Traditional Turkish Foods
As an individual who travels in pursuit of culinary skills, Turkish cuisine will be a curious one. This country is known for its variety of dishes which makes up its cuisine, and the way all the dishes come together like feasts offers significant material for enjoyment and life-long sturdy.
The history of traditional Turkish recipes are a heritage inherited from the Ottoman empire cuisine. It can be described as fusion and refinement of Balkan, Mediterranean, Central Asia, Middle Eastern, American, and Eastern Europe cuisines.
Its cuisine has impacted neighboring cuisines such as Central, Southern, and Western Europe. The traditional Turkish Foods is unique and is full of flavor. With that said, let’s go through the history of traditional Turkish Foods.
The History of Turkish Foods
Historical development of traditional Turkish Foods is directly associated with the vast geographical land the Turks live on, along with ingredients offered by their land. This has enabled the Turks to form a rich and diverse food culture.
The early historical documents indicate that Turkish Foods was established in their nomadic period and first settled in the Turkish states of Asia. Traditional Turkish Foods consists of dairy, meat, grains, and vegetables.
The Turks grew wheat and often used it in various types of unleavened and leavened bread that were baked in clay ovens, buried in ember, or baked-on griddle. Bugra and Manti were among the popular dishes in the early days. Skewering meat was a famous way of grilling, which was later on known as kebap. In addition to that, their dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese, were staple and convenient for the pastoral Turks.
Turks from Central Asia depended on animal husbandry, and when their living conditions became unstable, the Turks migrated to Anatolia. Here, they encountered various ingredients that the Turks incorporated into their cuisine.
Their once simple dishes become more complex due to the additional ingredients along with new cooking styles. While in Anatolia, the Turks were first introduced to rice, vegetables, and fruits native to that particular region.
The Anatolia region is referred to as the breadbasket of the world. Turkey to date is among the seven countries in the world that produce a sufficient amount of food to feed its citizens and even export some.
Old Style Turkish Recipes
Straddling Asia and Europe, where east and west meet, Turkey’s top-notch culture is reflected in its cuisine. As a newbie to traditional Turkish Foods, you have a mouth-watering journey ahead, and you can get started with these top-notch old-style Turkish Foods cooking and food;
This is one of the iconic Turkish recipes, and it dates back to the Ottoman Empire. If you have a sweet tooth, then Baklava is a must-try dish for you. Baklava is a layered pastry covered in group pistachios and syrup as well as filled with nuts giving you an unforgettable Turkish dessert. It is best served when freshly baked, and it can be found in supermarkets and bakeries.
Also known as Turkish meatballs, Köfte comes in all shapes and sizes, and you can have it as a snack, served with rice along with salad or dipped in plain yogurt. Köfte is made in different ways depending on the region you come from, and each region christened its distinctive Köfte varieties, such as Izgara Köfte, which is served with rice, grilled peppers, and bread. The Çiğ Köfte, on the other hand, is consumed raw.
Kebap is a term used to describe an array of street eats, with Şiş kebap being the most famous of them all. This traditional Turkish Foods was made of lamb or beef; however, nowadays, you can choose from an array of meat selections from poultry to fish as well as vegan options. The kebap is grilled over charcoal which is then served on a wooden or metal skewer.
It is another top-notch kebap, and it offers diversity in meat choice. Döner is seasoned with spices and herbs and prepared on a vertical and rotating spit. The food is best served when fresh, and the cuts are served in bread wraps and salad along with spicy sauce or garlic.
Also known as kuzu tandir, the roasted lamb is said to be the most beloved traditional Turkish Foods. Kuzu tandir is famous for its top-notch tender meaty goodness; it is traditionally prepared using a special oven. When preparing the meat, the lamb is suspended over coals and left cooking for hours until it is well-roasted.
The Turks have used this method of cooking for several centuries and adopted it from Anatolian Seljuk. This roasted meat is best served with potatoes and yogurt.
