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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Turkish Appetizer Recipes

05/04/10: Shakshuka (Saksuka).
15/12/09: Turkish Pastrami Borek (Paçanga Böreği).
12/12/09: Fried Green Pepper with Tomato Sauce (Domates Soslu Biber Kızartması).
08/12/09: Fried Diced Liver with Red Peppers (Arnavut Ciğeri).
01/12/09: Turkish Red Pepper Dip (Kırmızı Biber Ezmesi).
10/09/09: Fried Eggplant&Potato in Sauce (Soslu Patlican Patates Kizartmasi).
17/07/09: Roasted Red Peppers with Garlic (Sarimsakli Kozlenmis Kirmizi Biber).
05/07/09: Fried Vegetables in Tomato Sauce (Çığırtma).
24/05/09: Stuffed Tomato with Eggplant (Patlicanli Domates Dolmasi).
23/05/09: Halloumi Cheese (Hellim Peyniri).
14/12/08: Turkish Chickpea Dip (Nohut Ezmesi).
12/12/08: Carrot Pate with Black Olives (Havuclu Zeytinli Mucver).
06/12/08: Spinach Dip (Ispanak Ezme).
19/07/08: Green Beans with Walnuts (Malohta).
11/06/08: Oven Shrimp (Firinda Karides).
09/02/08: Turkish-style Fried Calamari (Kalamar Tava).
28/12/07: Beetroot Dip (Pancar Ezme).
18/12/07: Mushroom Manti (Mantar Manti).
08/12/07: Fried Eggplant with Cheese (Peynirli Patlican Kizartmasi).
02/12/07: Shrimp Coctail in a Basket (Hamur Sepetinde Karides Kokteyl).
28/11/07: Potato Cigarette Borek (Patatesli Sigara Boregi).
22/07/07: Roasted Eggplant, Green Pepper & Tomato Dip (Lutuka).
01/07/07: Fried Mixed Vegetables with Sauce (Karisik Sebze Kizartmasi).
26/06/07: Sesame Seed Chicken (Susamli Tavuk).
03/06/07: Cig Kofte (Yalanci Cig Kofte).
13/05/07: Red Pepper Spread (Zengin).
15/12/06: Turkish-style Zucchini Gratin (Kabak Graten).
10/12/06: Hummus (Humus).
08/12/06: Creamy Yogurt Dip (Haydari).
05/12/06: Caviar-stuffed Eggs (Havyarli Yumurta Dolmasi).
03/12/06: Amulet Borek (Muska Boregi).
02/12/06: Zucchini with Walnut Dip (Cerkez Kabak).
29/11/06: Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Rolls (Kozlenmis, Peynirli Kirmizi Biber).
26/11/06: Shrimp in an Orange Basket (Portakal Sepetinde Karides).
26/09/06: Fried Cauliflowers and Carrots (Karnabahar ve Havuc Kizartmasi).
12/08/06: Cigarette Borek (Sigara Boregi).
28/07/06: Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Sauce (Kabak Kizartmasi).
21/07/06: Haydari with Feta Cheese (Beyaz Peynirli Haydari).
13/06/06: Mamzana.
04/06/06: Muhammara.
13/05/06: Haydari with Carrots (Havuclu Haydari).
09/05/06: Yogurt.
14/04/06: Red Pepper Paste (Kirmizi Biber Salcasi).
11/03/06: Ali Nazik.
04/03/06: Potato Pate (Patates Koftesi).
28/12/05: Black Olive Pate on Bread (Zeytin Ezmeli Kanepeler).
11/12/05: Potatoes with Caviar (Havyarli Patates).
10/12/05: Stuffed Mushrooms (Mantar Dolmasi).
29/10/05: Olives with Garlic (Sarimsakli Zeytin).
16/10/05: Lentil Pate (Mercimek Koftesi).
28/08/05: Tarator.
24/07/05: Chicken with Walnuts (Cerkez Tavugu).
12/06/05: Fried Eggplant & Green Pepper (Patlican Biber Kizartmasi).
08/05/05: Fava.
26/03/05: Kisir.
22/03/05: Cacik.
20/03/05: Zucchini Pate (Mucver).


At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,
First and foremost this is a great site and amazing recipes. Thank you. Second, by any chance do you have a recipe for imam bayildi?

