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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

(1 ) Qoozi, Ghozi (Iraqi) (-Levantine-) (Turkish)

Quzi is a rice-based dish popular in Levant countries. It is served with very slow cooked lamb, roasted nuts, raisins ...

Shish Kebab

(1 ) (Moroccan) (Turkish)

Shish kebab is a popular meal of skewered and grilled cubes of meat. The word kebab denotes a wide variety ...

Simit

(1 ) gevrek, koulouri (Turkish)

This is a circular bread, typically encrusted with sesame seeds or, less commonly, poppy, flax or sunflower seeds, found across ...

Leblebi

(0 ) (Iranian) (Turkish)

Leblebi is a snack made from roasted chickpeas, common and popular in Algeria, Iran and Turkey, and sometimes seasoned with ...

Torshi

(0 ) ترشى, tirşîn, tir... (Afghan) (Iranian) (-Middle Eastern-)

Various pickled fruits (e.g. peach, lemon) and vegetables (e.g. eggplant, garlic) mixed with vinegar and spices. Making torshi at home ...

Lokma

(0 ) Zalabyieh, Loukou... (Cypriot) (Egyptian) (Greek)

These are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in syrup, chocolate sauce or honey, with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled ...

Smyrna Meatballs

(0 ) smyrneika, politi... (Greek) (Turkish)

Smyrna Meatballs is a Greek and Turkish dish of spicy oblong kofte with cumin, cinnamon, and garlic served in tomato ...

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