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

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

About this site

Me in our Dining Room
I am a Turkish housewife and mother who has been living in Canada since 1995. Somehow during my free time, I always find myself in the kitchen. I grew up in a traditional Turkish household and have been cooking traditional Turkish meals for decades.

In early 2005, my daughter and I thought it might be a good idea to post my recipes online, so that other people can be introduced to Turkish cuisine, which is one of the most varied and overlooked cooking styles. Since I moved to Canada, I've often wondered why no one knows much about Turkish cuisine in North America, considering that Turkish cuisine is one of the three largest kitchens in the world in terms of variety along with Chinese and French.

So this is the result: Turkish Cookbook. I hope you will enjoy the delicious, healthy and simple-to-prepare dishes that Turkish cuisine has to offer. Usually our recipes are heavy on vegetables and grains, and the most commonly used meat is lamb. We have many seafood dishes as well since Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides.

Please feel free to leave any comments, suggestions or questions here on the site, or you can email me directly at And make sure to check back often as I'll be adding recipes once or twice a week.

My daughter and I recently added a section for International Recipes that I've collected over the years as a result of living abroad for so long. Some of them we've enjoyed and others not. :) I decided to share the better recipes that are now a part of my repertoire.




At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Ellerinize saglik. Ben, henuz guney Afrika'dan Almanya'ya tasindim ve sayenizde icinde yemek kitaplari olan paketleri acmama simdilik gerek yok. Keza, normalde, zamanim kisitli oldugundan, siradisi ama yine de lezzetli yemekler yiyoruz: Endonezya, Tayland, Bati ve Orta Avrupa, Guney Afrika ve Cin yemekleri evimizin genel yemek repertuvarlarini olusturuyorlar. Ama, arada bir usuluyle turk yemegi yemek istedigimizde ozurlu kaliyoruz.

Neyse, girisiminiz beni birkac acidan cok sevindirdi: Bildiginizi aktarma hevesi ve website acmaniz (verimlilik) bunlardan ilk aklima telaffuz edebildiklerim. Tebrik ederim

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur!

What a great site! I have to be honest - this is the only site I found online that had authentic Turkish dishes. Other sources are usually designed for Western tastes. I am from Kyrgyzstan, and had a lot of Turkish food growing up. All my favorite dishes are on your site.

San Francisco

At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,
I was very happy to find your web site. The reason why is, I have been trying to learn how to cook traditional Turkish dishes for my husband. I am an American and my husband is from Kars, Turkey. He really misses some of the dishes you have on your site. I really appreciate your efforts in making such a wonderful web page. I will try to start making some of these recipes and with your instructions, I'm sure they will be perfect. I look forward to trying each of them. Thank you so much!
Best Wishes,

At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a great site! It's so well-designed, simple and easy to use! I was thrilled to come across it. I lived in Turkey as a child (in Eskisehir and Istanbul and I have really missed all the great foods of my childhood. It's very hard to find real Turkish recipes--but here I found Mercimek corbasi and borek!! Everything I've made so far has tasted great. Thanks a lot for all of your work.

At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great site! I just stumbled across it looking for tomato recipes. The recipes look so good and pictures! I love photos so I can see how pretty the recipes are.

Tonight I'm making the tomato salad. I can't wait to try the others. They look delicious.

I read an article on Turkish cooking in an old Eating Well magazine. The recipes were delicious and different than the ordinary.

Thank you and your daughter for sharing your recipes.

Terry in Florida

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Warest Wishes from Turkey ;)
please take a look at this links, our members loves u :)

Please, add more recipes... Please keep up your great works.

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warmest** that is

At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site!!!


At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy that I found this site and can't wait to try the recipes. We lived in Turkey for 18 months and had many great Turkish dishes. I never thought that I would be able to make them until now.

Thank you so much.

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings too from Canada and thank you so much for this site! I am new to Turkish cuisine but am already a great fan of manti. The one thing I would love to try is a real kalmakly dondurma (ice cream). Is it possible to make it at home?

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I'm glad you like Turkish Cuisine :)
I wish I knew the recipe for real "Kaymakli Dondurma". I will ask my relatives in Turkiye and will post it if they know...

Take care

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to tell you that I am thrilled to have found this site! I was an exchange student in Turkey (Istanbul) years ago and have very fond memories of the experience. I've really missed a lot of the dishes you have posted and can't wait to try them out on my family. I would love to find a recipe for Turkish style rice pudding; as I recall, there were two versions; one that was served cold topped with cinnamon, and another that was broiled on the top that had the most delicious flavor!

Thanks again for taking the time to share. Afiyet olsun!


At 11:40 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Kim,
I am glad that you like Turkish food. If there is anything else
that you miss that I don't have on the site, please let me know and I
can post it:)
I am going to post Sutlac and Firinda Sutlac soon:)

Thank you...Sevgilerimle,

At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations. I love your site. I visited my boss's home this weekend and his wife asked me for some Turkish recipes. Normally I translate my favorite(s) to English but this site is beyond my expectations. I can find everthing in it. Without doubt, I will recommend it. Thanks again.
Onur, North Carolina

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Onur,

Thank you for the nice comments, I really appreciate it:)


At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Fabulous site! I've searched the web on occasion to make an authentic turkish meal for my husband! And today I found your site by total accident! Thank you Thank you Thank you! He misses Istanbul so very much, the people, the food. So at least now I can suprise him with a meal to remind him of home!
Thank you so much! I will keep your site in my favorite file to come back often!


At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO all who find this site. This is the best site for real recipes. I have lived in Ankara as well as Adana. And since coming back to the States more than 10 years ago, I have always been looking for a traditional Turkish establishment to eat. All this to no avail.

These recipes are basically the same recipes used for many generations in Turkey. I showed my mother in law (ex) one of your recipes and she just nodded in approval, and smiled. She later commented that now I know her secret recipes.

THank you so much for such a great site.

At 4:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this site!
It is so nice to be able to make Turkish dishes in my kitchen in Australia. It takes away a little bit of the homesickness :)

Looking forward to more yummy recipes!

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba, Binnur hanim!

Ellerinize saglik! Due to my husband's work we travel throughout the world, and are in Ecuador now. Just imagine, how exciting it is to cook Turkish food from local ingredients! I love the recepies and really appreciate your great effort in sharing it with people! Keep up! tesekkurler.

Anna Durmus

At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site, but just as a tip, your turkish-english translations could have more Turkish Humburger....its not a hamburger at all, it would be much better if you called it something along the lines of: Traditional Turkish Meatballs

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While perusing food sites and blogs, I came upon your Turkish Cookbook! Many many memories of my childhood came to me. My parents were born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. My father spoke 5 languages and Turkish was one of them.

I grew up with many dishes in the Turkish Cookbook. I had no idea of the origin of the foods i ate. Thank you!

Sonya in the U.S.

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely site and thanks for sharing your pleasures with us. I am an Englishman living in Turkey at the moment. I mostly eat in (because I love buying the fresh fruit and veg and yufka, fish, simit, meat, etc etc). Interestingly, Turkish supermarkets aren't crazy like they are back home flying strawberries in in winter. They just sell what's fresh - in abundance.

At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am an avid, and at one time, a working cook/chef. I am also a webdesigner and developer currently living on the southcoast of Turkey in Dalyan. I write this to applaude and congratulate you on an extremely well done website. Let me say that again...extremely well done website. From the recipes, to the photos of the dishes, to the layout and design of the entire site, I am totally dazzled. Cok Cok Guzel.

