Years ago, when I first saw the schworma – meat on a rotiserrie, I got a knot in my stomach. I was about 2 feet away from the place looking at the only food option available at 8 PM in middle of -1 centigrade cold freezing night. Place – Ludwika, Sweden. My colleague who could put crawling insects in his mouth as food, understood my apprehension and said – it is a delicacy for those who eat meat, others are not fed until they ask for it. You ask what you want here.I looked around and saw everyone had their plates full of meat steaks and french fries. So I ordered french fries.The waiter served them with a small cup of white sauce. The year was 2001, cream cheese dip was not a household option back then so it did not struck me. I did not look at the sauce and kept to my fries alone. My colleague happily took my share of sauce to smother his meat. After 30 straight days of french fries for lunch and dinner, I asked the server, what is the sauce called- and whether he had a tomato ketchup. The waiter said in an arabic soudning tone – “Kebab sauce” eat it , mayo and garlic and cheese- yummy. I took that cup and dipped into using a finger…I was sold…the garlic, was something I missed the most. I kept wondering why kabab was called as Kebab and why we never served our kababs with this deliciously creamy white sauce ever… It was everywhere after that…..on pizzas, in wraps, on roasted chicken, raosted potatoes inside burgers …everywhere and I was never tired of it…. I even warmed up to the thought of schwarma, though I never had any meat outside of India easily, I accepted that it is someone’s food. I learnt how difficult it was to get the right slice of meat ripped off at the right time. For the buffet on your table…we are starting with our 3rd week and it is condiments…the right opportunity to share something like this..
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tspn garlic powder
1 tbsp cream cheese (optional)
1 tbsp lemon juicesalt to taste
1) Blend all the ingredients together and store in a air tight container. Use this on sandwiches, wraps or to dip some finger food