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

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Turkish Lamb and Beef Recipes

06/01/17: Stuffed Dried Eggplants & Peppers with Beef (Etli Kuru Patlıcan-Biber Dolması).
27/06/16: Pide Topped with Braised Lamb Cubes and Yogurt (Altı Cacıklı, Southeast Anatolia Region).
01/02/16: Kırdo (Kırdo, Erzincan).
08/05/15: Artichokes with Ground Beef (Kiymali Enginar).
09/03/15: Potato-Lamb Stew in Yogurt Sauce (Yogurtlu Patates - Gaziantep).
30/01/15: Beef Stew with Pickled Cabbage (Çorti Aşı - Bitlis - East Anatolia Region).
06/01/15: Sour Butternut Squash Stew with Lamb (Ekşili Balkabağı - Antalya - Mediterranean Region).
04/12/14: Green Lentil Stew with Ground Beef (Sengeser - East Anatolia Region).
21/11/14: Sujuk (Turkish Sausage) Stuffing (Sucuk İçi - Kayseri - Central Anatolia Region).
31/10/14: Spinach, Chickpeas and Sujuk Stew (Sucuklu Nohutlu Ispanak).
29/09/14: Lamb Saute with Roasted Eggplant (Kuzu Etli Patlıcan Söğürme - Hatay).
10/09/14: Tomato Tava (Domates Tavası - Gaziantep).
25/08/14: Parsley Stew (Maydanozlu Yahni).
11/08/14: Beef Stew with with Mini Eggplants (Bütün Patlıcan Yemeği - Urfa - South East Anatolia Region).
09/06/14: Veal Stew with Arugula (Rokalı Dana Yahni).
26/05/14: Lamb-Spinach in Yogurt (Etli Ispanak Borani - Antakya).
28/04/14: Lamb Saute with Tomatoes (Etli Domates Yemeği - Adana).
07/04/14: Stuffed Onions with Beef (Etli Soğan Dolması - Ottoman Kitchen).
24/03/14: Lamb with Eggplant and Chickpeas (Doğrama - Gaziantep).
10/03/14: Borani (Borani - Gaziantep).
03/03/14: Bozbash (Bozbaş - Kars - Ardahan - Iğdır - Azerbaijan).
17/02/14: Turkey with Lentils, Chickpeas and Wheat (Keledoş – Kelecoş - East Anatolia).
20/01/14: Meat Stuffed Quince Cooked in Grape Molasses (Pekmezli Ayva Dolması - Nevşehir - Central Anatolia Region).
13/01/14: Turnip Stew with Black-Eyed Peas (Şalgam Aşı - Isparta - Mediterranean Region).
09/12/13: Dried Eggplant Dish (Kuru Patlıcan Aşı - Sinop - Black Sea Region).
18/11/13: Onion Stew (Soğan Yahnisi - Gaziantep).
07/10/13: Shepherd's Braised Lamb Cubes (Çoban Kavurma).
23/09/13: Ground Beef on Bread(Kiymalı Ekmek Aşı - Turhal - Black Sea Rgion).
06/09/13: Sachma Tava (Saçma Tavası - Gaziantep - Southeast Anatolia Region).
26/08/13: Romain Lettuce Stew with Lamb (Marul Yemeği - Tire - Izmir).
29/07/13: Eggplant Tava (Patlican Tava - Adana).
08/07/13: Lamb Stew with Sweet Peas (Kuzu Etli Bezelye).
20/05/13: Fresh Fava Beans in Yogurt Sauce (Yogurtlu Bakla - Gazianatep - Southeast Anatolia Region).
06/05/13: Stuffed Zucchini with Lamb Pistachios and Almonds (Damat Dolması - Gazianatep - Southeast Anatolia Region).
22/04/13: Lamb and Okra Stew (Etli Bamya).
05/04/13: Stuffed Kale Rolls with Ground Beef (Karalahana Sarması - Black Sea Region).
25/03/13: Ground Beef Saute (Kiyma Sote).
15/03/13: Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef (Etli Biber Dolmasi - Ottoman Kitchen).
25/02/13: Turnip Moussaka (Shalgam Musakka).
21/01/13: Long Squash-Beef in Yogurt (Kabak Borani -Antakya - Mediterranean Region).
07/01/13: Lamb Stew with Chestnuts (Kestaneli Kuzu Yahni).
19/11/12: Cabbage Stew with Ground Beef (Kiymali Kapuska).
22/10/12: Lamb Kavurma with Mushrooms (Mantarli Kuzu Kavurma).
24/09/12: Pashazade (Paşazade).
03/09/12: Shiveydiz (Şiveydiz - Gaziantep-Southeast Anatolia Region).
15/08/12: Nev-i Diğer (Nev-i Diğer - Ottoman Kitchen).
20/07/12: Eggplant Moussaka with Cheese (Peynirli Patlican Musakka).
02/07/12: Gaziantep Style Stuffed Zucchini (Kabak Oturtması - Gaziantep).
