The best-kept secret about Turkish Cooking is that most Turkish recipes are quite simple to make. Cooking is an art and Traditional Turkish cooking requires skills, techniques along with some unique cooking utensils, ovens called tandir or charcoal stoves known as mangals.
Luckily in modern times, we can cheat a little with some Turkish recipes simply by purchasing ready-made ingredients, using modern day ovens and simplifying recipe methods, saving you time.
Cooking Turkish Recipes Easily
The Turkish recipes you’ll find at Turkish Thyme Cooking display how to make your favorite Turkish foods without spending hours in the kitchen. For example, if you want to make gozleme (sometimes known as a Turkish pancake or crepe), you don’t have to make the pastry dough and roll it out super thin using an oklava (very thin rolling pin). Rolling out yufka is a technique and art that is passed down from generation to generation and is not easy. Luckily in Australia and other western countries such as the USA and England, you’ll find ready rolled out yufka at Turkish food stores. If you can’t get yufka, use 4 sheets of filo pastry instead.
See a handful of well known Turkish recipes that can be as easy as child’s play:
|Baklava||Make paper thin yufka pastry||Buy filo pastry|
|Gozleme||Make yufka pastry||Buy bourek yufka|
|Bourek||Make the Yufka||Buy bourek yufka|
|Piyaz Salad||Soak beans overnight||Used tinned cannelloni beans|
|Hummus Dip||Soak chick-peas overnight||Use tinned chickpeas|
|Icli Kofte||Roll out the kofte shell||Layer it in an oven tray (tray icli kofte)|
|Guvech||Rush out and buy a guvech (claypot)||Use a casserole dish or tagine|
Alternative Turkish Ingredients
If you’re thinking I don’t the right ingredients to make this Turkish recipe, here is a list of substitutes you could use.
|Maras Biber||Chilli flakes|
|Yufka Pastry||Filo Pastry|
|Pepper Paste||Tomato Paste|
|Sujuk (Turkish Spicy Sausage)||Chorizo sausage|
|Vine Leaves||Cabbage leaves|
So if you’ve ever thought, I’d like to cook that Turkish Recipe, you can with ease. You are now armed with the knowledge you need to be able to make your favorite Turkish Recipe with everyday ingredients.
Find a great range of traditional and gourmet Turkish recipes at Turkish Thyme Cooking.