Chickpea Shawarma Recipe | @naturallyella

Chickpea Shawarma with Millet

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 2 large portions or 3 to 4 smaller portions 1x



  • Chickpeas
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chickpeas (or 1-15 ounce can, drained and rinsed)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup uncooked millet
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Toppings
  • Flat leaf Parsley
  • Roasted Red Pepper
  • Hummus
  • Feta
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Diced Red Onions


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine minced garlic with spices (cumin through the cayenne pepper). Add in the olive oil and stir until well combined/paste has formed. Stir in the chickpeas and red onions, using a spatula to toss and coat. Transfer chickpeas to a roasting pan and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes until chickpeas are hot and onions are tender.
  3. While chickpeas are cooking, combine millet with 2 cups water and a pinch of salt (see note). Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and let cook until the majority of water as been absorbed (12 to 14 minutes). Cover, remove from heat, and let sit until chickpeas are done (the millet needs a bit of time to absorb any leftover water).
  4. Prepare the toppings you want to use and once chickpeas are done, divide millet, cover with chickpeas, and add your favorite toppings.


*I’ve also used whole spices before. I usually just a touch less of the whole spices and allow them to toast a bit in a dry skillet before grinding.

*Millet can also be toasted before hand. Simply add the millet to the dry pot and over medium-low heat, cook the millet, shaking the pan often, until the millet is fragrant, 5 to 6 minutes.

*These toppings are just a suggestion- tomatoes, cucumbers, and yogurt sauce make nice additions.

*Shawarma spice recipe is from Feasting at Home