Thanks for your great taste, vision, and effort to bring the fabulous food of Turkey to a large audience who can now learn what some of the best culinary delights in the world are...

Gule Gule
Ken Curtis
Dalyan, Turkiye

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Ken,
I really enjoyed reading your comments:) Thank you for all the kind words you said about my cooking, pictures, and the design of the site (which my daughter did). Thank you on behalf of her too :)

Kendine iyi bak, Sevgilerimle

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Peter,

Thank you for the nice comment. We Turks love to cook and eat seasonal
vegetables and fruits. We have dishes for 4 seasons...because having them seasonal gives the best taste. Eating is a big, enjoyable part of Turkish culture:) For example winter strawberries don't even smell like summer strawberries and there is no taste. We patiently wait to have it in June:) Now it's time to have Quince, orange,
mandarin/tangerine, Chestnut Kebap (I already posted it),
pomegranate.....I'll post classic Turkish dessert Quince in Kaymak
(thick Turkish Cream) for you soon:) Enjoy having healthy and
delicious Turkish dishes while you are there:)


At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a great site!

lot's of valuable recipes and everything is very clear -- no need for guesses..
and such a wonderful creative outlet, i would guess.



At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur Hanim,
Let me say what an excelent job you have done on your web site great lay out and thankyou for sharing. I came across as i was looking for a ADANA KEBAB recipe. I am far away from Turkiye like your self and its always to see great Turkish material on the web.
By the way you made feel like I wanted all the food on the site .....
Please check out our site as well
With kind regards From Australia.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Thank you very much for your comments:) I really wanted to create a site which is a good source of Turkish Food, and I am hoping that it
will be of use to others:)
I checked out your site and will add it to my links :)

At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou for your offer to put our site as a link it would be an honour to be linked to your site. And we will do the same if its OK with you.

Ahmet Saner

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

You're very welcome:) I already linked your site in the English
section, it would be great if you can link me too:)

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

Thank you very much for your the most delicious recipes. I've been to Antalia and fell in love in Turkish food.
We went to some restaurant and we were served an appetizer which that taste of which I cannot forget until today (it was 5 years ago). I know it had humus, chicken and wlnuts in it. Could you please advise me what else might be in that salad?
Would you please write to my e-mail:
Thank you very much!

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for a fantastic site full of delicious recipes with great pictures and clear instructions. I definitely appreciate it and will enjoy making the recipes and sharing the food with my family.

At 8:57 PM, Blogger selim bey said...

excellent site bravo. now people who visit your site will know that the turkish cuisine ranks among the three best in the world --chinese, french and of course turkish. good to see
you on www. good luck. tebrikler. selim bey

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Selim Bey,
Thank you. It's my mission to introduce Turkish Cuisine to the World:)

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Merhaba Binnur hanim,

Love the site and it's great to find the recipes I had the chance to try when I was stationed in Malatya. Haven't had trouble with any of them yet, and the Iskender Kebap reminds me of a little kebapci we used to visit when we were picking up vehicles over there. Thanks again, and I'll be checking back often to see what you and your daughter have posted

Gule Gule

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Jay,
Thank you. I am glad you like the recipes. Some little places cook the
best dishes. I used to love to go these places.. I can't go anymore
though, living in north america:(
Gule gule:)

At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your site. I am married to a wonderful Turkish man, and for a while now, I've tried to learn how to cook Turkish food, through cookbooks, and through his mother who speaks no English and I speak no Turkish. I finally decided to look on-line and I stumbled on to your site. I've tried a couple of your recipes and my husband LOVES it! So, thank you very much. Please (if possible) can you post a recipe for my husbands favorite...chekofte (Raw meatballs)? I'd love to make it for him one day. Thanks!

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Binnur! Like the last poster, I am also married to a wonderful Turkish man and absolutely LOVE the Turkish cuisine. Thank you for your fabulous recipes and website. Keep up the good work!

Cok ellerinize saglik!

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you very much Erin, senin de ellerine saglik:)

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you very much for the nice comment, I really appreciate it:) We
used to eat original Cig Kofte (cig means raw) but not anymore:) After
madcow disease we don't eat raw meat. So I now make cig kofte without
raw meat. I will be posting it soon on the site:)

At 12:19 PM, Blogger R.G. said...

Hi Binnur!

Thanks for posting these delicious recipes! I was getting tired of cooking until I found your site!


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

Selam Binnur,

Your site is really looking great! I just discovered it last week and I love the way you clearly describe your recipes and the pictures that are coming with the recipes. I am definetely going to try something new from your site. I am Dutch, however my fiancee is Turkish so I learned quite a lot from him and my family in law who are living in Ankara.
Would you have by any chance a recipe for peynirli/sucuklu pide (the one shaped like a small boat)? I have eaten it several times (the best one on the otogar in Ankara :) ) but I can't find a suitable recipe for it.

Cok tessekürler!


At 10:47 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Selam Meike,
Thank you for the lovely comment:) You are asking about Karadeniz
Pidesi, it could be with cheese, ground beef, egg, sucuk or
pastirma.....I just realized how I haven't posted it yet! Sure I'll
post it soon:)

At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the website!
I stayed in Turkey for several months and came to love some of the foods. One of my favorites was a dish called Chicken tava. I also loved the white cheeses served for breakfast. I also loved the Cacik!!
Will have to tryout some of your recipes! Thanks..

At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all of your recipes and pictures. My boyfriend is from Turkey. He has been in the United States for 10 years. Sometimes we eat certain food and I dont know the name of it but with your pictures I am able to find it and make delicious food for him. There is a dessert we ate that I can not find the name or recipe for. It has a smiliar taste to Boklava but it is in the shape of a tube/then formed into a circle. Do you know what I am talking about?
Thank you so much

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Annie said...

Binnur... What a wonderful place to learn Turkish recipes... I really love it! I am not turkish but there are many turkish people in the coast of our country and we love your amazing food! I would like to ask you about "Turkish delight" (Lokum) dessert... can you teach us that delicious recipe? Thank you very much!!!


At 10:27 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am glad that I help you find Turkish recipes that you like:) What you are asking is Bulbul Yuvasi, and sure I am going to post it for you in the future:)
Take care,

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Annie,
Thank you for the lovely comment, I really appreciate it:) I've been
receiving so many mails requesting Lokum, I am going to post it
soon. I hope you will all like it:)

At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, write a book. This is one of the best cookery sites I've ever seen, and from one of the planets finest cooking traditions to boot. Cheers and thanks for the effort!

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you for giving me support to publish a book, I've been working on it:)

At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur

Congratulations for setting up a blog site like this about Turkish Cusine.
As I see lots of people benefit from it.

Kitap ne zaman cikiyor ya da cikti mi? :)


At 10:56 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Enis,
Thank you:) Kitap daha cikmadi ama cikmasina az kaldi:)

At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello binnur, i m just backin montreal from turkey where i ve met my long lost turkish dad and just felt in love with turkey , its culture and its food! love your site!! maybe i couldnt find it, but do you have any recipe for mantis? thanks!!! fatih

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Fatih,
I am sorry for your loss. I am glad you like Turkey which has such a great culture, history and cuisine:) I have already posted the recipe for making manti in an easy way, here is the address;

On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box.
So you can search just my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you
to find any recipe that I posted:)

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba! im not turkish but i lived in istanbul for few months and i fall in love with your culture!!!
thanks for sharing the recipes i hope you still making this for a long time....
im from guatemala my name is Bernardeth (call me Berny)

At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba...........Binnur! I'm Canadian but for 25 years heve been married to a Turk from Izmir. I love your site.......... your recipes are so good and authentic............I use them all the time. thanks ever so much....Cok Guzel!!!!!!!!!

