Just made this today and it was DELICIOUS. It was my first time trying out a vegetarian recipe and it turned out great! I used a mix of sweet potatoes and russet potatoes for a savory/sweet balance. Thanks!

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  9. Just made this today and it was DELICIOUS. It was my first time trying out a vegetarian recipe and it turned out great! I used a mix of sweet potatoes and russet potatoes for a savory/sweet balance. Thanks!

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  10. Absolutely stunning images. Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing...!

    Cheers

    Loganayaki

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  11. Thank you so much for this recipe.

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