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Istanbul Markets: 20 Best Bazaars Every Traveler Must Visit

The markets in Istanbul are like nothing you have ever seen before. They sell everything from fresh produce to household goods, and every one of them is bursting with energy and life. The best thing about Istanbul markets? You can always find something unique no matter where you go! This blog post will explore 20

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14 Best Cafés and Coffee Shops in Istanbul (2021 Updated)

The coffee culture is strong in Istanbul, and there are many different cafés to choose from. Some people like their coffee iced or with a lot of cream and sugar; others prefer dark roasts that taste bitter. Regardless of your tastes, you will find something here! 3rd wave coffee roasters are the focus of this

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14 Best Restaurants in Fatih: Locals Favourite Places to Eat

Fatih is the heart of Istanbul. This neighborhood is considered an attractive residential area for locals and tourists alike, with its many restaurants, shops, museums, and other attractions within walking distance from hotels in the surrounding areas.  The rich history and culture, stunning architecture, delicious restaurants – it’s no wonder that this neighborhood has been

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Best Bars in Istanbul Right Now: 15 Cool Places w/ Rooftops

What are the best bars in Istanbul right now? If you’re looking for cool places to drink, then this post is for you. We’ve compiled a list of 15 of the most popular and coolest bars in Istanbul. From rooftop bars overlooking the Bosphorus Strait to speakeasy-style cocktail bars to sky lounges, these venues will

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Holding two glasses of red Turkish tea in traditional glasses with spoons and sugar, steam coming off top
Turkish Cuisine

How to Make Turkish Tea: The Perfect Cup of Çay Recipe

More than a few visitors leave Turkey with the taste of delicious Turkish tea fresh on their palates and, more than likely, with a box or two of tea to make in their own houses. What is a good recipe for authentic Turkish Tea? To brew Turkish tea you don’t need to be a master

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Turkish Tomato Soup Recipe: Simple & Homemade

Originally published May 18, 2013, updated September 12, 2021 Soup or ‘çorba’ is an integral part of the Turkish meal plan. Served as a prelude to most lunches and dinners – or as a light meal on its own – Turks have certainly mastered the art of cooking this local favorite. This is lucky for

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Cacao, plain and pistachio flavored Turkish ice-cream on plate with knife and fork
Istanbul Street Food

Turkish Ice Cream: What Makes It Unique? (Maraş Dondurma)

Originally published May 17, 2013, updated September 12, 2021 I love my baklava, and I love my lokum (Turkish Delight); but, even more, I love Turkish ice cream (or, dondurma, to the locals)! Related content: Turkish Cuisine: A Complete Guide to Turkish Food & Drinks What Makes Turkish Ice Cream Different? Literally the Turkish word

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Ezme Salad
Turkish Food Recipes

Ezme Recipe: Hot Ezme Salad (Authentic Turkish Style)

Originally published May 3, 2013, updated September 12, 2021 Ezme is one of the most popular Turkish mezze and is found at almost all Turkish meals. It is a spicy and fresh accompaniment. Actually, this ezme recipe is very spicy, so you could opt to tone it down a little depending on your taste –

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Tray of green peppers stuffed with rice topped with tomatoes and lemons
Turkish Food Recipes

Turkish Dolma w/ Meat Recipe: Stuffed Pepper or Capsicum

Originally published May 3, 2013, updated September 12, 2021 Stuffed pepper is one of my favorite Turkish dishes and I didn’t realize how easy it was to make Turkish dolma until I tried it for myself. Of course, as I am a carnivorous person, I do prefer the dolma containing ground beef. You can serve

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Conical portion of irmik helvasi (semolina dessert) on blue plate sprinkled with cinnamon and pine nuts
Turkish Food Recipes

Semolina Halva Recipe: Delicious Turkish Dessert

Originally published May 3, 2013, updated September 12, 2021 Semolina halva or irmik helvasi is a classic Ottoman dessert and Turkish people have been cooking this dessert for centuries in their houses. Sometimes semolina halva is cooked with milk, sometimes with pine nuts but it is always a very light dessert. Semolina halva (irmik helvasi)