At 10:39 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Berny,
Thank you, I am pleased that you love our culture:) I am hoping to continue to introduce Turkish cuisine as long as I can:)

I thank you too for the lovely comment:) All the credit goes to my mum for the recipes from Izmir and around. I learned them all from her who is a great cook:)

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur... I have apricots (prunes and raisins) and I would like to prepare a good recipe for this weekend, maybe with meat or poultry and accompained with a good rice. Please, can you suggest one of your recipes for me? than you very much

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Annie,
As a main course I would suggest, Lamb Kavurma, Lamb Tandir or Lamb with Garlic in the Oven. Apricot Couscous as a side dish goes very well with the lamb.
As a dessert you can use the prunes to make Prune dessert with Walnuts
Or, again choose one of the lamb dish, Pilaf and Raisin Compote are on the side. As a dessert make Apricot Dessert.

On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box. So you can search just my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to find any recipe that I posted:)

At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 1:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you Ester:) It's crispy, yummy and delicious....I am going to post it soon:)

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

So, do you have a hard copy book that we could buy?

I used to live in Hamtramck, Michigan, a city which is inside of Detroit, like a donut hole. We had several bakeries there that served borek / burek. I loved it. Now I am in Colorado, and cannot find any such ethnic foods or bakeries.

I am very happy to have found your site and e-marked it.

At 5:40 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Kareen & Mike,
Thank you:) I have been getting so many requests about a cookbook, so
I have started looking into it. I am going to announce it on the site
when I have something:) Hopefully it will be very soon.
Variety of Borek is pretty large in Turkish Cuisine. I am going to post more Borek recipes time to time. I hope you love them all:)

At 12:20 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you so much for creating this site!!! It is absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to try all of them. Also, looking forward to your cookbook!


At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur... just to say that I really miss your turkish and delicious recipes on this week... your cook book is full of new surprises... surprise us please!

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you Annie, ..posted:)

At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

I've browsed through most of your recipes and I must say that you're site is quite comprehensive and that everything looks totally yummie. I'm really happy to have discovered it. :)

I've tried food of various etchnics over the years, but I must admit that I only tried Turkish food recently at a local restaurant. They served a chicken dish called Afrodizyak Tavul (aphrodisiac chicken), which had some red peppers as well as dried fruits & grilled almonds and it was served in a kind of semi-sweet sauce (a little bit like Moroccan sweet tagines I guess). They also had a dish of fried calamare with a "tarator" sauce made with walnuts. I don't know if the Turks have a special recipe for fried calamare, but it was superb!
I'm wondering whether you would happen to have recipes similar to these dishes and sauces.

Thanks for letting me know and for all of your great work!

Caroline :)

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Caroline,
Thank you:) The chicken recipe is kind of familiar but not its name. Yes, we have special butter for calamari to make it crispy and delicious. We make Tarator sauce with different kind of nuts like walnuts or pine nuts... I am going to post them in the future.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger MrPickles said...

Hello Binnur, thank you so much for publishing these recipes. My husband to be is Turkish and I have always struggled to find Turkish recipes that I can actually follow! :) I will be making the Iskender soon, as well as the Red Lentil soup! mmmmmmm!

Thanks again!

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur, thanks for sharing your recipes here. I only know a few of Turkish dishes such as kebab and pide. I'll try the recipes later since these recipes are authentic and I can have healthier version of kebab.


At 8:59 AM, Blogger Indonesia Eats said...

Hello Binur,
It's nice to know your blog from my Indonesian friend who lives in Aussie. I also have the same problem here, so many Indonesian recipes on the internet but they are mostly in my language "bahasa Indonesia". Since I moved to Canada, I created my Indonesia-eats blog to share Indonesian recipes for non-Indonesian speakers.

At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

Great blog and recipes you have here. I'm always hungry after reading it!

I was wondering if you could suggest any really good Turkish restaurants in Toronto. I'd love to try some!


At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,
Have you ever heard of Osmane/Osmanisch Pan? It's a spicy meat and veg stew I've had in the Alanya region of Turkey. I've been searching for a recipe ever since. Can you help>

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ciaran,
It is a very special dish from the Ottoman era called Osmali Tava (Osmanish Pan). It
can be cooked with veal, beef or lamb. The variety of vegetables comes seasonally for this dish. In Turkey we have dishes for 4 seasons...because having them seasonal gives the best taste. Also every restaurant cooks it in a different way. You need to cook the meat first until it is soft. Then add butter, vegetables and spices. You can use tomato paste or crushed tomato, it depends on what kind of vegetables you are using. Place them in an oven proof dish (casserole). Put it in the oven and cook over medium heat until the meat is tender and vegetables are cooked. If necessary add some hot water occasionally. I've already posted some recipes with lamb or beef with the vegetables, here are the addresses;

Kuzu Etli Guvec;
Sebzeli Kuzu Tandir;
All the recipes that will give you the some idea. I am going to post more in the future:)
Take care,

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Chris,
Some Turkish restaurants have been opened and closed in Toronto for last 12 years. So I don't know there is one now here. But if you go to New York, there is Dervish Turkish Restaurant (146 West 47th Str.) . Couple of months ago last day of our trip we had
Egg Salad, Hummus, Sultan's Pleasure, Adana Kebab, Baklava, Kunefe with Turkish Coffee
for dinner over there. The well presented dishes were so delicious....we loved it. I am still upset that we found the restaurant our last meal of the trip:)

At 5:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi birnur im a turk living in sydney australia my family migrated here forty years ago. im a mother of four sons and married to an italian . my husband and i have an italian restaurant . i was just checking to see if i could see some turkish recipes and i stumbled across your site i think your pretty accurate I'd like to share some of my recipes with you although im limited to dishes from the agaen region because my family is from izmir anyway keep up the good work im going to try your homemade kaymak and ill let you know how i went, see ya.

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur,

I recently became a stay at home mum, after working full-time for many years so my cooking skills were not so great.

I came across your website some time ago and I check the site almost everyday for new receipe ideas. Your receipes are so easy to follow and work out very well each time.

My husband thanks you, but more so - I want to thank-you very much.

I love your website, please keep up the great work.

Dilek from Melbourne, Australia

At 4:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur Hanim,

Elleriniz dert gormesin.



At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,
Today I was searching for different and new recipes and I and somehow I came across your site. I just wanted to let you know it was FANTASTIC! There were so many recipes, easy instructions, great pictures and a vast variety of recipes. I have never cooked Turkish food (I am lebanese and husband is Iranian) but there are soooo many recipes I know my husband would love. I have bookmarked your page and will be visiting your site frequently!! I am so greatful I found your page!
( I only wish I found your site earlier during Ramadan!!)
Your friend from Sydney

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba binnur hanim;
Bu guzel sayfa icin size ne kadar tesekkur etsem azdir.Ben 8 sene butun ailemi turkiyede birakip amerikaya tasindim ve sayenizde ozledigim tum yemekleri yapabiliyorum.bugunde amazondan kitabinizi siparis verdim.Heyecanla bekliyorum.Her sabah en buyuk keyfim kalkip bilgisayarimi acik acaba Binnur hanim bugun ne post etmis diye web sayfaniza goz atmak...