Peruvian Turkish Foods Cooking and Food
Peruvian cuisine is a mix of an array of cultures and is even referred to as fusion cuisine.
It might be a fusion but not a trend. On the other hand, Turkish foods are unique and said to have influenced different cuisine cultures in Europe and Asia significantly. And when it comes to Peruvian Turkish Foods cooking and food, there are some similarities in the spices used and cooking method.
Peruvian food consists of grilling of meat, fish and steak and is referred to as anticuchos, similar to the kebap in Turkish recipes. The two cuisines have lots of similarities; however, they still have their differences.
Turkey is a rich and diverse food destination for any food enthusiast out there. Traditional Turkish Foods relies less on seasoning and focuses more on taste and the use of fresh ingredients. Their foods are prepared to perfection with the utmost care, dedication as well as passion. I
f you have never had an experience with Turkish cuisine, then you are missing out. There is an array of food choices to go for, and you can never go wrong with Turkish cuisine. Therefore, as we come to the end of the article, we hope you have found it beneficial and learned more about the history of traditional Turkish Foods.
33 Favorite Turkish Foods w Recipes
1. Turkish Recipes – Homemade Turkish Meatballs Kofte Recipe
Kofte is the term used in Turkish cuisine for meatballs. It is a ball shaped ground beef dish. In a basic kofte recipe, ground beef, lamb or a combination of these two is combined with bread crumbs, onion, garlic and spices. Then shaped in balls and cooked over grill, stove or in oven. There are zillions of varieties in the country, one of which is spicy kofta kebab. And I'm sharing the most common kofta recipe here. You can serve these either on a plate with some pita on the side or in a sandwich bread or in a tortilla wrap.
2. Turkish Foods – Easy Lahmacun Recipe
This lahmacun recipe is the perfect prepare-ahead lunch. And it's a great dinner on-the-go. To serve a crowd, slice it up and serve with other Mezze favorites.
3. Turkish Dishes – Turkish Red Lentil Soup (Süzme Mercimek Çorbası)
After the lentils and vegetables have been cooked and strained, let the soup continue to simmer slowly to get the best blend of flavors. For garnish, sprinkle with some hot pepper flakes, plain croutons or squeeze a few drops of lemon on top.
4. Turkish Recipes – Turkish Vegtable Soup w Orzo
Turkish rice is fluffy, buttery, rich and very tasty, perfect with roasted meats and vegetables dishes. Turkish rice is a wonderful fluffy rice with a slightly nutty flavour. It absorbs flavours well making it a perfect accompaniment for meats, stews, vegetables (including stuffed vegetables), salads and alongside Turkish yogurt, cacik.
6. Turkish Dishes – Easy Homemade Doner Kebab
There are zillions of kebabs in Turkey, so it won’t be wrong to call it “the country of kebabs”. Among all these, the most famous ones are doner kebab and chicken shish kabob. Also check out our adana kebab recipe and lamb shish kebab recipe.
7. Turkish Recipes – Turkish Bulgur and Vegetable Pilaf
8. Turkish Foods – Kisir, a Turkish Bulgur Salad
9. Turkish Dishes – Mucver (Turkish Zucchini Fritters)
10. Turkish Recipes – Turkish Potato Salad (Salatasi)
11. Aromatic Lamb Casserole With Prunes
If you love the combination of lamb with prunes, then take a look at our Kashmiri lamb meatballs with prunes, too.
12. Turkish Dishes – Turkish Cabbage Rolls
There are some incredibly beautiful cabbages at the farmer’s markets right now, just longing to be stuffed with this Turkish lamb and pinenut filling. The cabbage rolls are bathed in the most fragrant tomato sauce – infused with the warming spices of cinnamon and nutmeg – flavorful, cozy and comforting, perfect for the colder months!