Thanks. Have a great day.

At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to have bothered you, Binnur, nevermind, I found it. You already posted the imam bayildi recipe. Sorry. Thanks to you and your daughter for a great site and amazing recipes.

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have tons of recipes for Hoummous, but there should be at least one on here . . . any soon?

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

There are a ton of Turkish Appetizer Recipes, Humus is one of them and
I will post it soon:)


At 3:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you able to add some dips to your appetizer recipes? A local turkish restaurant has the most amazing dips, they all taste so good and I would love to make them at home, some of them are carrot, beetroot and fetta based. Yum!

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i was wondering if you know how to make chicken or pork tava like the ones you find throughout Adana. I miss them so much!

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sure, I will post more appetizers in a few weeks for Christmas. I hope you will find them yummy too:)

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

If you are asking about chicken saute I will post it soon. And more chicken dishes too...

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Muge said...

Dear Binnur,

Dear Binnur,

I would like to congratulate your web page and your effort. It is very nice job for introduce our Turkish taste to everybody. Thanks to you and your daughter for this great web page.
Best wishes,


At 8:45 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Muge,
I really appreciated what you wrote, thank you very much:)

At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking for a Turkish spice called Kinzi, which is used in Acika. Do you know what the english name is? It looked brown with a green tint in its powdered form.

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I don't know anything about kinzi, actually I never heard this word
before. It is not a Turkish word:)

At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure of the origin of the word "Kinzi" or that I am even spelling it correctly, but that is how it's pronounced in Hendek, Turkey.

Basically, it's a spice used in my mother-in-law's Acika recipe. My husband translated the recipe, but couldn't translate the spice "Kinzi".

Do you have a tasty Acika recipe you can post with spices here in America that I could substitue for my Turkish recipe?


At 1:46 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Acuka and Muhammara are the same appetizers, they just have different regional names. Western Turkey calls it Acuka, and southeastern regions call it Muhamara, I already posted Muhammara, here is the address;
I hope you can find there what you are asking:)

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Acika and Acuka are two different things. Acika is the version of acili ezme (the name is used in Caucases). And Armenians and Azeris call coriander (or cilantro) KINZI (kisnis in Turkish).

Anna Durmus

At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Betty said...

Greetings Binnur!
I am trying to find a recipe for PATLICAN is an appetizer..The only description I have is "cubes of eggplant baked with olive oil and mixed vegetables"
I know there are many variations of Palican appetizers, was just wondering if you knew of this one.
Thanks so much!

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Betty,
You are absolutely right there are so many varities of eggplant dishes
and appetizers in Turkish cuisine. It is very hard to tell which one
you are asking about:) I already have some up (search for eggplant in
the google search box on the right), but I will continue to post more
eggplant appetizer recipes..

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great site with some fantastic recipes i went to a turkish restaurant recently and had a chicken dish made with almonds, honey, apricots etc i cant remember what it was called but it would be good if you could find something for me? thanks x

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sounds like a delicious dish:) I wish I knew the name or what kind of dish it is, is it a main dish or appetizer or salad? Turkish cuisine
offers so many different kinds of dishes it is hard to count them...
if you can give me a bit more info, hopefully I can help you out:)

At 1:21 PM, Blogger heimagin said...

Binnur, I don't see any cacik recipe's on your site. I make a red cacik that I used to get in Adana. Do you know the proper name for it? Or is it simply "kirmizi cacik"? Thanks!

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

I already posted a basic Cacik recipe, it is in the Side dish section, here is the address;

I never heard "kirmizi cacik" is it beet with yogurt and served as an appetizer?

At 5:10 PM, Blogger heimagin said...


I will give you two recipe's for the price of one (free).
Red Cacik "Roy Baba":
one 32 oz (907g) container plain Yogurt.
one red pepper
one clove garlic (minced)

Put 1 layer of cheese cloth across a standard strainer. Pour yogurt into cheese cloth. Set strainer in another bowl to catch the water and put in refridgerator over night. The yogurt will be thick enough for a spoon to stand in it. Roast and skin the red pepper. I have done it in a pan on the stove, or on a grill. If you cook it until the skin just blackens in spots the skin comes off easily. (If you know a BETTER way please let me know.)Peal and chop the red pepper. Stir the red pepper and garlic into the yogurt. Refridgerate for at least two hours, stir and serve.