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Damla,
Sabah keyfine beni de dahil ettigin icin tesekkur ederim, cok memnun oldum:) Evlendikten kisa bir sure sonra yurt disinda yasamaya basladik. Ilk sefer yanima hic bir yemek tarifi almamistim! Aklima gelen her yemegi, bir defterde topladim -hala defteri sakliyorum- Bazi tarfileri de annem mektup ile yollamisti:) Yurt disinda tarifsiz yasamak cok zor....ayrica kitabimi aldigin icin de tesekkur ederim:)

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

I absolutely LOVE this site! I am Turkish but sort of have a problem making spices work. With these recipes, I can make DELICIOUS Turkish food. Thanks so much!


At 5:19 PM, Blogger Aldebaran said...

Dear Binnur,
your website is FANTASTIC, congratulations. Thanks for sharing Turkish recipes in English. I love Turkey and Turkish food very much and I like to try preparing them. But the most recipes I used to try on the internet were not authentical or they were in Turkish, which was not too easy to use. I like your site very much and I am looking forward to try many of your recipes. Good luck in life and I hope to be one of your customers of your book.
Best regards from Katalin from Budapest, Hungary

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur!

Teşekkür ederim! This site is wonderful and I am glad to find recipes for authentic Turkish food. I just got back from 3 weeks in Turkey and fell in love with the food. I miss it so much and want to share it with family and friends here in the US. I plan on making Red Lentil soup for some on Friday! I was very excited to find a recipe for asure too!

At 2:16 PM, Blogger L Vanel said...

I also love Turkish food and culture and have really appreciated your recipes for a long time now. I thought I'd stop in and let you know.
-Lucy Vanel

At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur Hanim merhaba,
Ben de Toronto'da yasiyorum. Internetten yemek tarifleri arastirirken web sitenize rastladim. Cok kaliteli bir site, sizi tebrik eder ve tesekkur ederim..

Bengu Onay

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

What an extraordinarily wonderful site - clear and well-designed and with such a generous supply of recipes! Seventeen years ago I first visited Istanbul - we went there overland, walking for six months from the Baltic - and Turkey was an explosion of colour and good cooking.
It's been my obsession ever since: when I started to write a series of detective novels set in Ottoman Istanbul I knew my hero had to be a great cook, too.
May I raid your recipes for further inspiration?!

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jason,

Of course, you may.

Thank you for your nice comments.
I would like to know more about your detective novels.

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the permission - I'll keep you posted! nb the books are called The Janissary Tree and The Snake Stone, set in 1830s Istanbul - with an Ottoman eunuch investigator. You can find them on amazon, of course; also in Turkish...
Keep up the good work - I'm planning a turkish feast for Saturday.

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful recipes. I have been buying turkish biscuits and pastries at a shop in north London but now I know what I have been having for my Saturday breakfast! Whilst a very lazy cook, I will endeavour to be a bit patient and prepare a healthy meal even just for my sake...

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

hi, i just want to say thank you sooo much for ths website!
i am married to a turkish man living in the UK, he is really missing home so i thought it would be nice to try and cook him some turkish food (never cooked anyting before!!)I come across this website which is brillent.
My husband now loves to come home from work to see what different things i have cooked for him, he loves the smells, reminding him of home.
Thank you so much for your easy and simple reciepes. Thank you for making my husband happy and thank you for introducing me to cooking!! I actually really enjoy it!! I can't thank you enough x x

At 7:14 AM, Blogger wildrose said...

Hi Binnur,
Your site rocks! Thanks for posting your recipes with such colourful pictures. I am a Canadian living in multicultural Berlin and enjoying lots of Turkish cuisine (besides döner!).
Keep it up!

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Thistlemoon said...

Great to see more Turkish food in the food blogosphere!

At 1:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

I just cannot believe how I missed your web site before. I cannot leave the site now. Thank you so much for bringing the Turkish food even when we are away from Turkiye. I always look for these recipes. I cannot wait to try all these. I also give this web site address to my friend who loves Turkish food.
I cannot say enough thank you for this web site.
Thank you very much
I am so proud that you brought up the Turkish Food to where it should be. I never understand how come Turkish Kitchen is not knowing much, but your site will help a lot on this.
Please never stop
Thanks a lot
Best wishes

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mutfagimizin ozellikle Kanadalilara tanitilmasi konusunda cok mukemmel bir hizmet. Gonulden tesekkurler & calismalarinizda basarilar.

At 3:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,
I am so happy to have found your website! I have lived in Toronto for most of my life and grew up in a very Turkish household.. My Anne is a great cook and my Baba was a great eater!! Anyway I ended up marrying an Egyptian man and have lived in Egypt now for almost 5 years. Some dishes that my mother used to make, I missed so much. Most of the websites are not clear, no pictures etc. Yours is truly fantastic.. Insallah seneye T.O. kavusucam :)) I'm sorry we never met in Toronto you seem like a wonderful lady! Thanks to your daughter as well for a well done website. Hope the turkish community is doing well in T.O. I think it's about time there was a Turkish Restaurant there that would stay open!! Anyway.. just wanted to say .. Ellerine saglik .. keep up the good work and helping me extend my turkish cooking.
Elif from Egypt

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Annématique said...

Great to find your website. I came back from my holidays in Istanbul yesterday and was looking for a recipe for sahlep which we brought home. I will cook some more of your recipes as I really enjoyed eating in Istanbul.

Regards from Anne, Berlin

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Filiz said...

Hi Binnur
Thanking you for all the great Turkish recipes you have put there for us to follow and make in the most easiest way possible I love our Turkish cooking but you have helped me with recipes new to me which I enjoy looking up to make I was born in Cyprus and have lived in London since 1960 once again a big thank you to you

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Dalin said...

Merhaba Binnur,
cok tesekkur ederiz about this great website. I am original turkish-Palestenian who lives in New Mexico, US for about10 years, along with my husband who is from Kastamonu, Turkey. We enjoyed these very delicious Turkish Recipes very much along with our friends and families, especially during the month of Ramadan, since when fasting and feeling hungry we can not stop thinking about what to prepare for iftar and seeing all these delicious meals I just was encouraged to make all the recipes at once to enjoy them when breaking the fast, but my energy ran out quickly :) I just discovered this website just this month and I loved it. Thank you and your daughter for doing such an outstanding job :)

At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Greetings from Midwest City, Oklahoma. My oldest daughter is teaching English at an elementary school in Bursa (how she got there is another story) and keeps talking about the great food there.

I was looking for Turkish recipes to try so we could find out what she has been raving about and found your site. I'll be spending a lot of time on it and even more time trying your recipes.

Thanks so much for putting together such a wonderful resource.

Wesley Smith

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Binnur,
I just discovered your wonderful site while searching for more info on pul biber. We learned about Turkish cuisine while living in Germany, but since returning to US, have had a hard time finding ingredients or good restaurants. I can't wait to surprise my husband with a home-cooked Turkish meal -- your menu plans are a great touch.

I picked up some pul biber just before we left Germany. Do you have any advice on how to use it or if it is known by another name? I see it called "Aleppo pepper" on some other web sites, but it doesn't look like the Aleppo pepper I bought once in Seattle. Is it interchangeable with Aleppo pepper?

Many thanks for your help and for sharing your recipes on such a great site!

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Toronto! Thank you for sharing your recipes! I've recently discovered Turkish cuisine (thanks to my brother-in-law who lived there for a a couple of years and makes a mean Ezogelin Corbasi) and it's just wonderful. I look forward to making the recipes that you have grown up with.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Manju,
Thank you:) Turkish Pul biber has a noticeable taste than the other hot peppers:) You can use crushed red pepper instead of pul biber.
Take care,

At 4:29 AM, Blogger Mrs Ergül said...

