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A Turkish Specialty: Doner Kebab

A Turkish Specialty: Doner Kebab

In the world of sandwich cuisine, the Turkish influence comes about high and mighty with the Doner Kebab sandwich. Not sure what the sandwich is? It’s a classic sandwich that involves meat, veggies, and bread. Not sure what Doner Kebap is? It means “rotating meat”. And it can be any meat -- beef, lamb, chicken. Here are the conventional ingredients for this tasty and savory sandwich.

Origin Story

Sounds like normal Mediterranean food? Because it is. Yet this recipe and subsequent recipes started in Berlin under East German occupation in 1971. It was developed by Mahmut Aygun, a Turkish immigrant who brought his culinary skills and entrepreneurship to establish snack stalls dedicated to Turkish. He devised a plan to serve kebab in a pita wrap, rather than with rice. And thus started a comfort food revolution in Germany.


Here’s a list of ingredients you need to prepare delicious Doner Kebab.


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean veal

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 small onions

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 3/4 cup sheep-milk yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

  • 4 flatbreads normally, but other types of bread are accepted


  • 2 tomatoes

  • 1 cup red cabbage

  • 1 cup cucumber (grated)

  • 1 onion

Wrapping Up

And it wasn’t Germany. Doner Kebap found its way to the “old enemy” of the UK. Doner kebab stands began to replace fish and chips stands in the streets of London. The Doner Kebap itself is an extremely tasty meal to purchase at any stand in the cities of Germany, but it is an example of ingenuity and brilliance coming from unexpected sources.

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