Thick Cacik:
one 32 oz (907g) container plain Yogurt.
one clove garlic (minced)
One average size cucumber
one tablespoonful mint
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup hot water

Put 1 layer of cheese cloth across a standard strainer. Pour yogurt into cheese cloth. Set strainer in another bowl to catch the water and put in refridgerator over night. The yogurt will be thick enough for a spoon to stand in it.

At the same time, peel the cucumber and chop into pieces smaller than 1cm. Put cucumber into small bowl. Add water until cucumber is just covered. gently mix in salt. Put into refrigerator overnight. (this makes the cucumber tender I am told)

In morning drain water and rinse cucumber. Add cucumber and garlic to thick yogurt. If you have fresh mint, chop until fine and mix into yogurt.(about 1 Tbsp) If you have dried mint, mix with hot water for 20 minutes, then drain and mix into yogurt mix. Refridgerate for at least two hours, stir and serve.

I was served both of these at "arab" resturants in Adana. One waiter thought I was going to stab his hand with a fork when he tried to take the red one away before I was done. Try them and if you like them feel free to post them.

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Heimagin,
Thank you for letting me post my very own recipes! :P I don't need to try them because I already know both recipes that you send. They are very common and none of them is called red cacik. As you said "Roy
Baba" is a Turksih appetizer under an Arab name. First one is
"Yogurtlu Kozlenmis Kirmizi Biber" the second one is "Suzme Yogurtlu
Salatalik". I'll post both of them, but I don't know when. I have
another way to make the second recipe but the result is the same:) I also will post another version of it eaten with Chicken Doner within a few weeks. There is so many varities of appetizer recipes like many other dishes in Turkish Cuisine. Even adding of small ingredient gives the dish significant differences and every region of Turkey has so many different kinds of dishes and names. This variety of dishes seems
endless to me:) Turkish women are very creative. They love to cook and cooking is a way to express themselves:)

I already posted Roasted Red Pepper and Roasted Eggplant recipes, you
will find an easy way to peel the red pepper, otherwise the skin
doesn't come off easily, here is the address:
I also posted a Creamy Yogurt recipe under the Yogurt recipe, here is the address:

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently had the opportunity to try some Turkish food and my most favorite is what I am here looking for a recipe for. I have no idea what the name is but they were little balls made with carrots and perhaps walnuts and they were covered with coconut....any idea of what these were?

At 11:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

What you are asking is Havuc Tatlisi (Sweet Carrot Balls). I did notpost it yet, but I'll post it for you soon:)

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ACIKA is georgian way of saying(perhaps in Georgian).My grandma is from Hendek with Georgian Background.Thanks a lot for the recipe,i miss a lot that taste :)


At 9:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Esra, thank you for the information, that helps a lot:) You're very welcome, hope you enjoy it as much as I do:)

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur, Could you post a recipe for soslu patlican? I can't seem to find one but I know it had a spicy sauce with tomatoes, green pepper, garlic, onion and parsley. Thanks!

At 6:55 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

We love Eggplant and we cook it so many different ways. I have a few
on the waiting list... I'll post them for you in the future:)

At 4:43 PM, Blogger dean said...

Would you share some of your favorite pastirma recipes? Thanks. Dean

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Dean,
Sure, I would love to share some pastirma dishes, I'll post them in the future:)

At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also can't wait for the Havuc Tatlisi favorite

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance you have a recipe for media dolma... or even just the stuffing?

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I have a long request list. But I have already planned to post it..hopefully soon:)

At 3:24 PM, Blogger The Chef said...

Yummm to these recipes... Zuchini with Walnut Dip sounds especially yummy to me! You should share your appetizer recipes with the members at - I'm a member there and it's a great place.

Keep up the good work.

At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

turkish cuisine is amazingly flavorful, but one thing I noticed is that people usually ignored the presentation. and for this reason, i honestly think you revolutionized the turkish cuisine. great photography, great presentation. great taste. way too go! best of luck for you.

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Melanie said...

Merhaba Binnur :) Do you have a recipe for Havuç Tarator? The market near our house in Fenerbahçe makes a great one, but I would love to make it at home. Thanks!

