Our chefs just can’t get enough of the warming, aromatic flavors of shawarma. In this hearty vegetarian riff on the dish, they ditch the meat for chickpeas and carrots that are roasted with the same earthy, fragrant spices. It’s all piled into bowls with apricot-studded couscous, roasted bell pepper, tangy pickled shallot, and fresh cilantro. On top, a harissa yogurt sauce adds creamy contrast and smoky, spicy notes.
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Shawarma Spice Blend
Veggie Stock Concentrate
• Adjust racks to middle and top positions and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. • Trim, peel, and cut carrots on a diagonal into ½-inch-thick pieces. Drain, rinse, and pat chickpeas dry with paper towels. Halve, core, and thinly slice bell pepper into strips.
• Toss carrots on a baking sheet with a large drizzle of olive oil, 1 tsp Shawarma Spice, salt, and pepper. • Toss chickpeas on one side of a separate baking sheet with a large drizzle of olive oil, 1 tsp Shawarma Spice (be sure to measure), salt, and pepper. Toss bell pepper on empty side with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. • 4 SERVINGS: Use 2 tsp Shawarma Spice with both carrots and chickpeas.
• Roast carrots on middle rack and chickpeas and bell pepper on top rack until veggies are browned and tender and chickpeas are crispy, 25-30 minutes. • TIP: It’s natural for the chickpeas to pop a bit. Check on your veggies and chickpeas after 20 minutes; if carrots finish first, remove from oven and set aside.
• Meanwhile, halve, peel, and thinly slice shallot. Quarter lemon. Finely chop cilantro. • In a small bowl, combine shallot, juice from half the lemon, a pinch of sugar, and salt. Set aside to pickle. • In a separate small bowl, combine yogurt, sour cream, ¼ tsp garlic powder (you’ll use the rest in the next step), a squeeze of lemon juice, and as much harissa as you like. Add water 1 tsp at a time until mixture reaches a drizzling consistency. Season with salt and pepper. • 4 SERVINGS: Use ½ tsp garlic powder.
• Melt 1 TBSP butter in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add couscous and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, 2-3 minutes. • Add stock concentrate, ¾ cup water, remaining garlic powder, and a big pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until couscous is tender, 6-8 minutes. Keep covered off heat. • 4 SERVINGS: Use 2 TBSP butter and 1½ cups water.
• Once veggies are done, stir apricots into couscous; season with salt and pepper. • Divide couscous between bowls; arrange chickpeas, bell pepper, and carrots on top in separate sections. Drizzle with yogurt sauce. Top with cilantro and as much pickled shallot (draining first) as you like. Halve remaining lemon wedge and serve on the side.