18/06/12: Lamb Stew with Green Onions (Taze Soganli Kuzu Yahni).
28/05/12: Green Tomatoes Stuffed with Beef (Etli Yesil Domates Dolmasi).
09/05/12: Pounded Meat-Wheat Dish (Keskek).
16/04/12: Purslane with Ground Beef (Kiymali Semizotu).
02/04/12: Beef Saute (Et Sote).
05/03/12: Leek Stew with Chickpeas (Etli Nohutlu Pirasa).
06/01/12: Sweet Butternut Squash with Yogurt (Balkabagi Boranisi).
02/11/11: Braised Lamb with Onion (Soganli Kuzu Kavurma).
03/10/11: Hurrem Sultan.
15/08/11: Artichokes with Lamb (Etli Enginar).
08/08/11: Meat Tava (Et Tava - Adana).
11/07/11: Lamb Stew with Fennel - Aegean Region (Etli Rezene).
08/06/11: Fava Beans with Lamb - Mersin (Etli Bakla).
16/05/11: Tantuni (Tantuni - Mersin).
21/03/11: Spinach with Lamb (Etli Ispanak).
04/03/11: Green Lentil - Ground Beef on Pide (Galacos).
16/02/11: Eggplant Moussaka with Chickpeas (Nohutlu Patlican Musakka).
11/02/11: Papara.
04/02/11: Kidney Beans with Sujuk (Sucuklu Kuru Fasulye).
03/01/10: Swiss Chard Rolls with Beef (Etli Pazi Sarma).
10/11/10: Saj Tava (Sac Tava).
22/10/10: Turkish Quince Stew (Ayva Yahnisi).
16/04/10: Stuffed Zucchini with Bulgur (Bulgurlu Kabak Dolmasi).
27/03/10: Eggplant with Lamb (Etli Patlican).
21/11/09: Mutancana.
11/11/09: Mina / Turkish Shepherd's Pie.
15/09/09: Lamb Saute with Pepper (Biberli Kuzu Kavurma).
12/06/09: Zucchini Moussaka (Kabak Musakka).
12/04/09: Kidney Beans with Turkish Pastrami (Pastirmali Kuru Fasulye).
02/04/09: Spinach with Ground Beef (Kiymali Ispanak).
20/01/09: Celery Stew with Lamb (Kuzu Etli Terbiyeli Kereviz).
29/11/08: Lamb with Vegetable Stew (Sebzeli Kuzu Yahni).
26/07/08: Turkish-style Lamp Chops (Kuzu Pirzola).
29/02/08: Cabbage Rolls with Beef (Etli Lahana Sarma).
28/01/08: Leek with Lamb (Etli Pirasa).
20/01/08: Quince Tava (Ayva Tavasi).
15/12/07: Spinach Tenderloin (Ispanakli Bonfile).
07/10/07: Lamb with Eggplant Casserole (Firinda Patlicanli Kuzu).
18/09/07: Steak with Vegetables in Tomato Sauce (Salcali Biftek).
14/09/07: Potato Lamb Casserole (Firinda Etli Patates).
30/05/07: Artichokes Stuffed with Beef (Etli Enginar Dolmasi).
26/04/07: Tomato Dolma (Domates Dolmasi Ottoman Kitchen).
01/04/07: Pilaf with Lamb & Eggplant (Patlicanli Etli Pilav).
02/02/07: Cauliflower Moussaka (Karnabahar Musakka).
25/01/07: Stuffed Dried Eggplants with Walnuts (Cevizli Kuru Patlican Dolmasi).
24/12/06: Lamb with Garlic in the Oven (Firinda Sarimsakli Kuzu Budu).
15/11/06: Kidney Beans with Lamb (Kuzu Etli Kuru Fasulye).
12/10/06: Lamb Tandir with Vegetables (Sebzeli Kuzu Tandir).
09/10/06: Tenderloin in Parchment Paper (Kagitta Bonfile).
02/09/06: Flat Beans with Lamb (Kuzu Etli Taze Fasulye).
18/06/06: Lamb And Vegetable Casserole (Kuzu Etli Guvec).
20/05/06: Stuffed Eggplants with Beef (Nohutlu Etli Patlican Dolmasi).
01/05/06: Split Eggplants with Ground Beef Filling (Karniyarik).
22/04/06: Lamb with Romaine Lettuce (Kuzu Kapama).
15/04/06: Stuffed Zucchini (Kabak Dolmasi).
09/04/06: Lamb with Grape Leaves (Caput Asi - Aegean Region).
11/03/06: Ali Nazik (Gaziantep).
06/01/06: Lamb Kavurma (Kuzu Kavurma).
30/10/05: Lamb Tandir (Kuzu Tandir).
14/10/05: Chickpeas with Ground Beef (Kiymali Nohut).
25/09/05: Beef with Mushrooms (Etli Mantar).
26/06/05: Sultan's Pleasure (Hunkar Begendi - Ottoman Kitchen).
29/05/05: Stuffed Peppers & Tomatoes (Domates, Biber Dolmasi).
22/05/05: Eggplant Moussaka (Patlican Musakka).
22/04/05: Beef Stew with Onions (Soganli Yahni).
15/04/05: Potato Mussaka (Patates Musakka).
29/03/05: Mixed Vegetables with Beef (Turlu).
24/03/05: Grape Leaf Rolls with Groundbeef (Yaprak Sarmasi).


