Saturday, March 19, 2011

Borek(Turkish Pastry)


Borek is one of the most popular dishes in Turkish cuisine.You can put anything inside for filling;like cheese,potatoe,spinach or minced meat..


3 thin pastry sheets(it is called “yufka”in Turkish)
½ lb minced meat
1 large onion
2 tomatoes
1 bunch of dill
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of milk
1 egg
2 teaspoons of nigella seed


Put ¼ of the vegetable oil into a pan. Add finely chopped onions and lightly brown them. Add chopped tomatoes, minced meat, chopped dill, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.
Split egg white and yolk.Take the rest of the vegetable oil into a cup, add egg white and milk and mix them with a fork.
Brush a frying pan(12-14 inches in diameter) with some vegetable oil.Lay one sheet of pastry into the pan.Spread 2-3 tablespoons of the milk mixture.Put another layer of the pastry(if it is too big for the pan,you can cut it half),spreading milk mixture on each layer.Put your cooked filling(minced meat) in between the layers.After you are done,spread your remaining milk mixture on top of it.Spread the yolk with a brush and spread nigella seed on top of everything.Cook on the stove for 20 minutes,and turn upside down.Cook another 20 minutes on medium heat or until the bottom is golden brown..

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Turkish Tart with Feta Cheese


½ cup of butter
8 full spoons of flour
1 spoon of plain yogurt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 bunch of dill
1 bunch of mint leaves
4-5 black olives(without pit)
1 egg
½ cup of milk


Melt the butter,mix well with flour,yogurt and baking powder with your hands and make a smooth dough.Take an oven safe baking pan(around 10 inches) and spread the dough into the pan with your hands.
Chop the dill and mint leaves;cut the olives into small circles and mix with chopped feta cheese.Spread the mixture on top of the dough.
In another cup,whip egg and milk with fork and pour it on top of the pan.Preheat the oven 350 Fahrenheit and bake it for 45 minutes..

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Okra with Ground Meat..

Okra with Ground Meat


¾ pound okra
½ pound ground meat
1 large onion
2 tomatoes
2 tablespoons of corn oil
½ lemon juice


Trim the caps of the okra conically . Wash them.
Chop the onion and the tomatoes , brown them in the oil.Add ground meat and salt and stir occasionally.Add okra,1 cup of hot water and lemon juice.Cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.

*Okra is a very healthy green vegetable with highest levels of anti-oxidants and it is largely used in Turkish cuisine.It is very low in calories and the pods contain healthy amounts of vitamin A,vitamin C,vitamin K and minerals such as iron,calcium,magnesium and manganese.