Merhaba Binnur,

I'm so glad to have found your site! I can have 'wow' my hubby with traditional Turkish food!

çok teşekkürler! kendine iyi bak!

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just begun to read, but these recipes look delicious.

I was searching for a recipe for rice with a crust in the bottom. I've had it at a restaurant once, and seen it mentioned other times.

Does Turkish cooking do this? I looked at the pilaf recipes.

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

There is so many variety in Turkish cuisine. I don't know which one
you are asking for:) But, I am going to post more Pilaf recipes in the future.
Take care,

At 2:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,
Thank you so much for the great site. I came across the site while I was looking for turkish recipes because I am from Iraq and as you know Iraqi cusine is full of Turkish recipes. All other sites do not contain that much of recipes and they do not post photos of the recipes. I congratulate you for this site and we are wiating for more recipes because I think the Turkish cuisine has alot to offer.

At 5:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I found your site today whilst searching for a baklava recipe. I am Turkish but was never taught much about how to cook it. I experiment usually with a pretty good result. Now that I have found this site I have book marked it and will be eagerly waiting for more of your recipes. Elerine salik. Meryem.

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur teyze,

i am a college student living alone in the US and i use your website almost every single day (sometimes more than once.) your recipes make me feel at home.. after using ur website for almost a year now i was curious to see what you looked like so i clicked on the 'about this site' section. i imagined from all your great recipes that you were similar to my grandma but when i saw ur picture i couldnt believe it valla ! you look so young !! :) keep up the great food!
çok teşekkür ederiz :) sevgilerimle,

At 7:27 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Burcu,
Thank you:) This picture was taken in 2005 May, so I am almost 4 years older now.
I have a 26 year old married daughter and 20 year old university student son, I am not that young, but thanks again for the lovely compliment:)
Kendine iyi bak, basarilar diliyorum:)

At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

just wanted to say a big thanks for all your tasty recipes! I'm a 23 year old guy in the military from Montreal and in the past year or so have suddenly gotten really into cooking. I started out doing a lot of traditional French-Canadian recipes from my mom and have since branched out to foods of various nationalities. After having an amazing meal in a Turkish restaurant while in New-York (the Tel Kadayif and Lebni in particular made me drool weeks after the actual meal experience) I searched and searched and finally found the name of what I was looking for (I did not know it at the time): Tel Kadayif! I found your site and tried the recipe and it came out great. I cook for my roommates on a regular basis for fun and they always enjoy your recipes. And best of all, when one knows where to look, msot of the “specialized” ingredients are readily available here. Also, are some of the pictures professionally taken? Like others said, the way the recipes are written and the accompanying pictures make them very clear to follow. Anyways, just wanted to say thanks to you and your daughter for opening my (well, our) taste buds to some new and very tasty stuff!

At 12:46 AM, Blogger lionessg said...

Merhaba Binnur Hanim,
I want to thank you for such a wonderful site with it's useful information and photos! çok çok guzel! My fiance` lives in Kahamanmaraş, Turkiye and while I am still living in Florida, this gives me the opportunity to learn his favorite meals, and some new ones for him to try, and he only has to see my successes and not my mistakes! I want to learn to prepare a good traditional Turkish meal for when I go in August visit and stay with him and his family for 2 months. His mother has already said if I can cook, she will love me! (She hates to cook!) I am not at all worried about Baba! As we sit on the webcam talking for hours on end, he will walk by and ask "how's our girl?" or "Hi Baby!" (He told Erkan "I've claimed her for our family" and while I may not understand what the true signifcance of that may be in a Turkish family, I can only assume it is a big step and a GOOD thing!) I need to learn to make a Turkish "pasta" (cake not noodles) for him, BUT I am BAFFLED by how to make Tea in a traditional çaydanlik! I know that to achieve the best flavor I need to "mix" a tea blend. I have 3 types of Turkish teas and just a small box of Earl Gray to add a nice hint of Bergamont. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for my tea blend? Also we found a new meditteranian resturant here that sells a salad that when I discribed it to him my fiance` told me it was his favorite! My daughter loves it as well. It was diced tomato, cucumber, cilantro and I think onion and vinegar. Do you have a recipe for this. I know it seems simple and the kind of recipe that would vary from family to family. I am just very concerned about making a good impression on my soon to be Mother In Law! I'm divorced and brining kids into the marriage. He has never been in a serious relationship. So I have to dazzle her with my culinary skills! At least I can usually pull of most international cusines. I am SO happy I found you to help however!
(I am even going to do nothing but study Turkish during the next 2 month while I am confined to bed to recover from some minor back surgery! I can study 8 to 10 hours a day if I need to! That HAS to impress her, right?) LOL! That and I am becoming Turkish in my heart!

çok teşekkür ederiz!

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Suzan,
I am so happy for you and wish you the best to all your family:)
Don't make any stress your mother-in-low and Baba will love you. They have already accepted you as their bride:)
They may not like Earl Gray and Bergamont. I would suggest that you ask them first if they like it. Turkish people love their Turkish çay!
For the salad, toss, cucumber, diced tomato, sliced (or diced) red onion, parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Also you may add a little bit Turkish pul biber-crushed red pepper (not for your daughter). Drizzle the olive oil and vinegar all over the salad.
You should very good take care of your self because of your back surgery. It can easily get serious! Get some rest and get well soon:)
Sevgilerimi yolluyorum:)

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful site...

I am a little late this year but do you have a recipe for Asure (Noah Pudding) please?

So many wonderful comsu are bring to me and I am newly married with Turkish man and so much to learn..

100 times thank

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Mrs Nazilli,
I've already posted the recipe for Asure which is under the Dessert Recipes section.
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.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Merhabalar Binnur Hanim :)
I just moved from germany to america and since my origins are going back to turkey and I grew up with delicious turkish food I really missed it here. I am living now (now since a week) in California/Tustin and really enjoy your webside and recipes. Thank you very much for your efforts. May our LORD bless you and your family for that..

At 9:33 PM, Blogger merryrose said...

Hi Binnur!
Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes.Best Recipe EVER!
love to cook all your FOOD.
More power and great website

best reagrds,

At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Shanis Dundar-Lin said...

Merhaba Binnur teyze,
I'm from Singapore & my husband is from Turkey Antalya. We live in Singapore and the only Turkish food you can find here are in expensive resturant. It's really great I came across your website! I've tried baking the Simit as per your receipe, it turns out amazingly, my husband is surprise how well it came out. He rated me 99%, that makes my day. Hopes in return, it makes your day too knowing how far your website and receipes have spread globally :) I'll try other receipes when i have the free time. Thank u.

At 3:22 AM, Anonymous Megan said...

Hi Binnur!

I am from South Africa. My friends and I have a "get together" for just us girls every two months and to keep it interesting we call our social - Around the World Dinner. It is a good way to keep connected in this busy world and it is the closest some of us will get to "travelling overseas" without finance. Anyway, each time we have at some one elses house, but everyone agrees I do the cooking:). (I love cooking and entertaining...)We do research on the country and discuss it while eating the traditional food. Well, this Friday we are "visiting" Turkey! I am so glad I came across your website! I noticed that many of the Lamb Casserole recipes are very similar to my usual recipe with the variation being one or two spices. What I was most excited about is the traditional beverages! Definitely going to try the coffee with cardamon and the lemonade with mint. Yum yum, can't wait! Thank you again! Keep well!

At 11:29 AM, Blogger laura said...

