Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Sunday, November 20, 2005


1 pkg Pizza Dough (630 gr)
2 tbsp flour

250 gr medium ground beef
1 small onion, grated
3 tbsp water

1 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk
50 ml extra virgin olive oil

8x8x2 (2L) pyrex dish

Sprinkle some flour on the table. Give a long, tube-like shape to the dough. Cut in 24 equal pieces (picture). Put aside.

Knead all the filling ingredients in a bowl. Open up each dough piece sideways and put a tablespoon of the filling inside. Close it up tightly and place them in the pyrex (grease first) with the closed parts facing the bottom.

Whisk all the sauce ingredients. Pour all over the dough in the pyrex.

Preheat the oven to 175 C (350 F). Place the dish on the middle rack and bake for about 40 minutes until light golden brown. Serve Cantik (pronounced similar to "john took") while still hot with Ayran.


At 11:30 AM, Blogger esintiler... said...

"Cantık"la karşılaşmak çok güzel!
Uzun zamandır yemeye yemeye unutmuştum. Atalarımın bu güzel lezzetini hatırlattığın için sağol! En kısa zamanda yapacağım!

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Sirince,
Memleketten uzakta olunca unuttugumuz yemekleri hatirlamak daha kolay oluyor:)) Senin de benim gibi hamur islerinden hoslanman ne guzel. Senin orada yogurt kaymagi bulma imkanin var sosun icine 1-2 kasik ilave edersen daha da lezzetli olur:)

At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cantik is also known as Tava Lokumu. For some reason whether I make stuffed peppers or wrapped leaves my meat always seems to stay clumpy/dry so did my Cantik filling. What am I doing wrong? How can I get my meat dishes moist and tender? Thanks.

At 12:48 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Did you try my recipes? I can give you some pointers:
- You should use medium or regular ground beef, never use lean or extra lean. If you can't find medium or regular ground beef, I would add some olive oil and butter.
- Make sure you put enough rice and water, if not, it'll be dry.

Hope this helps,

At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks. I will let you know how it turns out the next time I make the Yaprak Dolmasi. You blew my mind away by using Pizza Dough for the Cantik. I never would have thought of it. Very clever.

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to try this recipe, but unfortunately I’m not able to buy the pizza dough. Can you advise me possibly of what other dough I can use or make? Thanks :)

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

You can use any of the dough in the pide recipes that I've already posted. I am going to post another pide recipe within a week:)

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you add un-cooked beef mixture, or should it be cooked prior to adding.

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Ground beef filling should be uncooked.
Take care,

At 3:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bnd bi Tatarım ve çok güzel anlatmışsın teşekkürler:))

At 3:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister is very happy to have some recipes from your site
She is an indian-indonesian married to a turkish man.
She loves to cook and try new recipe and she's very happy to try your recipe for her husband
Thx very much :)
by the way cantik in indonesian means beautiful :)


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