At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

My Dad's Auntie (who is Turkish Cyprot) made a meal with lamb and okra(bamya). I think it also had a tomatoe based sauce. I don't remember what it is called, do you know what it might be and how to make it?



At 8:22 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Deniz,
We call it Okra with Lamb (Etli Bamya). I posted Okra with Chicken. Here it is

If you like you can try this first:) I will post the other for you soon:)

At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur...

My wife and I were in Cappodocia recently where we had "Pottery Kebabs". They were great! We just recently bought a Slow Cooker and I was wondering if there might be a recipe for the Slow Cooker that might be anything like one of those "Pottery Kebabs" that we loved so much...

Thanks for your time,

At 8:58 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Tim,

What you're asking about is called "Testi Kebabi" (or Comlek Kebabi)
and it translates to "Kebap cooked in a sealed clay pot". It is really
tasteful:) You may not get the same taste when you cook in the slow
cooker, actually I personally never used it. It is hard to tell you
the result, but you should give it a try. We cook Comlek Kebabi at home using "earthenware pot" (toprak guvec) with the lid on and in the oven. I will post it for you soon. Meanwhile you can try a slow cooker and layering lamb or beef cubes, onion and vegetables with water and cook:)

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

Ok then, thanks for your advice. I will keep an eye for the Comlek Kebabi.


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

Hi Binnur!
I just returned from a trip to Alanya, where we had a wonderful dish, called Osmanish Pan, served i a claypot or sometimes a ironplate. I bought the spice-mix on the market, but haven't been able to find a recipe to what else goes in this dish??
Any chance you can help me out?
BR Maria

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Maria,

It is a very special dish from the Ottoman era called Osmali Tava. 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 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.

Take care,

At 2:07 AM, Blogger Shantanu said...

Hi Binnur,
I am trying to find the recipe for what I know as "Iskendar Kebab". I am not sure if I have the correct name so am going to describe it to you also - Its a multilayered dish with meat as the base, a red sauce above it and topped with yogurt and i believe some kind of bread.

We had it in our recent trip to Istanbul and completely fell in love with it. Please let me know if you can let us know how to make it.