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Melanie:)
Isn't it Haydari with Carrots? I think only the names are different. I love to decorate it with walnut halves but if you do not like, don't use it:)

At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Melanie said...

Merhaba Binnur, you are correct! Haydari with Havuç looks just like Tarator. Thanks :) Do you also have a recipe for Kabak Çiçeği Dolma?

At 4:39 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Melanie, Yes I have, it is one of my grandma and mother's recipe....I am going to post it hopefully soon:)

At 7:04 PM, Blogger lisa said...

How about a recipe for the seaweed mezze that is sometimes served in the fish restaurants?

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lisa,
It is not easy to find it here. Most of the seaweed is sold directly to the wholesalers or restaurants.

At 10:41 PM, Blogger lisa said...

Well, problem is , I found it and don't know how to cook it! HELP! It won't stay fresh long! Do I boil it?

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lisa,
Seaweed has so much salt in it.
You should soak the seaweed into the water to release the excess salt.
Then if you like, boil or saute with olive oil. Or use as is fresh,
then dress it up with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, crushed red
pepper and mashed garlic.

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binur-

I tried to get my mother-in-laws recipe but my husband forgot. I've looked for good dolma recipes to be used with grape leaves-but none of them seem to be like my mother-in-law makes...Do you have a recipe for it?
Cok Sagol,

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Amanda,
There is so many varieties of main dish recipes like many other meze, salad recipes in Turkish Cuisine. Even adding of small ingredient gives the dish significant differences and every region of Turkey has so many different kinds of dishes and names. I would like to help but I
don't know which region's sarma recipe you are asking for:)
On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box.
So you can search on my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to find any recipe that I have posted. I've already posted different kind of dolma and sarma recipes. You can use dolma and sarma words to search in my blog:)

At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Jen said...

Hi Binnur,

Oh I am SO happy to have found your site! I love Turkish food but I live in LA and it is impossible to find it here! I eat it non-stop whenever I go to my company headquarters in Germany.

Many of the dishes I love are made in some kind of special oven cookware. Can caste iron be substituted for it and have the same effect?


At 10:26 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jen,
Yes you can, ironware or earthenware (Guvec/ terra cotta) give so much more taste than the regular oven proof dish.

At 12:32 AM, Blogger sean said...

Searching everywhere for a recipe for Soslu Patlican. It was an eggplant dish with a somewhat spicy sauce, peppers, tomatoes, onion. Can you help?

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sean,
It is right over there:)
Fried Eggplant & Green Pepper (Patlican Biber Kizartmasi). Here is the address;

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Alison said...

Hi there - this site is brilliant. I love Turkish food!

I'm trying to find a recipie for something I ate lots of in Kalkan last summer.

It's a kind of dip, a darker colour than hummus and make with chopped nuts. I think it either started or ended in the letter K. Do you know what I'm talking about by any chance? Do you have a recipe? I realise I'm being quite vague....!

I'd love to make it!

Thank you. Alison

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Alison ,
I need more information about what you are asking for. I would think it is probably Kuruyemis Ezmesi. It is a combination of the ground nuts with honey or molasses.

At 4:50 AM, Anonymous Ade said...

Hi Binnur

Have just returned from Turkey (yesterday) and want to find a recipe for a red chilli sauce I had with a kebap. It was thinner (more runny) than chilli ezme, and was poured over the cooked meat. Any ideas?

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Please check the Kebab section. You may find it there:)

At 11:26 AM, Blogger paulina said...

Just returned from Turkey and my kids loved the stuffed muscles on the beach - i was wondering if there was a way to recreate this perhaps in a seafood type rissotto? any ideas?

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Paulina,
The taste of stuffed muscles are totally different than risotto but it is a good idea:) I am going to post it hopefully soon:)

At 4:54 AM, Blogger cooldude said...

As salaam u alai kum Binnur,

Firstly, would like to thank you for the good work. You are fantabulous. May Allah bless you with the best of the both worlds.

I have got a request. I have been to Australia, there i happened to eat turkish food and believe me Wallahi i am in love with Turkish Cuisine. I tasted a dip there which had onions, red pepper and creamy thing i guess yogurt in it. It was fabulous i really miss it. I want you to help me here.

Will be really thank full.

God Bless.
Hayyak Allah.

Muhammed Shuaib.

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Muhammed,
Thank you:) I am going to post it in the future:)


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