Bangalore rolls out 42.6 m shawarma to break record



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Published — Sunday 23 December 2012

Last update 22 December 2012 10:46 pm

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Students in the Indian city of Bangalore made a 42.6-meter long shawarma roll, producing a world record. The distinct dish of Arab origin was filled with grilled chicken and vegetables and its total weight exceeded 217 kilograms.
The combined effort of students of St. Joseph’s College of Commerce and Wrapz, an international shawarma food chain in Banglore was large enough to be awarded with an entry in the Limca book, a record book of Indian origin. It was also the longest food roll ever lifted. Around 200 students and company chefs participated in the record setting event. “During the last two months, we have been planning, practicing and conducting rehearsals for this event. The students have done a remarkable job by successfully breaking the world records,” said M.A Babu, Wrapz executive director.
The record-setting shawarma was made up of 52 kilograms of chicken 20 kg tomatoes, 28 kg lettuce, 15 kg jalapeno pickles, 20 kg cucumber, 10 kg mayonaise and 72 kg bread, said Kamal Abdul Nasar, Wrapz managing director.
After the shawarma roll was measured and announced as a world record, the roll was sliced, distributed and consumed in the college campus where an eager crowd was ready to eat and to see if the shawarma treat lived up to standards.
Aquila K.S, event coordinator, said, “It was fun filling, rolling and lifting the shawarma and I am really happy to be the part of the team, which has made history.” Shawarma is very popular in Saudi Arabia. The snack is made by alternately stacking strips of fat and pieces of seasoned meat (beef, lamb or marinated chicken) on a stick. An onion, a tomato, or a halved lemon is sometimes placed at the top of the stack for additional flavoring. The meat is roasted slowly on all sides as the spit rotates in front of, or over, a flame for hours.
Thinly sliced cuts of the roasted meat are rolled into a large piece of flat bread or pita that has been steamed or heated. Inside the pita, hummus, tahini, pickles, vegetables, and even French fries can be added.

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