The doner kebab (or from Turkish Döner kebab, but seldom döner) is a Turkish dish. A Doner can be made from lamb, chicken or beef. It is cooked on a vertical rotisserie then thinly sliced. When bought from kebab shops it usually comes with salad or french fries.
Doners are often eaten as take-away food on the way home after a night out. There are several common ways in which doner kebabs are served.
- Wrapped in pita bread (the most common)
- On pita bread
- Served as a dish of "doner meat (and maybe chips), typically including salad
- Often preferred to be garnished with a range of sauces such as tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, chili sauce, mint or garlic sauce.
An equivalent dish to a doner kebab is called Iskender Kebab. Iskender is served steaming hot and the doner meat is covered in a tomato purée like sauce. Iskender is more of a delicacy which is served only in Turkish restaurants.
In the UK[change | change source]
Kebabs are very much part of the Friday and Saturday night culture in the UK rather than breakfast or lunchtime food. UK doner kebab often uses a different mixture of spices, because immigrants from Northern Cyprus run many of the shops. They may offer doner, shish (lamb and chicken) and kofte kebabs, with a 'special' including some of each with bread and chips.