Amazing, delicious and healthy dip recipe that you can use in your dinner parties. Naturally vegan and gluten free. This is a popular recipe all over Middle East and especially good companion in the Raki dinners as meze. We combine roasted red pepper with roasted walnuts. Then we add pomegranate molasses which can be found in Middle Eastern grocery stores. If you can find please also add pepper paste which is also popular product in Middle Eastern grocery stores. All you need to do is some grilling and mixing ingredients in the food processor. Some ingredients like cumin and tahini is optional, so add these ingredients if you really like them:) If you have grill roast red peppers there or bake them in the oven. You can also buy roasted peppers from the store. If you do not have time to roast walnuts, you can add them raw. It will still be delicious See the recipe below
Mücver is a very popular zucchini patties that we eat as meze at homes and restaurants. It is usually made with fresh dill but my version uses fresh mint and parsley , you can use the herb you like..I actually learned this version from a very popular Greek restaurant in San Francisco , Kokkari.See the recipe below .
Super easy, delicious salad that you can make with can of white beans , of course if you cook beans from scratch , even better .We call this dish “tahinli piyaz”.We make “piyaz” salad with white beans , this version uses Tahini.Naturally vegan and gluten free.. .
Lahmacun is one of the dishes that we out in kebab restaurants. It is not very typical home food since we can find it everywhere easily and cheap. But if there are no kebab restaurants around and want to make it at home , this recipe will give you kebab restaurant taste and quality. We basically mix ground beef with tomato, peppers, onion, garlic, parsley and herbs and add this mix to the dough and cook it in the non-stick pan You can make the mix couple hours ahead You can make the lahmacun into smaller sizes too as mezes
One of my favorite soups that my mom used to make for us. Super delicious, healthy and easy to make. Make sure you use good Greek yoghurt with less amount of water
In Turkey we use yoghurt as part of many sauces. We also cook with yoghurt in different dishes. This cauliflower dish is one of them. We boil cauliflower to soften it little bit and mix it with spring onions, yoghurt sauce topped with cheese and finish it in the oven.
Turkish homes use vegetables more than meat. We also make lots of different vegetable salads. This recipe uses root of the celery with yoghurt sauce combines with walnuts. It is a healthy side dish that you can eat with your main dishes. It is also served as meze. I serve it next to Green Lentil Dish, they combine each other very well and creates a complete nutritious meal.
This is a very easy and delicious stew that incorporates green lentil, orzo and cumin. Orzo is optional but it enhances taste of green lentils. It is one of the popular dishes at Turkish homes because it is very quick to do if you have soaked lentils a night before. We eat it as a main dish with other dishes like root celery salad. It is a protein dish without any need for meat. You can use chicken, meat or vegetable stock when you cook it. Or you can just use plain water and you will still have a delicious and nutritious dish. With plain water or vegetable stock this dish becomes a simple vegan dish.
A very popular traditional Turkish dish that is cooked at every home and in traditional restaurants. This is the most common version which uses lamb but other versions use sucuk (spicy sausage) and pastrami (pastirma) We soak beans a night before to make sure it cooks easier and digestible. We cook bean and meat seperately and mix them together at the end and cook little bit more. Don’t be discouraged long cooking time, this is still a very easy dish. We just need time more than work since cooking beans take time. Bon Appetite
A classical Anatolian Turkish soup that is made with Lentil and Bulgur. This soup has been called Ezo bride soup. According to the story this soup was created by woman called Ezo. Some stories say that she created this soup after she had to eat blunt food in a hospital but there are more romantic stories where they say she had to leave her husband that she loved so much and had to marry somebody else and had to go to live in another town where she was very homesick. In all these stories she is the one who created this soup. It seems that she was also poor but she proved that we can create a very delicious meal out of very cheap ingredients. There are different versions of this soup but I found this version to be most delicious. If you are vegetarian you can use vegetable broth or plain water . If you are not vegetarian you can use bone broth or chicken broth. I first wash red lentils very good. You …