Hi Binnur,
I live in London but travel back and forth between UK and Finland most of the time and I have to say, doesnt matter where I cook your recipes, everyone loves it! Your site is excellent and so varied, don't know how can you manage to keep it up! :)
I was searching for your book, it doesn't seem to be published in UK and even second hand copies are hard to come by and seem to be very pricey - people understand the value of great chef when they see one!
So if I have one request, that would be please publish your book in the UK as well! :)

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Laura,
Thank you:) Unfortunately it's only available from Amazon's US site at But they can ship to UK:)Sorry for the inconvenience!
Take care,

At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur,

I have recently been in Turkey and am infatuated with the food. I have been making gozleme with the following fillings: potato with dill and caraway seeds, and spinach with allspice. Just wondered if you knew those fillings.
My real question is this - do you know what 'kapa kopeoglu' is? A waiter told me it was their restaurant's speciality. That was in Bodrum. Also in Bodrum, in a really nice restaurant called Berk Balik I saw 'cig balik' - I know this means 'raw fish' but it cost 7 lira so I guess it was a meze. Any idea what this would be? It made me think of something like ceviche... Thanks in advance

At 8:41 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I haven't been in Bodrum for about 20 years:) Although most restaurants have their own variations like filling of Gozleme. Also, they have their own special dishes that I don't know.

At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there
I had a dessert in Selcuk recently. It was a milk kind of dessert - it seemed to me it had tahini, fig juice, nuts and a light custard. Any idea what it is called or how to make it?

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I wish you could asked the name of the dessert. I've already posted Tahini Helva in the Oven (Guvecte Tahin Helvasi)
on Dessert section. It is similar to what you are asking.

At 12:53 AM, Blogger namirasy said...

hi, i am namira from indonesia.

i am going to present culture festival and i have to present turkish culture.

i want to ask u which food will be the best to serve, which indicate turkish, beside kebeb of course.
waiting for your reply at

thanks and regards

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Binnur

I was in Kusadası recently and had a kebab from a place in the old town - I think the owner said it was a special kind of kebab because they use a special bread - I think he said it was called something like 'puf'. Does this ring any bells with you?


At 8:01 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

No, it dosen't. I don't know any kebap called puf:)

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello Binnur

do you know patlican orta? I think it might be a Konya speciality. Also, tirit, bread salma and höşmerim helvası?


At 11:02 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am going to continue to post Turkish recipes one or two times a week:)
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.
Take care,

At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

MasaAllah! What a great site. Thank you for uploading all your recipes and the effort that you put in to it.


At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

I really like your blog. Since I leave in Germany, I have a chance to try Turkish food, because there are many Turkish restaurants hier. Before that I didn't know about it well. I'm interested also in food and culture, so I would like to learn more about Turkish food through your blog!

Perfect Earthian

At 2:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur
I love your website and check back frequently for updates!
When I was in Cesme this summer I picked up some Damla sakizi Macunu (Sakiz Receli). Problem is, I don't know what it is used for - I just thought it was something unique!
Do you have any suggestions?

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Simone,
Yes, it is unique:) This delicious jam belongs to the Aegean Region, like grape, mulberrie and fig jam..... Traditionally the jam is served to the visitors in small plates with water to welcome them:) You can have it if you crave something sweet:)

At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Ingrida said...

Binnur canım,
çok teşekkürler for these amazing recipes!! this site is a great idea, especially for me because I'm from Lithuania and I don't speak Turkish but I'm more than interested in Turkish culture and I'm a huge fan of its cuisine. thank you a lot for giving me a chance to cook these delicious dishes at home!

take care!!

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous jessica said...

i love this site! my boyfriend is turkish and i love cooking for him. i cant wait to surprise him with all these recipes. :)
thank you so much for this blog i love it!

At 6:40 AM, Blogger An said...

Dear Binnur,
no comments! Really great job u have done!...
I just adore your site!!!
thank you so much! :)

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Binnur. I have so many wonderful memories of living in Izmir, Turkey from 1965-69. I loved the food, the people, the sights! I found Turkish lentil balls in a farmers' market in Bethesda MD and looked online for recipes so I can make them myself. I'll be visiting your site for more recipes!


At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Babs said...

Thank you so kindly for posting these recipes. I have recently moved to Istanbul, but was frustrated because no one seems to use recipes here! It's so wonderful to have your recipes because you know what exact ingredients are available and don't require items we can't find here. Also, it's very helpful to have the North American measurements for the recipes since that's what I'm accustomed to from home. You are so generous for posting these. They are authentic, delicious and quite simple to follow. This web site has truly opened up a new culinary world for me. THANK YOU :)

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mehaa binnur hanim,,ben de sizn gibi 1998 yilindan beri kanada da yasiyorum,34 yasindayim,kiz arkadasm italyan asilli kanadali,beaberligimizin sizin recipe leriniz le dahada rnklendi,,kiz arkadasim kendisi cok aktif bir insan,ve turk erkeginin kalbine giden yolun mideden gectigini benimsemis,,sayenizde her turlu turk yemeklerini evde yemekteyim,ve inanin bir turk kadini kadar tad verebiliyor,,yani super,,cok tsekkurler,,

At 5:01 AM, Anonymous Bertan Atalay said...

Dear Binnur Hanim,

My English Wife, Jo, and I read your site with delight while I was taken to my childhood.

Your site is the reason Jo has been cooking my childhood's dishes along with a variety of shepherd's pie and everything English in between!! Jo admits the winner is clear - haven't asked what that meant. We now have Sunday roast with Kaymakli Kabak Tatlisi. I called that a compromise.

I need to stop messing around and go get groceries now.


Bertan Atalay
Turkish-Canadian, currently from the Netherlands.

At 5:06 AM, Anonymous Bertan said...

Binnur Hanim,

Neil above is asking for "puf boregi", not puf kebab, I think.


At 9:39 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


I am very happy to find your website. I am an American living in Turkey and I have been overwhelmed with cooking outside my comfort zone. This website has made me very excited to start cooking Turkish cuisine. Thank you!


At 7:55 AM, Blogger Jack said...

Hello Binnur

I have been lucky enough to have found this site whilst browsing for recipes. I must say it is absolutely fantastic, I have already tried some of the recipes and they have turned out great. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge.

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Yasemin said...

Merhaba Binnur!
I recently found your site, and I have to say it is just fantastic. Its very informative and well laid out. I am a Turkish teenager who has lived in America all their life but I have recently visited my relatives in Istanbul, and I fell in love with Turkish cooking while there. Your site is a way for me to always have a bit of Turkey with me here in the states!

Many Thanks

At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur, do you have a recipe for defina kebab?

Many thanks
Clive Osman

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hello Clive,
I've never heard of it! Is there another name for it and is it Turkish?

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heyo Binnur! My husband & Brother in law are wondering what part of Turkey you from. My Husband is from Mersin & my brother in law is from Ankara. I use your cook book every few days and sometimes they know the food well, other times they never heard of it before. So they are wondering what part of the Turkiye you are from (they have a bet going based on your ingredients, My husband have ten dollars riding you are from Trakya region.)

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am from Istanbul but my recipes cover all the regions:)

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

So happy that I found this site! cant wait to try your recipes! They all look very yummy! All my best wishes to you and your family!!

BTW: HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!! Im Chinese. =] Today is the first day of the yearb 2010 for chinese according to chinese lunar calendar.


At 10:30 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Kristi ,
Happy New Year:)

At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, it was nice meeting you yesterday, you have a great site!

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Peter,
Thank you:) I am also glad to have met you.