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Two brass Turkish coffee posts being roasted traditionally in wood coals
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The 10 Best Turkish Coffee in Istanbul for Real Coffee Buffs

Are you looking for a great cup of Turkish coffee in Istanbul? If so, you have come to the right place; Istanbul is one of the best places to get coffee in the world. The Turkish coffee culture has been around for centuries, and it’s no surprise that the locals are addicted to Turkish coffee,

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The 12 Juiciest, Beefiest, Bestest Burgers in Istanbul

Some people have a strange obsession with hamburgers. They will stop at nothing to find the best burger wherever they are in the world, and it’s not just for the taste. There is something about holding a juicy beef patty between two slices of bread that makes everything better. The air smells different when you

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The 10 Best Karaköy Restaurants (2021 updated)

Istanbul is a city that never sleeps. It’s also a foodie’s paradise, and no place in the town better exemplifies this than Karaköy. This cool neighborhood is home to some of Istanbul’s best restaurants, and it has everything from traditional Turkish cuisine to French bistros and seafood restaurants with fresh fish flown in daily. In

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Best Mantı in Istanbul: 6 Absolute Best Mantı Restaurants

Ask any tourist about Turkish food, and they’ll tell you all about kebabs. Ask a Turk, and they’ll describe the mouth-watering pleasure that is mantı: A hint of meat caressed by soft dough, swimming in a garlic yogurt embrace with a kiss of sauce. Add a little mint, sumac, and pepper to get the culinary

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Variety of small brightly coloured marzipan fruit sculptures on display in cabinet during Istanbul culinary tour
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Best Desserts in Istanbul: The 12 Sweetest Dessert Shops in Town

Istanbul is the city of sweet delight. From traditional Turkish desserts to European favorites, she offers a wide variety of mouthwatering sweets. This post will explore some of the most popular and acclaimed Istanbul desserts and dessert shops in Istanbul. Trying to decide which of these dessert shops in Istanbul has the best desserts is

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Turkish Cuisine

20 Best & Most Famous Turkish Kebabs (w/ Authentic Recipes)

First published on 2nd February 2014. Updated on 1st September 2021 For most people, thinking about Turkish cuisine generally conjures countless images of delicious meaty kebabs in mind. But for the most part, these imaginings are limited to the standard döner kebab and shish kebab that the western world are accustomed to. But in fact,

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The 6 Best Tantuni in Istanbul – Complete Guide w/ Maps

For Turks, tantuni is highly coveted street food. However, for international visitors, it is one of the most underappreciated and unknown dishes in Istanbul and Turkey. While it is not as popular as the world-famous döner kebab, tantuni is equally delicious, addictive, and scrumptious to eat. However, this street food is scarce outside of Turkey.

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Top 10 Beşiktaş Restaurants: Where You Can’t Go Wrong

Where should you go for your next night out? It is a question that many people ask themselves when they are in Istanbul and want to have a nice dinner. Beşiktaş hosts some of the best and luxurious restaurants in Istanbul. It is surrounded by many restaurants, shops, markets to make it an exciting place

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The 10 Oldest Restaurants in Istanbul

It’s a well-known fact that Istanbul is one of the most historic cities in the world. This is why it should come as no surprise to hear that there are many historical and old restaurants here, some of which date back over 170 years. In this blog post, we will talk about ten of these

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The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Good Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos)

You are visiting Turkey and Istanbul, and you want to find the best foods to eat? Then, you can’t go wrong with this list of delicious Turkish foods! We’ll cover everything from traditional Turkish cuisine and street foods to kebabs and even some vegetarian & vegan options. No matter your taste buds’ preference, there is

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11 Foods to Challenge Your Eyes & Tastebuds: Offal Dishes in Turkey

Offal dishes are an essential part of Turkish cuisine and are loved by Turkish people. In the old days in Turkey, no animal part was wasted, and every type of meat imaginable was eaten. Most animal parts such as the heart, brain, tripe, tongue, liver, intestines are still widely consumed in today’s society in Turkey.

