Click the image on the left to see the cookbook. This cookbook lists 10 simple Turkish recipes listed below :
1.: Cacik (Pronounced Jajik) (Yogurt with cucumbers) Closest Indian equivalent ( Cucumber raita)
2.: Ezme (Tomato salad)
3.: Menemen (Scrambled eggs)
4.: Kuru Uzum Hosafi (Dessert: Raisin compote)
5.: Sade Pirinc Pilav (Rice : Plain Pilav)
6.: Tavuk Yahnisi (Chicken stew)
7.:. Barbunya Tava (Fried fish)
8.: Fava (Pureed beans)
9.: Irmik Helvasi (Dessert: Semolina Halwa) Closest Indian equivalent ( Hindi : Sooji Halwa / Tamil :Kesari)
10.: Tursu ( Pickle)
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Turkish Cuisine The Ottoman empire was succeeded by the
Breakfast : Bread, cheese, olives, tomatoes, jam/honey, and eggs washed down with black tea.
Lunch / dinner : Soup, Pilaf (flavoured rice / bulgur/ vermicelli) or bread with a vegetable and a meat dish.
Meats : Lamb, beef, chicken, fish and seafood. Pork is not used.
Vegetables : Eggplants, green beans spinach, cauliflower, onions, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, red/green lentils.
Flavouring agents : Parsley, cumin powder, black pepper, paprika, mint, green & red chilies.
Fats : Butter, olive oil or sunflower oil.
Yogurt accompanies most dishes. Yogurt is blended with water and salt to a frothy and much loved drink, Ayran.
Some uniquely Turkish dishes :
Dolma (Veggies stuffed with rice / meat & cookedt) , Sarma ( veggies / meats wrapped in cabbage / grape leaves & cooked), Meze (a selection of bite sized dishes served as appetizer) Borek ( stuffed pastry), Doner Kebap ( meat cooked on a vertical spit) & Kofte (cooked minced meat balls)
And this goes to Tobias' The 1st Mediterranean cooking event - Turkey