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What to Eat in Turkey if You Want to Feel Like You’re in Istanbul

    What to Eat in Turkey if You Want to Feel Like You're in Istanbul

    You may have a delicious lunch that combines sweet and savory tastes by following these genuine and Turkish-inspired dishes.Pickled cherries and eggplant, or cucumbers and yogurt, are just two examples of how the Turkish kitchen experiments with texture and taste by combining seemingly disparate ingredients.Delicious meals may be made with few ingredients, such the Turkish Chickpea & Lamb Soup and the Tomato Dolma with Roasted Eggplant (Köz Patlicanli Domates Dolmasi).

    1. Circassian chicken

    Circassian chicken

    Traditional Circassian cuisine originated in the North Caucasus, an area that has been ruled by the Ottoman and Persian empires.Originally a main course, this chicken stew recipe with a creamy walnut sauce has found its way into the mezze repertoire.Spread on toast and serve at room temperature.

    2. Tomato Dolma with roasted eggplant

    tomato Dolma with roasted eggplant

    Dolma, or stuffed vegetables, are a staple food from the Mediterranean to Central Asia.Tender ground beef is complemented with eggplant and onions in this simple dish.You may use the stuffed tomatoes as an appetizer or a main course.meal that has interesting contrasts in texture and taste.Tomato dolma with roasted eggplant (Köz Patlicanli Domates Dolmasi) and Turkish chickpea and lamb soup are two delicious dishes you can make at home.

    3. Lamb and walnut gul borek

    lamb and walnut gul borek

    Infused with the sweetness of sautéed onions and sun-dried tomatoes, these gul, or rose-shaped, pastries are savory.As the phyllo dough is being brushed with olive oil, a little amount of vinegar is added to keep the dough malleable and make it easier to coil.

    4. Lahmacun

    Lahmacun

    Lahmacun, which is often misidentified as a “Turkish pizza,” is really unrelated to the Italian staple.Dough is rolled out thin and crisp, then filled with minced meat that has been seasoned, and finished with a lemon squeeze and chopped parsley.

    5. Kebap

    Kebap

    Adana and Urfa kebap (spicy and non-spicy hand-kneaded seasoned lamb meat roasted on skewers), Beyti kebap (ground beef or lamb kebap, wrapped in lavaş bread and served with yogurt and tomato sauce), and şiş kebap (grilled eggplant kebap) are just a few of the various types of kebap (skewered and grilled seasoned cubes of lamb or chicken meat).

    6. Karabuda Köfte

    Karabuda Köfte

    Meatballs are dipped in an egg and flour batter and then fried in a separate method of making the famed köfte.

    7. Kuzu Tandir

    Kuzu Tandir

    Kuzu tandr, originally cooked by roasting lamb in a tandr (a clay oven in the ground), is now customarily prepared with highly delicate meat and eaten with iç pilav (rice with nuts, diced liver and currants).

    8. Pide

    Pide

    Pide is delicious baked dough in the form of a boat loaded with a variety of ingredients such ground pork, spinach, eggs, sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage), and kuşbaş (small cubes of seasoned veal meat).

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