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freshly cooked cheese pastry Turkish borek a popular street food in Istanbul
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20 Best Turkish Street Food in Istanbul: Complete Guide & Where to Find Them

Istanbul is a street food lover’s paradise. The street food of Istanbul is diverse and delicious, made with fresh ingredients and served from carts, peddlers, stands on street corners, street vendors, or restaurants across the city. From döner kebab to lahmacun, street food in Istanbul is an experience that can’t be missed! The only problem

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The Best Baklava in Istanbul: TOP 11 Baklava Shops

The best way to describe baklava would be by saying it tastes like heaven – not too hard on your teeth because layers of flaky phyllo dough are mixed into the butter, so every bite melts beautifully onto your tongue. At least, this is how good baklava tastes and feels in Turkey. We bet you

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Kadikoy restaurants are some of the best in Istanbul
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10 Best Kadıköy Restaurants: A Complete Guide w/ Maps

Kadıköy is a neighborhood that will steal your heart with its lively entertainment life, as well as beautiful venues for food. Kadıköy has been called one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world because it offers such an array of different tastes and cultures to experience all at once. It isn’t easy to walk more

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Best of Turkish Food

Turkish Drinks: 10 Popular Beverages Turkey Can’t Live Without

Turkish drinks and beverages are some of the most popular in the world. They have been around for many centuries, and they can be found far beyond Turkey’s borders. They help keep people going through a hot summer day or stay warm and healthy in the winter months, but more importantly, Turkish people love them

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The 7 Best Mussels in Istanbul | Ultimate Guide to Mussels in Istanbul

The bright, fresh flavors of mussels have been an iconic part of Turkish and Armenian cuisine for hundreds of years. The prized bivalves are often found on street carts and at restaurants all over town, from seafood markets to waterfront cafes. One of the most indulgent street foods in Istanbul, this flavor is perfect for

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Pandeli is one of the oldest and best restaurants in Sultanahmet
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14 Best Restaurants in Sultanahmet

In the city of Istanbul, a tourist hotspot for its visitors is Sultanahmet. Here one can find an extensive list of things to do with plenty to see and explore across this vibrant neighborhood. Besides historical sites that offer a glimpse into the past and best examples of Ottoman architecture, Sultanahmet also appeals to your

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Del Mare is one of the best seafood restaurants in Istanbul.
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12 Absolute Best Seafood Restaurants in Istanbul

Istanbul is an incredible city with a wealth of culinary delights. One of the most popular cuisines in this diverse city is seafood. There are many restaurants to choose from, but these 12 seafood restaurants in Istanbul have been ranked as some of the best by locals and visitors alike. If you’re visiting Istanbul and

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18 Best Restaurants in Taksim & Beyoğlu That You Must Try

Istanbul is a city that never sleeps. If you’re looking for the perfect place to have dinner, Istanbul offers many options. Beyoglu district and Taksim Square have some of the best restaurants in Istanbul, and it’s worth exploring! In this blog post, I’ll share my top 18 best restaurants in Taksim and Beyoglu. Related content:

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Friends tossing and cheering with Turkish raki
Best of Turkish Food

Turkish Raki | Complete Guide for Beginners

Americans or Europeans sip wine with the meal, British do beer, and Turks sip their Raki. Savored slowly with best friends or family, either on a special occasion or a casual gathering, after the sunset or before, Turkish Raki aka -Lion’s milk- is a centuries-old alcoholic beverage that has its own distinctive flavor and culture

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A'jia restaurant and it's terrace. A'jia is one of the best Bosphorus restaurants in Istanbul.
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Best Bosphorus Restaurants in Istanbul: Top 9 Right Now

As one of the most iconic waterways in the world, it is no surprise that Istanbul has a number of great restaurants along the Bosphorus. The variety of foods you can try at these establishments will have your mouth watering before you’ve even left home! This blog post will highlight some of our favorite Bosphorus

