The Healthy Doner Kebab

Research has acknowledged that the doner kebab is a very unhealthy option. But we have come up with a home made recipe that you can make yourself. Here is our healthy version of the all-famous doner kebab.

Doner Kebab

So how can we make doner part of our healthy eating regime? Pretty simply, make it yourself.

When it comes to healthy eating, a doner kebab from the local takeaway is a complete no no. It is estimated that a doner takeaway contains, on average, an entire wine glass of cooking fat. Consuming two doners a week will almost certainly induce a heart attack in 10 years.

But even after reading about the health risks and questionable ingredients of doner over the years (see our DESIblitz article, Doner Kebab-what’s in them?), it remains a favourite for many across the UK.

Lamb meat itself is actually quite healthy, more so you’ll find than battery-farmed chicken, because animals are raised in an organic and ethical environment.

Lamb Doner They live in open grass fields and graze freely without having to consume hormone induced feeds. Therefore, the meat is more succulent and natural for your body, without any harmful chemicals.

The only problem with the takeaway dish is the way in which manufacturers reprocesses lamb meat and a lot of other meat cuts into something that is almost unrecognisable.

In takeaways, doner can be anything from beef, offal and even pork. Because of this, you can never be too sure of what it is you are eating – or if it is any good for your body.

So how can we make doner part of our healthy eating regime? Pretty simply, make it yourself.

Doner MeatAnything you make yourself at home is more likely to be far healthier than anything you buy outside.

That is because you know exactly what you’re putting into the dish, and 9 times out of 10, you won’t be using chemical preservatives or ingredients that food manufacturers use to make food last longer.

We have a pretty basic recipe of a do-it-yourself doner that you can tweak to your Desi tastebuds. You can even add extra chilli for a bigger zing. We take doner back to its lamb roots for a tastier and far healthier option.

Healthy Doner Kebab

Ingredients:

  •  400g lean minced lambDoner Kebab
  • ½ onion, roughly chopped
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • 1tsp plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 4 pitta breads (white or wholemeal)
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove (crushed)
  • Squeeze of lemon, Salad leaves, yoghurt and mint to finish

Method:

  1. Pre-heat grill to a medium or high heat.
  2. Line a flat lamington pan (28cm x 8cm) with greaseproof paper. Oil the paper lightly.
  3. Put lamb mince, onion, coriander, cumin, egg, flour, garlic, salt and black pepper into a food processor. Blitz together until smooth.
  4. Take the mixture and press into the pan evenly.
  5. Put the pan under the grill until lightly brown. This might take 4-5 minutes.
  6. Drain excess liquid then take out onto a wooden board.
  7. Take off the paper on the underside – and return to pan (sealed-side down)
  8. Grill for another 2 to 3 minutes until the lamb is cooked through.
  9. Once cooked, slice into thin strips and then fill inside a pita bread.
  10. Add lemon, salad yoghurt and mint to complete.

Making doner at home is very easy – and can definitely be a healthy part of your lifestyle. Its pros over the takeaway version are that everything used above is natural, and they are ingredients that you use in your everyday cooking, minus the unnecessary fat.

So why give up on one of the nation’s favourite food dishes? Make doner kebab healthy for you and enjoy your late Saturday nights once more!

Aisha an English literature graduate, is a keen editorial writer. She adores reading, theatre, and anything arts related. She is a creative soul and is always reinventing herself. Her motto is: “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”

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