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5 Delicious Recipes Straight From The Ottoman Cuisine

Well, we all know that the Turkish cuisine is full of wonders and delicious plates. But when it comes to the Ottomans, the dishes are made to fit a Sultan’s table and stomach of course.

Below you can find some of the most delicious dishes from the Ottoman Cuisine. Why not dine like a Sultan?

1-Keskek

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Ingredients: 500gr husked wheat, 2 chicken drumsticks, water to soak the wheat in, salt, black pepper

For the top: Red pepper, some butter or oil

Start soaking the wheat in hot water from 3-4 hours before. Take a separate pot and start boiling the drumsticks. (Keep the boiling water for later.) After the chicken is cooked, separate the skin and stuff the meat. Take a large pot and add 2 cups of hot water for each cup wheat. Leave it to cook on a low flame. After it starts boiling, mash it with a wooden spoon. Add some salt and pepper. Don’t forget to heat the oil and red pepper and drizzle it over the dish before serving.

2-Fodula

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Ingredients: 4 small round rye bread, 600 grams of cubed beef, 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 onion, 1 cup of peas, 1 carrot, 1 tomato, a pinch fennel powder, hot water, 1 cup of dried sage, salt

Start by adding half of the butter in a pan and cooking the chopped onion until the colour turns pinkish. Then you can add the meat. Once the meat is cooked finely add the pot of peas, chopped carrots, and the tomatoes. Don’t forget to add the fennel, salt, and hot water. Continue cooking until the meat is tender. As a final touch, melt the remaining butter in a small pan, add sage. Mix and remove from heat and drizzle on top of the bread. Finish the dish by cooking it in a 200 degree preheated oven for 5 minutes and serve. Delicious!!!

3- Mutancana

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Ingredients: 800 grams of lamb, 100 grams of onion, 50 grams of peeled almonds, 50 grams of dried apricots, 30 grams of grape, 50 grams of dried plum, 50 grams of dried figs, 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, salt, 2 cups of warm water, 2 teaspoons of sumac

It is one of the most famous recipes’ that first come to mind when it comes to using abundant material.

Add meat and melted butter, stirring until the meat absorbs the water in the pot. Add the chopped onions and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Add the warm water and cook on low heat for 45 minutes. After you can add the remaining ingredients and cook for 5 more minutes. It is much better when served with fresh thyme.

4-Milk Kebab (Sut Kebabi)

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Ingredients: 1 kg lamb, 1 L milk, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 pinch of black pepper

Add salt and pepper to the lamb and leave it to rest for 2-3 hours. Then start boiling it with milk and separate the meat from bone. Once the bone is separated, skew the meat and start cooking it on a barbeque. In the meantime, keep on applying milk with a brush on the meat. After it is fried, sprinkle some cinnamon and serve.

5- Akike

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Ingredients: 1 kg Lamb, 1 kg yoghurt, 1/2 litres of water, 200 grams of oil, 1 tablespoon salt, 3 grams cinnamon, 3 grams coriander, 3 grams cumin, 3 grams of black pepper, 3 grams mastic gum

Start by chopping the meat into small pieces. Cover the lid of the casserole and cook until the meat is thoroughly dissolved. Meanwhile, combine all the spices except the cinnamon and sprinkle over the meat. Then reduce the fire. Heat up the yoghurt and leave it to cool. Once it cools down, serve with cinnamon on top.