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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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(1 ) gevrek, koulouri (Turkish)

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

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 ...

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 ...

Torpedo Dessert

(0 ) (Turkish)

Torpedo Dessert is a buttery, flaky viennoiserie bread roll named for its well-known torpedo shape. Croissants and other viennoiserie are ...

Beshbarmak

(0 ) (Kazakhstan) (Turkish)

It is the national dish of Kazakhstan and among nomadic Turkic peoples in Central Asia. The term Beshbarmak means "five ...

Yalanchi

(0 ) (Turkish)

This dish is yalanchi, or vegetarian stuffed grape leaves. In Turkish, yalanchi means "fake." It refers to the fact that ...

Baklava

(0 ) (Greek) (Turkish)

Phyllo pastry layers filled with nuts and drenched in honey.

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