Turkish Cuisine

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The food of Turkey is the continuation of Ottoman cuisine, which in turn borrowed many elements from Central Asian, Caucasian, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Greek and Balkan cuisines. Turkish cuisine has in turn influenced those and other neighbouring cuisines, including those of Central and Western Europe. The Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Levantine cuisines, along with traditional Turkic elements from Central Asia (such as yogurt and mantı), creating a vast array of specialities—many with strong regional associations.

Turkish cuisine varies across the country. The cooking of Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, and rest of the Aegean region inherits many elements of Ottoman court cuisine, with a lighter use of spices, a preference for rice over bulgur, koftes and a wider availability of vegetable stews (türlü), eggplant, stuffed dolmas and fish. The cuisine of the Black Sea Region uses fish extensively, especially the Black Sea anchovy (hamsi) and includes maize dishes. The cuisine of the southeast (e.g. Urfa, Gaziantep, and Adana) is famous for its variety of kebabs, mezes and dough-based desserts such as baklava, şöbiyet, kadayıf, and künefe.

broad beans = bakla
dill = dereotu

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Quzi is a rice-based dish popular in Levant countries. It is served with very slow cooked lamb, roasted nuts, raisins …
Shish kebab is a popular meal of skewered and grilled cubes of meat. The word kebab denotes a wide variety …
(1 ) gevrek, koulouri (Turkish)
This is a circular bread, typically encrusted with sesame seeds or, less commonly, poppy, flax or sunflower seeds, found across …
This is a national meal of Turkish cuisine. It is a yoghurt soup cooked with a variety of herbs (mentha …
(0 ) alinazik (Turkish)
This is a home-style Turkish dish which is a specialty of the Gaziantep province of Turkey. It is made from …
(0 ) Ezo gelin soup (Turkish)
This is a common soup in Turkish cuisine. The main ingredients are bulgur and red lentils. The origin of the …
(0 ) Kashkak, Kashkek, k… (Turkish)
Thisis a sort of ceremonial meat or chicken and wheat or barley stew.
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by anika854 (0 ) Public: Users can add dishes

For those who move beyond the initiation of döner kebab, Turkish cuisine rewards curiosity with time-honed flavors and some of the tastiest street foods in the Mediterranean. Here are 10 Turkish dishes must try.

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by anika854 (0 ) Public: Users can add dishes

Who doesn’t love Arabic food? With dishes from the Middle East, such as hummus, found in groceries stores around the world, as well as kebabs and shawarmas, being beloved dishes globally – it’s about time someone talked about Arabic desserts. These are very different from traditional cakes and chocolates, however, they are just as delicious.


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These are the desserts you should try when you visit Turkey.