Turkish Leeks with Olive Oil Recipe: Zeytinyağlı Pırasa

Turkish Leeks with Olive Oil Recipe* Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 2 pounds leeks¼ cup virgin olive oil1 small Spanish onion, finely chopped ( ½ cup)2 carrots, sliced ( ¾ cup)½ cup long grain rice½ cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley2 teaspoons sugar2 tablespoons lemon juiceSalt Method: Cut off the roots and about two thirds of the … Read more

Olive Oil in Turkish Cuisine

The known history of olives, the world’s healthiest and natural vegetable oil source, goes back 8 thousand years ago. The oldest available data on the olive tree are olive leaf fossils dating back 39,000 years. Olive oil, which is the most important product of the olive tree, was called “liquid gold” by mankind, while it … Read more

Turkish Pita Bread Recipe: Pide Ekmeği


Turkish Pita Bread Recipe* Pita Bread Topped with Sesame and Black Caraway Seeds Makes 4 Homemade pita bread is simple to make and the sesame and caraway seeds add a fragrant, nutty flavour. This pita bread is much thicker than those you might buy in a store. When it comes out of the oven it … Read more

Turkish High Plateau Soup Recipe: Yayla Çorbası


Turkish High Plateau Soup Recipe* Serves 4-6 In Turkish cuisine, there are many different kinds of yogurt soups, with a wide variety of grains and herbs. Most of them come from Anatolia and eastern Turkey, but they are popular everywhere. This wonderfully smooth soup is flavored with mint. The flour and egg yolks stabilize the … Read more

Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe: Mercimek Çorbası


Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe This Turkish red lentil soup recipe is healthy and comforting during autumn and winter. It’s also nutritious. Ingredients: 1 glass of red lentils 1 carrot 1 potato 1 onion 1 clove of garlic 6 cups of hot water (meat or chicken stock) 3 tablespoons of sunflower oil 1 tablespoon 1 … Read more

Turkish Tomato Soup Recipe: Domates Çorbası


Turkish Tomato Soup Recipe* Serves 4-6 As a variation, sprinkle each bowl with croutons and some grated kasseri cheese, then place it under the broiler until the cheese is melted. Take it out and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter 1 large Spanish … Read more

Turkish Sour Cherry Drink Recipe: Vişne Şerbeti


Turkish Sour Cherry Drink Recipe* Serves 6 Fruit juices are very popular in Turkey. Years ago, in the big cities, there were many small shops where fresh juices were sold. Now there are only a few shops, and juices are purchased bottled or canned. Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 1 ½ pounds fresh sour cherries 5 … Read more

Turkish Tarhana Soup Recipe: Tarhana Çorbası


Turkish Tarhana Soup Recipe 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 easy. It … Read more