At 5:53 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi I got your second message....all the answers are there:)

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merehaba Binnur,
I grew up in Izmir (6 yrs of my childhood) and I miss it and the food and the people terribly. I was wondering if you have a recipe or know of how I can get one for turkish pizza? It was an individual pizza with a salami type meat and a very long slender pepper cooked on it. It was absolutely wonderful. I would really appreciate it since my father talks about this alot.

Thank you and Best Wishes,

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Lorelei,
We have a lot in common, I miss Turkey a lot too:) You are asking
about Sucuklu Pide or Koca Gormez....and it has more names :) I
already prepared Koca Gormez (Sucuklu Pizza) which is on my waiting
list...I'll post it for you soon:) It is very easy to do and you
should only need to buy Sucuk from Turkish Grocery.
Take care,

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

Merehaba Binnur

I remember a dish with lamb and fresh garden pens a really good start to the summer with some herbs cooked in a pan not in the oven
Do you have a recipe for this please

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I don't know what is garden pens...then If I know the recipe, I would love to post it for you:)

At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur..

Just wondering if you can post me a recipe for cooking sucuk and eggs or whatever is a nice way to make sucuk...that would be great...

At 7:50 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sam,
Tesekkur ederim, iyiyim:) There is few delicious way to make sucuk ...I am going to post them for you soon:)

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhabalar Binnur hnm,
Ispanak yemegi tarifiniz var mi?

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Gokcen,
Ispanakli Pirinc tarifini yayinladim, adresi veriyorum;

Zaman icinde daha baska ispanak tarifleri de yayinlayacagim:)Sitenin sag tarafinda Google Search kutusu var, eger "TC" belirtilmisse, sitemde yayinlanan yemek tariflerini bulmak icin sana yardimci olacaktir:)

At 5:18 AM, Blogger Vin said...

Hi Binnur,

Thanks very much for all the great recipies, my partner is Turkish and we have just returned from Ayvalick where we were on holiday. I ate this turkish dish there, which is like a think bread, which is stuffed with meat, or potatoes or cheese. I can't remember what it was called, these ladies were making it at a fair, they roll out really think dough and then fill it in a rectagular shape with the stuffing and cook it on a wok turned upside down. If you know what i mean and you can give me the recipie for it for both potatoes and meat i would be very very very greatful!!!!
Tesekkur ederim (from my little turkish!!!)
Thanks a million!

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Vin,
Thank you:) What you had in Turkey is called "Gözleme". It may come with different filling. I've already posted the recipe on the Pastries section, here is the address;

At 4:41 AM, Blogger Vin said...

Hi Binnur,
Thanks a million!!! This was exactly what i was looking for!!!
Will keep you posted on how well i can make it!

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

as many people have, my dad spent a lot of time in turkey when he was in the usaf. he brought home a recipe for a dish that was served with this yogurt dip and ekmek.
i am trying to figure out with the dish was but unfortunately my dads memory is going quickly.
maybe you can help me.
it had roasted vegetables, like mushrooms, peppers, big red onions, on a big pan, along with beef and sometimes lamb. it also had roasted to,matoes that had been mashed up that we ate with the bread and dip. i also think it had eggplant, but i stayed away from that bit because i was a picky teenager at the time.
i could probably make it, but i am not sure what spices to use, does it sound familiar?

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

There is so many way to cook this kind of dish. It may show some little changes from one region to other, like ingredients or cooking style or the name of the dish. So I've already posted few. Turlu, here is the address;
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 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lived in Adana, Turkey for a year. Finding your sight was so great because I can now make some of my favorites at home. However, I can't find a reciepe for manti (no dot on the i in Turkey), Do you possible have one? Thanks so much.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) I've already posted Manti on the Pastry section, here is the address;
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 posted:)

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

Hi Binnur,
After our first visit to Turkey definitely going back to Icmeler, I had this Turkish meal which consisted of lamb,mushrooms,onions (and tomatoes i think)served in a wok type little pan with two handles, in the middle of pan was mound of rice with mozzerella cheese coming from the rice to form the 4 quarters. Could you please tell me the name and recipe, Thankyou.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

The recipe that you are asking can be Beef with Mushrooms. You may add cheese in it. Here is the address;

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

Hello Binnur,

On a recent visit with my mother to a restaurant that specializes in Turkish Cuisine, we came across 2 dishes that we absolutely enjoyed. The dish my mother had is called Chicken Adana, and the dish I had was Lamb Saute. I guess I should give more detail on what was in the Lamb dish, it had Onion, a tomato based sauce, Olives and Red Peppers and a few other things that I cannot recall off hand, but those are the ones that stood out to me. Is there a chance that you might be able to post these recipes. I would really appreciate it.

