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Dec 17, 2007 05:26 PM

Doner Kebab garlic sauce?


I was in the UK this fall and have an unbelievable craving for a doner kebab! The one I had in Broadstairs had an AMAZING garlic sauce, but it was not Tzaziki...
Does anyone have a recipe for the turkish garlic sauce I may have had?

My tummy will thank you!

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  1. Probably toom/tum (pronounced TOOM.)

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    1. re: JFores

      I though toom was Lebanese, not Turkish....

      1. re: limster

        It is, but these places aren't exactly authentic.

        1. re: limster

          The Lebanese have a very similar dish called "donair", so it would make sense that there would be some crossover in sauces.

        2. re: JFores

          I know this is old, but, since I'm reading this I assume other people do too.

          TOOM means GARLIC in Arabic. THAT'S IT.

          So it's probably not TOOM. My grandmother was Lebanese & I lived in Morocco and you ask for TOOM at the soukmarket and that is GARLIC.

        3. Turkish doners would normally come with either a harissa based sauce or some variant on the hummus theme. Other than those, I'm unsure what it might have been,. Could you please try to describe what it looked/tasted like?

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          1. re: Brit on a Trip

            Sounds like Ms Susan is talkign about the white sauce you get in kebab houses. My local one does a great one and when I asked the chef how he did it, he muttered something about mixing mayo with yogurt and garlic....Susan next time I go in I'll ask for exact recipe and if they give it, i'll post it..let me know I'm on the right lines with this one! There's also chilli sauce which comes with tomatoes, herbs and garlic as well....

            1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

              Assuming it is the "white sauce", I think you're right - sounds like maybe a standard aioli to which yogurt's been added. Bet it comes out of a big jar.

              1. re: Brit on a Trip

                Hardly 'rocket science' to make a similar sauce.

              2. re: DietStartsTomorrow

                Either recipe woul be WONERFUL! I am STILL craving! lol! Thanks dietstartstomorrow!

              3. re: Brit on a Trip

                EEWW who wants mashed chickpeas on their Donar Kebab. Also, why is everybody talking about TURKISH Kebab anyway? She was in the UK so the Kebab experience was probably Asian/MidEast - not Turkish.

                Those Kebab sauces are creamy garlic & tumeric spiced yogart and/or mayonnaise. The color is similar to hummus - but it's not hummus

                ALSO I've NEVER seen a doner kebab come with a harissa based sauce, that is PIRI PIRI red and HOT.

                Doner Kebabs come with garlic sauce.

              4. I've been on a mission attempting to find that garlic sauce myself, after a trip to Ireland this spring. (I had morning sickness during the trip and doner kebabs with that garlic sauce was about the only thing I had any appetite for!) This is all I've found so far, I haven't yet had a chance to try any of the recipes.

       (below the meat recipe)
       (in the beginning of the instructions)

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                1. re: chamois

                  I have a very similar recipe but it also has buttermilk included. It's used for crab salads. One has to be careful with the amounts of garlic... it can get a bit nasty if there's too much.

                  1. re: chamois

                    First one sounds about RIGHT! Thanks chamois!

                  2. You can also try this yogurt garlic sauce which is often served with doner kebab. This one is healthy too as it does not have mayonnaise or oil


                    Some variations add a hint of basil or parsley to this sauce