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Crispy Turkish lahmacun cut into 4 pieces on a circular wooden tray
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The Best Lahmacun in Istanbul: 6 Outstanding Lahmacun Places

If you’re looking for the best lahmacun in Istanbul, this blog post is just what you need. I’ll share my top 6 favorite lahmacun restaurants with you and tell you about their food, atmosphere, and location. Who knows? Maybe one of these will become your new favorite too! Related: 20 Best Turkish Street Food in

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Taste of Two Continents food tour market breakfast of olives cheese eggs cream honey simit Turkish tea laid on newspaper
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The Best Breakfast in Istanbul: 10 Excellent Breakfast Places

Do you have a hankering for some traditional Turkish breakfast? There are many places in Istanbul to choose from, and this blog post will help you decide where to go for the best breakfast in Istanbul. The best part of all these breakfast places on our list is that they’re either walking distance from Sultanahmet

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pasha's kofta recipe
Turkish Food Recipes

Pasha’s Kofta Recipe: Easy & Homemade (Hasan Paşa Köftesi)

Related content: The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Good Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) This Pasha’s Kofta Recipe serves 4 Ingredients 4 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed   900 gr lean ground lamb or beef 1 small onion, grated 4 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley 2 eggs ½ teaspoon red pepper

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Recommended Menus

Recommended Menus All Menus Serve 4-6 People Summer Dinner Menu Soup: High Plateau SoupAppetizer: Stuffed EggplantMain Course: Char-Grilled Swordfish Shish Kebab and White Rice PilafSalad: Shepherd’s SaladDessert: Pistachio Semolina Cake and Turkish Coffee Summer Lunch Menu Serve a sour cherry drink or ayran, a yogurt drink, with this menu. Appetizer: Fried Eggplant and Green Peppers

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Turkish Food Recipes

Turkish Lamb with White Beans Recipe: Etli Kuru Fasülye

How to Make Lamb with White Beans Serve it with White Rice Pilaf and Cucumbers with Yogurt and Mint. Serves 4-6 Ingredients ¼ cup unsalted butter 900 gr boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 medium onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 4 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped 2 cups dried

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Turkish Radish Salad Recipe: Turp Salatası

How to Make Radish Salad Recipe This salad goes well with grilled meat and fish. Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 radishes, coarsely grated 2 carrots, peeled and grated fine 4 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons olive oil ¼ cup white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves Salt and black pepper Method Place all

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Turkish Almond Pudding Recipe: Keşkül

How to Make Turkish Almond Pudding Ingredients 1 ¾ cups blanched almonds 5 ½ cups whole milk, divided ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 egg yolk, beaten Pinch of salt Ground pistachio nuts Method Place the almonds in a blender along with 1 ½ cups of the milk. Grind them

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Turkish Onion Relish Recipe: Soğan Piyazı

How to Make Onion Relish Ingredients 2 medium onions, thinly sliced Salt 2 teaspoons sumac 2 teaspoons red pepper ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves Method Place the onion slices in a bowl, season with salt and squeeze them a few times with your fingers to extract some of the juice. Add the sumac,

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Turkish Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas Recipe: Nohutlu Pilav

How to Make Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas 4 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter 1 small onion, diced 1 ½ cup long-grain white rice 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped 2 1/3 cups chicken stock or water Salt and black pepper Method Place the rice in a bowl and cover

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Fried Eggplant and Green Peppers Recipe: Patlıcan ve Biber Kızartması

How to Make Fried Eggplant and Green Peppers Serves 4-6 Ingredients 6 eggplants (about 2 kg) 4 tablespoons salt 6 medium green peppers 2 cups light olive oil or vegetable oil 6 fresh parsley sprigs Yogurt-Garlic Sauce Tomato Sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped Method Cut the

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Turkish Char-Grilled Swordfish Shish Kebab Recipe: Izgara Kılıç Kebabı

How to Make Char-Grilled Swordfish Shish Kebab Serves 4-6 Ingredients Marinade 1 small onion, grated 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/3 cup lemon juice 2 teaspoons paprika ½ cup olive oil 4 fresh or dried bay leaves, crumbled Salt and black pepper 900 gr swordfish, cut into 1-inch cubes 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley Method