Thanks in Advance

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bayiliyorum sizin yemek tariflerinize,ben amerikada buyudum sayilir ama turk yemekleri harika,beni 10 aylik ikiz oglan bebeklerim var onlara uygun guzel turk corba tarifleri ariyorum,yardimci olursaniz cok memnun olurum.

At 12:05 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Emel, Yavrularini Allah bagislasin, saglikla buyut:)
Corbalar kisminda yayinladiklarimin buyuk bir kismini ogullarin icin pisirebilirsin;
Sehriyeli Sebze Corbasi.
Kremali Domates Corbasi (Safak Corbasi).
Bezelye Corbasi.
Ezo Gelin Corbasi.
Terbiyeli Pirincli Tavuk Corbasi.
Tarhana Corbasi.
Sebze Corbasi.
Yesil Mercimek Corbasi.
Kirmizi Mercimek Corbasi.
Yayla Corbasi.
Kis boyunca baska corba tarifleri de yayinlayacagim, simdiden ellerine saglik:)

At 2:42 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jonathan,
I think the dish your mother had is called Chicken Tava from Adana region. I am going to post it soon. But I don't know the other dish that you asked about, there are so many of them with those ingredients.

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur
I hope you can help me locate a recipe I had over 20yrs ago in Cyprus.

It was with lamb and onions, I had this dish with a local Turkish family and watched how they made it.
This is what I remember. The onions were done first, lots of them perhaps 2 or 3 chopped up fine and cooked over a very low heat for at least 30 or so mins.
Almost like sweating them so to speak without browning them.
The lamb was then fried in a frying pan and added to the softened onions with herbs
and I think tinned tomotoes.

Thats all I can remember but I know the finished dish tasted wonderful, very thick and served over rice.
Greek stifado comes close but not exact as they use whole small onions and different ingredients.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It may be Beef Stew with Onions. There may be variations to the recipes slightly different from region to region. Therefore it is difficult to identify. You may add 1 or 2 tbsp flour which gives thickness.

At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi there
i like so many others lived in turkey in conjunction with the USAF and i fell in love with the food.there was a restraunt clled the moonlihht cafe right outside the base that was my favorite.before i left i asked them to show me how to make my favoite chicken tava but i dont seem to be able to recreate it i dont think i have the paste right or the spices i also loved the cheese bread dipped in jam and rice rice served ith it.can you help me with this recipie as well as the bread and rice?thank you for your time

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I've already posted the Chicken Tava which is under the Chicken section, here is the adress;
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 post.
Take care,

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

Siteniz cok guzel.

Elinize ve emeginize saglik.

Cok tesekkurler.


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

iv been living in north cyrpus now for 2 yrs, and i love tantunis, have you got a recipe to make tantunis. i would love to be able to make them at home as i have to drive about half an hour into town to be able to buy one!!

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Katie,
I am going to post it in the future.
Take care,

At 11:11 PM, Blogger Semra said...

Mehraba Binnur,

I very much love your site and recipes, I'm Turkish but I've lived in Canada since I was five. I used to love some of my Turkish Cypriot grandmother's recipes, who used to come and visit us every few years before she passed away. I recall that her cooking was a bit different than my mother's, who grew up in Istanbul (but whose cooking I also very much loved!).

I particularly remember my grandmother's lentil soup which had a ton of lemon in it (yum) and her lahmacun, which I think was flavored with allspice, and a soup with little meatballs and a lemony broth that she called "terbiyeli corbasi". I would love to find suthentic recipes for these {I think I figured out the soup recipes but something's missing somehow...)

Also, would you have a recipe for adana kebab? I tasted it once in a restaurant and I would love to know how to make an authentic recipe because I reaaaally loved it.