At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is probably the best organized website of any website on the internet. It is to the point, user friendly,FREE, updated often, well laid out and not too much clutter... I could go on and on. Msn, yahoo, ebay: you should all take a tip from Binnur!!!! Thank you Binnur for your hardwork. I am so appreciative to have this resource!! I will be buying the cookbook and just about anything else you offer. Thank you again.

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other day, I ate Kiymali Patates, a childhood favorite of mine. Would you have a recipe for that? it's not sophisticated, but it is yummy..

Zeynep from San Francisco

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Zeynep,
It is also called Patates Musakka or Patates Oturtma. I've already posted the Potato Moussaka under the "Lamb & Beef" section:)
It is one of my favourite, too.

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Pia Juul said...

I just LOVE your site and use it a lot. Really wanted to buy your cookbook but...
Living in Denmark I have to use Amazon UK and there I have to pay $42 (£28) instead of the mere $14 on - and I'm afraid it's a bit to much for my current economic situation.

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

theres soooo many recipes on here.
I have a turkish boyfriend and id like to start learning turkish dishes. Could u reccomend a list of turkish dishes thats traditional and alot of turkish households often cook. even things like how they make their rice..
thank uuuu

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I think it is better first for you to ask your boyfriend what kind of dishes he likes!

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Dana said...

Merhaba Binnur Hanim!
I ADORE YOUR SITE and your generosity! I was a foreign exchange student many moons ago to my beloved Turkish host family. (1980- we lived in Iskenderun) I returned in 1993 and stayed with my family who migrated to Istanbul after the death of my Baba (who was a retired judge). Ane was actually a teacher who taught in a private school- young women how to become Traditional housewives. I lost touch with my family after the earthquakes in mid 2000, in Istanbul. My sister Demet, was a banker for a British Bank and Senem worked at a Travel Agency. Every summer, when it is hot, here in the state of Missouri... My thoughts go go my beloved family. I start cooking Turkish food because the produce is fresh. I would give anything to converse with you more Binnur hanim after all of these years... my heart still aches for Turkiye! Tececuriderim (sorry for spelling)for giving me the sacred gift of your cheerished recipes to share with family and friends!I would be honored if you would give me tips on setting my home in a more traditional Turkish fashion, as I do get so homesick every summer!
Sevgilrimle hanim!As my Turkish family the Cimilli's always said, I welcome and leave you with Turkish/American kisses!

At 8:28 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Danush,

Thank you:) Believe me my heart aches every single day for my country, too.
I am hoping that I may be able to visit my country this year.

On the site, under the About this site on the right there is aStore, please click on it to see the books I've posted. Turkish Style and Living in Turkey by Stephane Yerasimos. I hope these books will help you:)

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear binnur,
im Jameela, from malaysia. i was trying to find info bout turkish food and i bumped in ur site which btw is so amazing and helpful. i have a question,

Is all of the food in ur site are traditinal turkish food??

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jameela,
Yes, they are all traditional Turkish and Ottoman recipes.

At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I live in Philly, my husband is a Turkish transplant and his birthday is coming up soon and I was trying to find him some quince since it's his favorite fruit and hard to get over here...any suggestions for online retailers that sell it because I cannot locate any grocer (US or Turkish) that sells them here...


At 11:03 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I may suggest you to search which is located in New York. It is a on line Turkish store.
btw quince is a winter fruit!

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


I am only echoing what so many people have said. Thank you for this wonderful site. I return to Istanbul tomorrow and will begin cooking immediately!

At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur, your recipes are all wonderfully thought out and very well written. After trying a few out to great success I will be promptly buying your cookbook. I have made the lamb pide, sis tavuk, bulgur pilar, roasted red pepper appetizer and borek. They were all wonderful.

At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just accidently past your site, I was wondering if you posted a halfmoon cookie filled with walnuts and sheera over the outside. Also the soup you serve at midnight New Year traditional. And finally easiest way to make another cookie roll that has smashed dates inside...sorry i dont know any names, hope you recognize them.
Cheers from Oman

At 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

thanx for ur wonderful recipes. I am a german-pakistani mother and like to cook turkish food. Recently I ate on a turkish festival some soft kind of biscuit-cake filled with a cream and rolled into coconut. Could u plzzzzzz tell me the recipe and the name of this sweet. plz post

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I'd love to help but I need more information:)

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Selam Binnur hanim,

Sayfaniz harika, bir Turk kadini olarak, sizinle ve sayfanizdan dolayi cok gurur duydum

Basirilarinizin devamina.

Saglicakla kalin.

Londra'dan Ahu.

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Turkey, perhaps for the food more than anything else.. I love your site, the pictures you take, descriptions and recipes of all the delicious food you share with the world..

After coming here regularly for a year I have a perhaps unusual request - a recipe for an Islak Burger!! Every time I'm in Istanbul I always end up at a Kizikayalar for a quick snack.. Definitely not traditional Turkish cuisine but great quick comfort food nonetheless.

Thank you for your site!

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to thank you for your lovely and excellent recipes. Thank you for sharing them. I've made so many of them, and they always turn out delicious.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Supurgesi Eksik said...

Sevgili Binnur Hanım,

İki yıldır Amerika'da yaşıyorum ve elimden geldiğince evde yemek pişirmeye çalışıyorum. Böyle bir site olduğunu yeni öğrendim, çok teşekkürler emekleriniz için. Yaklaşık bir aydır canım lahmacun çekiyordu fakat burada hazırlanabileceğini düşünmüyordum. Sora sizin pratik lahmacun tarifinizi gördüm ve denedim. Harika oldu, deneyen herkes bayıldı. Şimdi daha çok yapmamı istiyorlar :D

Size iki sorum olacak Binnur Hanım,

Börek (kıymalı, patatesli vs) yapmak istiyorum ama burada hazır yufka var mı bilmiyorum. Sizin bildiğiniz bir marka vs var mı burada satılan? Eğer yoksa da yufkanın tarifini verebilirmisiniz?

İkinicisi, ben kakaolu, cevizli ve çikolata parçacıklı bir kek yapmak istiyorum. Geçen bir internet sitesinden tarif buldum ama nedense başarılı olmadı, kekim çok katı oldu ve kabarmadı. Eğer sizde kakaolu ve çikolata parçacıklı (ceviz, badem, üzüm vs de olan) bir kek tarifi varsa verebilirmisiniz?

Çok teşekkürler. Başarılarınızın devamını dilerim.


New Orleans, LA

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Betul,
Cok tesekkur ederim:)
Yufka yapmak icin Gozleme hamuru kullanabilirsin. Yufka hamuru icin baska bir tarif daha yaziyorum;
2 kap sut
750 gr un
Hepsini karistir ve yogur. Biraz dinlendirdikten sonra, oklava ile acabilirsin.
Benim burada kullandigim phillo pastry ler bir kac degisik marka. Ayni markalarin orada oldugunu sanmiyorum. Marketlerin dondurucu kisimlarinda bulabilirsin.
Uzumlu-Cevizli Kek tarifi yayinladim. Ayni tarife istersen cikulata parcaciklari katabilirsin:)
Adresini veriyorum;

At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Hafsa said...

Tesekkur ederim Binnur :-) for the awesome recipes and the website.. i have only just visited it and i am loving it already.. i was actually looking for a recipe of maklube and when i google'd it, i got a link of your website.. i am going to follow your recipe and will tell you how it turns out :-)
i am indian by birth but live in east africa and have studied in ankara, turkiye... i love turkish food and i also love the variety it offers and it is also very healthy..
i also like following the recipes in turkish as it gives me a chance to keep upto date with the language, i like the language :-)
binnur, is there any chance of becoming a member of this website?
ayrica, adiniz cok guzel :-)
sorry for the long comment and thanks once again


At 12:10 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Hafsa,
Thank you for the nice comment:)
There's a Facebook Page on our website below the "About This Site" on the right . So you can follow the recipes on our Facebook site.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Turkey Recipe said...

