Oumph vegan kebabs

Kebabs are England’s fourth favourite takeaway (after pizza, Chinese and Indian food). From the Turkish word for cut-up pieces of meat, those of us who don’t eat meat often feel sick seeing spits roasting pieces of meat. But whether you are vegan, vegetarian or a meat-eater, try some of these plant-based offerings for some if not all of the time. The lambs will thank you! Salt is toxic to pets and birds, so don’t give leftovers.

Oumph is a Swedish food brand that uses sustainabe European-grown soy to create vegan kebabs and other goodies. These spicy offerings are nice with veggies and sauce, served in a flatbread or pita.

Vivera vegan kebabs

Vivera offers good Greek-style vegan kebabs, which you can find in most shops. Easy to fry in a few minutes, serve with potatoes and red peppers.

how to make your own vegan kebabs

vegab kebabs

These vegan kebabs (Loving it Vegan) are made with fresh veggies and tofu, marinated in a tasty sauce and grilled to perfection.

Before cooking, read up on food safety for people & pets (many human foods are unsafe around animal friends).

beyond beef skewers

These vegan beef kebabs use Beyond Meat beef, but you can sub with any vegan beef you can find in shops, if not sold locally. Serve with pita bread and vegan tzatziki.

vegan kebab sandwich

This kebab sandwich (Ele Vegan) is made with marinated jackfruit and served with salad veggies and a tangy vegan garlic yoghurt sauce. Also try her vegan gyros with homemade tzatziki.

vegan gyros

where to buy takeaway vegan döner kebabs!

what the pitta

What the Pitta? is England’s first chain of vegan döner kebab restaurants! The idea came about when the founder went vegan and then lamanted the lack of choice in vegan takeaways. When a friend mentioned a relative had a popular vegan kebab shop in Germany, they visited the shop and were so wowed by the taste, they decided to bring back the recipe and 2 weeks later, a small outlet had opened. Today there are outlets in London (Brick Lane & Camden), Brighton and Manchester, with fans including Irish chefs and superstar footballers.

The range is 100% vegan and sold in eco-friendly packaging like bagasse and wood utensils and easy-to-recycle paper bags. Staff are trained to conserve energy/water and cooking oil is repurposed to make biofuel. The menu includes:

  • Döner kebabs made with GM-free soy in freshly-made bwraps with salad, hummous, vegan tzatsiki & peppers
  • Paprika spice chips, with sauce of your choice
  • Spicy ‘no chicken’ pieces with salad & fries
  • Homemade falafel wraps with chilli sauce
  • Falafel bowls with salad & creamy hummus

vegan munch Shawrma

Vegan Munch (Birmingham) offers soy-based kebabs that are marinated with authentic Turkish doner spices, and served in a wrap filled with salad, chillies, onion and tzatziki sauce.

Seitan’s Kebab (Manchester) offers vegan street food to the masses at affordable prices. Seitan is a ‘wheat-meat’ that has been eaten for thousands of years. It looks and tastes just like meat. The flatbread are made by a local Lebanese bakery, and all items are served with fresh salad, and a homemade garlic sauce.

the debate about halal (and Kosher) meat

Prince Khaled bin alwaleed

If you visit a kebab house, there is a possibiity that the meat may be Halal. This (and Jewish) meat is from animals that are not stunned, in compliance with religious law. Religious tolerance is one thing. But welfare experts at Compassion in World Farming say animals do suffer, and want it banned. Of course the solution is obvious. You can go plant-based whether you’re Muslim or Jewish. One Arab Vegan is one of the most popular recipe blogs, and its founder is a committed vegan – and Muslim. And Prince Khaled bin alwaleed (above) is so passionate about the lifestyle, he invests in plant-based businesses (and many vegan cookbook authors are Jewish).

The law is also a mess. CIWF say that in fact, many meats sold as Halal are stunned (so not compliant anyway) and they want such meat only sold in certain stores, yet many supermarkets now sell it (and don’t label it). So people often unwittingly buy Halal meat, when they don’t want it.

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