13. Turkish Recipes – Ayran: Turkish Yogurt Drink
Perfect thirst-quencher on a hot summer day!One of the things I love about ayran is its ability to rehydrate your body when it’s hot outside. Sea salt (unlike highly processed table salt!) contains numerous minerals and nutrients your body needs on a daily basis, especially when you are sweating. Adding sea salt to your beverages satisfies your thirst and keeps your body hydrated longer.
14. Turkish Foods – Gozleme!
Like everybody’s favourite Easy Flatbreads recipe, the Gozleme pastry requires no yeast, just 3 ingredients (no yogurt) and is very easy to work with. You’re going to fall in love with this recipe!
15. Turkish Dishes – Warm Hummus Topped With Crispy ‘Pastırma’
There are many different recipes for hummus out there, as well as numerous ready-made hummus brands sold in stores. Once you try this recipe for Turkish-style hummus, you just might stick it with for a lifetime.
16. Turkish Recipes – Turkish Coffee
17. Turkish Foods – Eggplant Kebab With Yoghurt and Marinated Chicken; Patlicanli Kebap
This is a southern Turkish style kebab, prepared at homes. The aubergines (eggplants) are double baked in this recipe, Southern Turkish style, which intensify their flavor. In Southern part of Turkey, especially in the regions of Gaziantep and Antakya, locals would use up the left over grilled or barbecued eggplants to make this delicious, home style kebab the next day.
18. Turkish Dishes – Alacati Borek
19. Turkish Recipes – Traditional Turkish Stew Recipe
20. Turkish Foods – Tavuk Şiş: Authentic Turkish Chicken Kebab
21. Turkish Dishes – Turkish Flour Helva
22. Turkish Recipes – Spicky Turkish Turkey
23. Turkish Foods – Turkish Spice Mix
24. Turkish Dishes – Turkish Slow-Cooked Beef and Vegetable Stew (Güveç)
25. Turkish Recipes – Turkish Noodles With Garlic Yogurt
26. Turkish Foods – Turkish Cucumber, Feta, and Tomato Salad
27. Turkish Dishes – Turkish Keskek A Traditional Wedding Stew
It is a meal given in ceremonies such as weddings, engagement, circumcision, and special days in Turkish cuisine. Keskek is a traditional flavor made with lamb or chicken meat and wheat.
Preparations are started one night in advance for this dish, which is preferred as a wedding meal in its original recipe. In the traditional cooking method, the wheat is cleaned and the shells are separated. Meat and wheat are boiled separately and then combined.
This traditional wedding meal; it is immigrant food. Keskek is very common in Western, Eastern, and Central Anatolia as well as in Thrace. It differs according to the regions in terms of the ingredients. It is usually made with lamb and cracked wheat.
28. Turkish Recipes – Turkish Bread or Pide
29. Turkish Foods – Menemen – Turkish Scrambled Eggs
If you’ve ever enjoyed Shakshuka, I think you’ll also enjoy this Turkish recipe that brings your scrambled eggs to a whole new level.
We’re talking Menemen, and it will bit of rock and roll to your breakfast. Or dinner!
Menemen is a traditional Turkish dish that includes eggs, peppers, tomatoes and spices that are all cooked down in a pan with oil. Like Shakshuka, you can serve it for breakfast, but it can be and is often served as the main course.
30. Turkish Dishes – Borek Pastries
31. Turkish Recipes – Karniyarik Stuffed Eggplant
Middle eastern and Mediterranean cuisines include many eggplant recipes that are all delicious and easy to make. From eggplant caponata and moussaka to baba ganoush, any recipe that uses eggplant can easily be my favorite! Today's recipe is a Turkish classic that's bursting with flavor in every bite.
32. Turkish Foods – Turkish Kebabs
One of the earliest references to kebabs is found in an eleventh-century Turkish dictionary, which describes men as having "competed against each other in skewering meat." It was the Turks who disseminated kebabs all over the Middle East and North Africa during the Ottoman Empire. The recipe below is for classic Turkish meat kebabs, with a marinade that includes tomato paste and a mix of spices for an intense flavor.
33. Turkish Dishes – Cacik
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