If you want to organize a typical Turkish meal at home but not make it too difficult for yourself, there are some iconic dishes you can make at home with good chances of success. Below you can find our 3 recommendations for such dishes that will provide you with a typical Turkish cuisine experience at your own dining table.
Borek is a typical Turkish dish made of layered phyllo dough with a mixture of yoghurt, eggs and oil in between and a filling of your choice between those layers. You can find it all over Turkey and is a well-known breakfast snack as well. A very popular borek dish is the spinach and feta cheese borek where you put a mixture of cooked spinach and feta cheese between the phyllo dough layers.
Kebab is probably one of the most famous dishes from the Turkish cuisine. Actually, the Turkish have introduced the well-known shish kebab to the world, next to a lot of other grilled meats and kebabs. If you want to make a delicious shish kebab at home, you´re in luck because it´s not very complicated. First, you will have to decide between lamb and beef kebab and choose how you´re going to marinate them. After marinating, put the chunks of meat on skewers (you could add vegetables, but typically it´s just the meat!) and turn them over a coal fire until they are grilled to perfection. Enjoy your kebab!
Dolma is an iconic Turkish dish that is probably a bit less well-known and is also a bit more complicated to make than kebab. But, don´t despair, you can definitely also make dolma at home! Dolma basically means to “to be stuffed” and it is a family of stuffed dishes, mostly with vegetables but there are also dolma varieties with meat. The most traditional type of dolma involves stuffed grape leaves and since this dish is a little less common as compared to the other two above, here is a recipe you can try at home:
- Dice 4 medium onions and sauté with a bit of olive oil
- Add ¼ cup of pine nuts and sauté for 5 more minutes
- Add 2 cups of rice and stir for about 5-10 minutes until the rice is translucent
- Add spices: 1 tbsp dried mint, 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 tbsp lemon salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, ¼ cup dried currants, 1 tsp granulated sugar, 1 tsp allspice and 1 cup of chopped parsley
- Stir some more and add ½ cup of boiling water. Let it simmer on low/medium heat for 15 minutes until there is no more liquid. Then take it off the heat and let it cool down.
- Now, put a spoonful of the cooled mix in the middle of a grape leaf, fold the sides inwards and then roll the leaf like a cylinder.
- Spread a layer of grape leaves on the bottom of a big pot (so that your little packages don´t burn) and put all your dolmas in the big pot. Put ¼ cup of olive oil, the juice of ½ lemon and 2 cups of boiling water in the pot and put a plate upside down on the mixture before you bring it to boil. Let it simmer for 45minutes on low/medium heat until there is no more water.
- Let it cool down and enjoy!
Enjoy your Turkish meal at home!