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Turkish Okra with Olive Oil Recipe: Zeytinyağlı Bamya

How to Make Turkish Okra Light, refreshing and healthy meals are preferred in our tables during the summer months, especially when the weather is hot. In such cases, the first thing that comes to our mind is olive oil. Okra is one of the most popular vegetables of the summer months. You can store okra,

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Turkish Stuffed Zucchini Flower Recipe: Kabak Çiçeği Dolması

How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Flower Stuffed zucchini flowers; It is one of the indispensable flavors of Turkish, Greek and Cyprus cuisines. Stuffed zucchini flowers; Although it varies according to the region, it is usually made from pumpkin flowers collected in the Aegean and the Mediterranean in the early hours of the morning. Serves4-6 Ingredients

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Turkish Stuffed Dried Eggplant with Olive Oil Recipe: Kuru Patlıcan Dolması

How to Make Stuffed Dried Eggplant If you haven’t tried stuffing made from dried vegetables, also known as “Sour Stuffed” in Traditional Turkish Cuisine and Ottoman Palace Cuisine, we strongly recommend it. It is sour-sweetened with dry stuffed sumac spice, which is frequently consumed in the eastern region of our country..Serves 4-6 Ingredients 25 dried

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Turkish Shakshuka Recipe: Şakşuka

How to Make Saksuka Şakşuka, one of the famous flavors of the Mediterranean, is a kind of appetizer prepared by frying vegetables and pouring sauce on it. Although its production varies from region to region, its main ingredients are eggplant, pepper and tomato. It is also made with yogurt in some regions. Serves 4-6 Ingredients

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Vegetables and Olive Oil in Turkish Cuisine

The known history of olives, the world’s healthiest natural vegetable oil source, goes back 8 thousand years. The oldest available data on the olive tree are olive leaf fossils dating back 39,000 years. Olive oil, an essential product of the olive tree, was called “liquid gold” by humankind, while it was used only as fuel

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe: Mercimek Çorbası

How to Make Red Lentil Soup This Turkish red lentil soup recipe is nutritious, healthy and comforting, especially during the colder autumn and winter months. Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 cup red lentils 1 carrot 1 potato 1 onion 1 clove of garlic 6 cups lamb or chicken stock or hot water For the sauce 3

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Turkish sour cherry drink
Turkish Food Recipes

Turkish Sour Cherry Drink Recipe: Vişne Şerbeti

Related content: Turkish Drinks: 10 Popular Beverages Turkey Can’t Live Without This Turkish Sour Cherry Drink serves 6 Ingredients 2 cups sugar 650 gr fresh sour cherries 5 cups water Method Combine the sugar with the water in a medium-size saucepan and stir the mixture over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the

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Turkish Tarhana Soup Recipe: Tarhana Çorbası

How to Make Turkish Tarhana Soup Tarhana soup is one of the most popular soups in Turkish cuisine. It is nutritious and natural, and as a result, it is one of the first foods Turkish babies start eating following breast milk. If you have tarhana powder ready at home, making tarhana soup will be very

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Turkish Ayran Aşı Soup Recipe: Ayran Aşı Çorbası

How to Make Cold Ayran Aşı Soup Cold ayranaşı soup is a mainstay of the Turkish summer table and can be enjoyed chilled or lukewarm. Thanks to bulgur and chickpeas, cold ayranaşı soup makes for a satisfying and light main meal; practical, tasty and nutritious. Ingredients 1 cup of wheat 1 cup chickpeas 250 gr of strained yoghurt 250

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Tarhana soup in a bowl served with hot red pepper
Turkish Food Recipes

List of Turkish Soups and their Recipes

9 Delicious Turkish Soups You MUST Taste During Your Turkey Holiday [with recipes] Soups have held an important place in traditional Turkish cuisine for centuries, and certainly far more so than other world cuisines. In this post, we outline the nine Turkish soups you must taste during your visit to Istanbul. After we explain the