Teşekkürler Turkish Cook hakkında güzel şeyler.

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

You are absolutely amazing! We love your work.

At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just went to Kusadasi and had an amazing dish. I think it was an appetizer. It was eggplant layered with yogurt and a spicy tomato sauce. Does it sound familiar? I'm trying to find the recipe!!

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

You should check the appetizer will see many eggplant dishes with yogurt and/or tomato sauce that I've posted:)

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Dori said...

Lovely blog, nice to find you :)

At 4:32 AM, Anonymous Kelli said...

I've just stumbled accross your website and I'm practically dancing in my chair! I visited Turkey a few years ago and haven't found a cookbook to re-create the amazing food I had there, until now. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes. I'll be coming here often. May even have to buy your book!

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a huge Turkish cuisine fan and have been spending a lot of money at restaurants. I was going through your website and I liked it but it could have been better if there were videos like the one dedemed has for Mediterranean food.
Thank you.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Falcon Valet Limousine LLC said...

Thank You for such a nice and easy recipes! I'm Polish and my husband is Turkish living in USA :) so its not easy to learn how to cook his favorite dishes, your website will be big help to me.
Thank You

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this site - it is wonderfull:)
I have been i Van (easterne Turkey) and there I got some kind of a very thin soft pancake with a lot of syrup and chopped chestnut. We were eating it for breakfast, but I dont know the name. Do you have the recepie?
Thanks again :)

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Rebekka,
Thank you:) I think what you are asking for is Murtaga (Murtağa-Van - East Anatolia Region). I've already posted the recipe under the name of "Ricotta Cheese with Grape Molasses and few more breakfast..." ou can find it under the "Breakfast & Eggs" section.

Here is the address;

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Merhaba Binnur
I always follow your recipe and cookbook. i tried to make fried potato salad and potato with eggs for my turkish friend..
while making that i fried the onion and then garlic together. the dish was not smelling good and the smell of fried garlic was coming. my friend also said turkish cuisine never fry garlic. May be I am making mistake or may be his taste is different. But there is something wrong in my dishes..whenever i fry garlic with onion , it smells aweful..

please help me

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Binnur said...


Sauteed Potato Salad;
In a medium sized pan, saute the onion with butter and olive oil for
about 2-3 minutes. Add the potato, salt and pepper. Fry the potatoes
until the colour changes on medium-low heat. Stir occasionally. Add the garlic and when the smell of the garlic comes out, turn the heat off and sprinkle some parsley all over. Serve while still warm.

For this recipe:
"Add the garlic and when the smell of the garlic comes out, turn the
heat off and sprinkle some parsley all over".
Please note that it says "when the smell of the garlic comes out, turn the heat off".


Potato with Eggs;
In a large pan saute the onion with olive oil. Add in the garlic and hash browns (don't defrost), salt and pepper. Cook for about 10
minutes over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Pour the beaten eggs over the potatoes and lightly stir with a wooden spatula. When the eggs are cooked (don't over-cook) sprinkle parsley and crushed pepper on top. Serve immediately.

For this recipe:
In a large pan saute the onion with olive oil. "Add in the garlic and hash browns (don't defrost), salt and pepper. Cook for about 10
minutes over medium-low heat, stirring constantly."
Again, note that it doesn't say "fry the garlic". Garlic should be cooked (not fry) with the frozen hash browns. So, the hash brown leaves its juice and there is again no frying the garlic.

I always saute the onion with oil. Then I add the garlic, then when
the smell of garlic comes out, I add another ingredient or
ingredients:) We do not fry the garlic in Turkish cuisine:) I hope it helps your cooking with garlic:)

At 11:44 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

what do you mean by when the smell of garlic comes out-how can i get rid of that? whenever i saute it with onion it gets burn out
can you tell me how to saute garlic so that it wont smell bad and also it ll be sauted also..
should i close the lid while sauteing it or any other way?
please suggest me soon as i am going to cook for him soon :)

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Foodie,
I understand that you are new in cooking:)
Sauteing the onion means soften the onion, but do not burn the onion. The onion will be soft means the texture is changed. I think when you saute the onion or garlic you turn the heat to very high. It is supposed to be low-medium or medium. You'd better focus on this part of the cooking
that takes only few minutes.
After sauteing the onion, add the garlic. Garlic meets with the
heat...continue to stir.. do not leave... stay there and keep looking down into the pot until you can smell the garlic...
It may take app 30 seconds. Then, as soon as you smell the garlic, add the rest of the ingredients to stop the burning. When you saute the onion or garlic never close the lid. I hope this time you will manage it:)

At 3:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur
I have really appreciated your site with some wonderful recipes and most of all, your generosity to share with everyone. Thank you!
I oredered, and have just received your "Homestyle Cooking" cookbook and it is fabulous. I'm looking forward to using lots of the recipes. I live in Hong Kong and my biggest challenge is seeking out the ingredients, but where there is a will, there's a way! Thanks again Binnur, kindest regards, Deb

At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur,

where have you been all my life? Why wasn't I able to find this blog before? (Internet-challenged).

Finally a recipe for simit that works. They are delicious. Thank you so much for keeping this site!

Yoghurtlu kebap will be the next I try. Thanks, Mylene

At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Such said...

I came across a Lady from Turkey in my local park today here in US- she was picking the tips of some wild leaves- she happened to mention that the leaves are a delicacy- specially available only in spring and is expensive in turkey- could u give the name of the leaves please- she spelled it out as Token Uju on my phone (unfortunately my phone auto-corrected)
Thanks, Such

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Such,
Using the wild leaves or herbs are very common for Turks. We pick them up to make tea, soup or meal or salad during spring and summer. I would love to help but the only word that makes sense is "ucu" which means "tip" in Turkish. If you get a chance to meet this lady again ask her to write it down:)
Take care,

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Thank you thank you!!!! My mum is from Istanbul but left when she was very young so she does not remember a lot of recipes. I am crazy about Turkish food and there are some of my favourites here and some others that I cannot wait to try!susie xx

At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said... is a great yt channel with turkish recepies :D

At 6:07 AM, Anonymous Vicki said...

Hi Binnur, I like so many others before me wanted to say thank you a thousand times for your fantastic recipes. I live now in Australia but lived in Turkey recently for 7 years. I also have a Turkush husband and I find myself cooking from your website almost nightly. I finally found the taste of Turkey. I've looked in so many books and websites but the tastes were never quite right, but your cooking is like the food my mother in law cooks. It is so simple but so delicious. My husband is so happy to have some tastes from home and I look forward to introducing our baby son to these tastes as he grows. You have put in such an immense effort to get these down and once again I can only say thank you for all of that effort. You are a very talented lady. Çok Teşekkürler Binnur Hanım!

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur and greetings from Glasgow!! Lovely to 'see' you at last!! I've been preparing your recipes for a few months now for my lovely boyfriend Teoman! He is so happy with the food!! I just found your photo and my image was completely wrong!! I thought you were darker skin with black hair!! Anyway, thank you so much for your site. I think it's wonderful - and so does Teo!! xx 😀😀

At 7:40 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Vicki, thank you very much for your kind words. I really appreciate it:) I am delighted that you and your family like my cooking:)


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