BM# 68-Cooking Carnival: Day 19
Theme of Week 4: Bread based Street Foods
Dish: Vegetarian Doner Kebab

Today have a vegetarian version of Turkish meat based dish. It’s called Doner kebab and is typically made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. This vegetarian version is made with thinly sliced homemade seitan. I have the seitan recipe at the end of the post.

Doner kebab

I am least prepared with this week’s posts. I had a list of dishes that I wanted to make, but even that keeps changing because of lack of time. I had another pita bread based sandwich thought out for today, but then found this Vegan Doner kebab video and decided to try it instead. Doner Kebabs are quite popular in Turkey, Middle East and even in Europe.

My seitan kebabs are vegan but I put Greek yogurt on top, so it is only partially vegan. Homemade seitan is very easy to make if you have vital wheat gluten on hand. This steamed seitan recipe is from Viva Vegan cookbook and is very simple to make. If making it at home seems tedious, then use store bought seitan. I think tempeh would probably work well in this recipe.

Doner kebab

Seitan is thinly sliced and marinated with onion and spices. This can be done an hour to 1 day in advance. The marinated seitan is cooked until golden, then served wrapped in a flatbread along with tomato, cucumber, lettuce and yogurt sauce.

Vegetarian Doner Kebab

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Vegetarian Doner Kebab recipe -- this is a popular Turkish meat based kebab. In this vegetarian version, kebab is made with homemade seitan (recipe included) and then sandwiched in a pita pocket with fresh veggies.


  • Cuisine: turkish
  • Course: sandwich
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 20 mins


For Doner Kebabs:
1 Recipe for Seitan, very thinly sliced (recipe follows)
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1 tbsp Lemon juice
2 tbsps Olive Oil + more for cooking
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Curry powder
1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
To taste Salt
For the Sandwich:
4 Pita Bread
1 Ripe Tomato, chopped
1 Small Cucumber, chopped
1 cup Lettuce, chopped
Yogurt-Tahini Sauce:
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp Tahini Sauce
2 tsps Lemon juice
To taste Salt and Pepper
1 clove Garlic , finely minced


    Make Doner Kebebs:
  1. Pulse the onions in a food processor or blender into a mush. Remove into a bowl and add lemon juice and olive oil. Mix well.
  2. Next add all the dry spices (from ground cumin through salt in the ingredient list) and mix well. This is the marinade for the seitan.
  3. Place the thinly sliced seitan in the marinade and set aside for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  4. Heat 2tbsp oil in a skillet, add the marinated seitan and cook till nicely golden on both sides.

    Make Yogurt-Tahini Sauce:
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Add a splash of water to make the sauce pourable. Set aside until ready to sue.

    Make Sandwich:
  1. Cut a little bit of the top of the pita bread and open up the pocket to make space for the fillings.
  2. Place the doner kebab slices, tomato, cucumber, lettuce in the pocket and drizzle with some yogurt sauce. Serve right away.

Doner kebab

Steamed Seitan Recipe

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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Vegetarian Doner Kebab recipe -- this is a popular Turkish meat based kebab. In this vegetarian version, kebab is made with homemade seitan (recipe included) and then sandwiched in a pita pocket with fresh veggies.


  • Cuisine: american
  • Style of Preparation: Vegan
  • Course: main course
  • Cooking Technique: Steaming
  • Preparation Time: 15 mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins


3/4 cup Vital Wheat Gluten
2 tbsps Besan (Chickpea flour)
3/4 cup Cold Vegetable Broth
2 cloves Garlic , finely minced
1 tbsp Soy sauce
2 tbsps Tomato paste
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsps Nutritional Yeast
1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
1/4 tsp Ground Cumin


  1. In a measuring cup, whisk together the broth, garlic, soy sauce, tomato paste and olive oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine vital wheat gluten, chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, oregano and cumin. Pour the liquid ingredients in the center and stir with a spatula until the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough for 2~3 minutes to develop the gluten.
  3. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes; knead again for 30 seconds.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces using a sharp knife and lightly knead each piece a few times.
  5. Place the dough in the center of a 12″ square aluminum foil. Fold the sides of the foil over the dough, then fold over the ends. The foil should be secure but there should be some loose space around the dough to all the dough to expand after steaming. Repeat with the other piece of dough.
  6. Place the wrapped dough in a steamer basket and steam for 30 minutes. Allow the dough to cool to the touch before chilling in the fridge for an hour or overnight.
  7. Seitan can be stored in the fridge, tightly sealed in a ziploc back or airtight container for 2 weeks or it can be frozen for longer storage.

12 thoughts on “Vegetarian Doner Kebab Sandwich (with Seitan)”

  1. I have never tried seitan before and I think you have introduced the most unusual ingredients in this series for me 🙂 This looks like something my husband would love.

  2. looks lie a longish process, but yummy no doubt ! my husband keeps talking about this store in NYC / Manhattan which serves these yummy vegan / veg doner kebabs – will probably make this and surprise him :-)) Sietan— now thats something I will need a substitute for….

  3. wow kudos.. and I totally agree with vegan and partial vegan. I do that often. I prepare it as vegan but towards the end either add ghee if its indian or some yogurt and make it partially vegan.. lol

  4. Doner kebab sandwich is a filling. I didn’t know seitan can be easily made at home. Though I don’t use it much in my cooking, I have seen it a lot in the stores.

  5. I have bought seitan wanting to explore it just as much as I use tofu. Unfortunately, it is just being used in whole wheat bread! This recipe is inspiring me to make something delicious. Your sandwich looks really delicious.

  6. It looks like you share my list Pavani, you have covered all the dishes that I have been wanting to make..I had this on list when I was doing Kebab Mela..:)

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