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Turkish Chicken and Vermicelli Soup Recipe: Şehriyeli Tavuk Çorbası

How to Make Turkish Chicken and Vermicelli Soup Serves 4-6 Ingredients 3 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter 2 tablespoons finely grated onion 230 gr boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced 1 cup vermicelli, broken into 1- to 1 ½ -inch pieces 1 ½ quarts chicken stock Salt 5 tablespoons lemon juice Method In a heavy medium-size pot,

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Turkish Ezogelin Soup Recipe: Ezogelin Çorbası

How to Make Ezogelin Soup Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter 1 large onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 medium tomato, finely chopped 2 tablespoons paprika ½ teaspoon red pepper 1 ½ cups red lentils ¼ cup rice 6 cups chicken stock or

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Turkish Ice Cream Recipe: Dondurma

How to Make Turkish Ice Cream Ice cream, of course, is a favourite summer treat all over the world. However, authentic Turkish dondurma is very different from the ice cream made in other parts of the world (see our homemade Turkish ice cream recipe below).  Salep powder and mastic (an aromatic resin from mastic trees

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4 shelves filled with jars of colourful pickles including peppers, okra, carrots, garlic, cauliflower and more
Turkish Food Recipes

Turkish Pickles Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Pickles have been a prominent addition to the Ottoman and Turkish diets and tables for centuries. Both healthy and nutritious, they also enhance the flavors of many Turkish dishes and serve as preferred sides to legumes and other dishes, especially during the winter months. Pickle juice is also considered a hangover cure in Turkey. The

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Turkish Menemen Recipe: Easy & Homemade

First prepared by Cretan Turks in Izmir along Turkey’s Agean coastline, menemen derives its name from the specific district where it was first created. The main ingredients of menemen are simply tomatoes, peppers, and eggs, so it’s little wonder that it has survived from Ottoman times until today. It’s hard to imagine a Turkish breakfast

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Turkish Chicken Breast Pudding Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Related content: The Most Popular Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) Turkish Chicken Breast Pudding Recipe Serves 12 Ingredients 280 gr freshly cut, skinless, boneless chicken breasts ¾ cup cornstarch 8 ¾ cups whole milk, divided 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup sugar, plus some for sprinkling on the baking pan 2 tablespoons

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Turkish Muhammara Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Muhammara is one of the most beloved appetizers of Syrian, Levantine, and Turkish cuisine. Like many recipes, it can be made with different ingredients in different countries. Even in Turkey, muhammara is prepared quite different region to region. But the main ingredients are the same; red capsicum, walnuts, and bread. You can add other ingredients

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Hazelnut Spread Recipe: Easy & Homemade

You will be quite surprised to read how easy it is to make hazelnut spread at home. It’s so quick and simple, we bet if you like the taste of it, you will be making it often at home. You have the option to adjust the recipe to your sweetness preferences. Hazelnut spread recipe 1:

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Hünkar Beğendi Recipe: Easy & Homemade (Sultan’s Delight)

Related content: The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Good Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) This Hünkar Beğendi Recipe serves 6 Hünkar Beğendi Ingredients ¼ cup unsalted butter 3 tablespoons olive oil 1350 gr boneless lamb shoulder or shank, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 medium onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 2

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Large round tray of fresh golden crispy walnut baklava, shiny from sugar syrup
Turkish Food Recipes

Turkish Baklava Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Makes 20 Sheets of Dough Baklava Dough Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted 2 tablespoons salt 4 eggs, room temperature 1 ½ cup olive oil 1 ½ cups water at room temperature (about 70°F) ¼ cup cornstarch for dusting Method: Sift the flour with the salt and place on a work table, preferably

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Turkish Rice Recipe: Easy & Homemade Pilaf

Turkish rice recipe Serves 4-6 Related content: The Best Turkish Foods: 44 Lip-Smacking Turkish Dishes (w/ Photos) Ingredients: 4 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter 1 ½ cups rice, washed, soaked, and drained 2 ½ cups hot chicken stock or water Salt and black pepper Method: Heat the butter in a heavy saucepan set over medium heat.

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Pieces of beef tripe in a Turkish tripe soup
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Turkish Tripe Soup Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Related content: 11 Foods to Challenge Your Eyes & Tastebuds: Offal Dishes in Turkey This Turkish tripe soup recipe serves 4-6 Ingredients: 900 gr beef tripe, washed and drained 6 garlic cloves, chopped, divided ¼ cup lemon juice 1/3 cup olive oil Salt ¼ cup unsalted butter 1/3 cup flour 1 cup milk ¼ cup

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Crispy Turkish lahmacun cut into 4 pieces on a circular wooden tray
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Turkish Lahmacun Recipe: Easy & Homemade

Lahmacun is popular street food in Turkey that, round, thin piece of dough topped with minced meat, tomatoes, onions, parsley, black pepper, and isot (red chili pepper), then baked in wood-fired ovens. It is a favorite lunchtime snack in Turkey and one of the most common foods found at restaurants. Turkish people put parsley, onion,

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The Best Local Istanbul Restaurants

It is impossible to visit Istanbul without tasting the most classic flavours of traditional Turkish and Ottoman Cuisine during your stay at some of the best local Istanbul restaurants. But, what are traditional Turkish dishes and where do locals savour the delicious flavours of their homeland? That’s easy if you know where to go! In

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White plate on table with fresh katmer sprinkled with ground pistachio next to knife and fork
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The Sweet Taste of Katmer

Sweet taste of Katmer. When we ask our guests to name their favourite foods from their walks with us, one food pops up again and again… and again…. and again!  But it’s no wonder! What is deliciously flaky… … indescribably indulgent… … and quintessentially Turkish? Why – it’s katmer, of course! Katmer is an ancient

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Two brass Turkish coffee posts being roasted traditionally in wood coals
Turkish Cuisine

How To Make Turkish Coffee

For Turks, the look of a Turkish coffee is just as important as it’s taste. And the most desirable is one topped with  foamy ‘bubbles’. It is true that everyone should know how to make Turkish coffee in Turkey. If your home country allows you to return with freshly packed coffee, we highly recommend you

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Pouring melted butter from pan over portion of iskender kebab at istanbul restaurant during food tour
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Iskender Kebab

Iskender kebab is one of the most popular meat dishes of Turkey, typically enjoyed in the north-western areas of the country. It dates back to the early 19th century and is so-named after it’s original creator, Iskender Efendi. It can also be known in Istanbul restaurants as ‘Bursa kebab’, referring to Iskender Efendi’s home town.

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Glass bowl of aşure, noah’s pudding topped with cinnamon, walnuts, currants and pomegranate
Turkish Cuisine

Aşure (Noah’s Pudding)

Aşure (or, Noah’s Pudding) is a famous Turkish dessert, prepared on the Day of Aşure. It’s name is derived from the word “ashura“, which means “tenth” in Arabic. The Day of Aşure follows the Islamic holy calendar, and falls on the Tenth of Muharrem, during the first month of the calendar. Aşure is part of

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Street vendor barbeque cooking fresh fish with vegetables to fill bread roll for local fish sandwich
Istanbul Street Food

Fish Sandwich (Balik Ekmek) – Popular Istanbul Street Food

Who doesn’t like fresh fish? One of Istanbul’s favorite lunchtime street foods to munch on (and a must eat for visitors to Istanbul) is balık ekmek or ‘fish sandwich’. Found readily in the suburbs bordering the Golden Horn and the Bosphorous, balık ekmek is a delicious sandwich priced at between only 10 Turkish lira to

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White square plate with crispy kunefe dessert topped with pistachios being cut with knife and fork
Best of Turkish Food

What To Eat In Istanbul – for a first timer…

So, you’re visiting Istanbul for the first time. And you have probably already heard that Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the world. You know about baklava, Turkish Delight and kebab. You’ll, of course, drink Turkish coffee and tea. But what else should you be eating in Istanbul that you may not know

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