Cok tesekkurler,

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Semra,
Thank you:) There is also another version of this soup with the chicken wings. I am going to post in the future:)
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 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba canim Binur teyze nasilsiniz? Congrats on the wonderful site. Do you know the lamb dish that has bread at the bottom then lamb kofte in tomato sauce and yogurt? It's kind of similar to Iskender Kebab but not the same. Any sugestions???

At 10:14 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Erol:)
It is the easiest version of Iskender Kebab. You can use a day old bread cut into the cubes. Prepare the small koftes from lamb or beef and follow the same procedure as in the recipe for Iskender Kebap.

At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canim Binur Teyze cok cok mercy.
Afiyet Olsun!!!

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

Your recipes are incredible! If it weren't for you, I would be deprived of my favorite foods! Do you have a recipe for Kiymali Ispanak?

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) I am going to post it soon:)

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur

There is one dish that I have been trying to get the receipe for and cannot find it. A greek restaurant which is my favourite sells it and it is a lamb shank done in red wine. THey call it TAVA, but the receipes outlined here do not give anything cooked with red wine. I would be most grateful if you could tell me the proper name or alternatively give me the receipe please. I hope you can help me.

At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please can you help me. My husband is half turkish and one of his favorate dishes is what he knows as 'mulihere', i do not know the spelling. I believe its lamb with leaves, his nene use to make for him and I would love to know how if you can help me??
Thanks, sam

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sam,
I've already posted one dish (except sarma or dolma) made with the lamb and grape leaves under the name of "Lamb with Grape Leaves (Caput Asi)." If you give me the correct name I may be more helpful:)

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi again.
the dish is known as 'mulihere'.
It is a form of stew, but the leaves i believe are called 'mulihere'. \sorry but im not sure of the exact spelling.
thanks again, sam

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sam,
I am not familiar what you are asking for. So the information you sent me is not enough to figure it out what it is:)

At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had this great meal from a turkish booth at a festival and i want to cook it for my girlfriend.
It was a pancake type of bread with lamb and spinach and maybe some fetta put in then sealed like in an omelette. The lamb was minced/finely chopped and tasted like it contained lots of lemon juice and garlic.
Sound familiar? A marinade recipe would be great.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Shane ,
I think what you are asking is Lahmacun. I've already posted easy version of it under the Kebabs section. Here is the address:

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Tava is a Turkish word which means skillet. As you know this is a Turkish dish like many others that you can see in Greek restaurants:) Like Imam Bayildi, Mousaka, Kebabs, Cacik, Doner, Helva, Kunefe, Kadayif, Turkish Coffee, Dolma, Sarma, Lamb Tandir, Turkish Baklava, Revani, Turkish Delight etc.
The lamb can be braised in water or in chicken broth or in red wine until it is tender.
I've already posted some recipes which include TAVA like Chicken Tava, Quince Tava. I will post more in the future:)

At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! I would like to know what spices are used in in the testi kebabi or comlek kebabi. I believe it has cubed meat of some kind, with vegetables and water cooked in an earthenwear pot with a lit. But what spices are in it?

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Turkish cuisine is not heavy on herbs and spices. The main spices are black pepper, paprika, crushed pepper, allspice and cinnamon.
The lamb, vegetables, earthenware pot and cooking technique gives the taste to Testi Kebabi. There is no specific spice or herb in it. It is just seasoned with salt and pepper:)

At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur.

I wonder abt 1 thing. I am in turkey now and love it here but i miss some stuff here and i dunno if i can find it. Do u know if they have salted lamb meat here? And what is the turkish name? This is the first time i see ur page and i allready love it. Now it is possible for me 2 make turkish food in Norway 2 :D -Thx...

Love Siri

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Siri ,
I don't think you can find salted lamb meat in Turkey:(

At 7:08 PM, Blogger MooreReason said...

Hello Binnur! Thank for this informative site. My husband and I honeymooned in Goreme and I forget the lovely restaurant where we dined, but will never forget the dish--one of my all time favorites. Chunks of lamb, stewed tomatoes, potatoes, and lots of whole garlic cloves in a clay based pot that had been cooked in the oven. Seemed simple enough, but absolutely amazing flavor and a recipe that I can't find or name. Help?

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Maggi,
All the ingredients are so common in Turkish cuisine:) It is probably Lamb and Veggie Casserole (Kuzu Etli Guvec).
I've already posted the same dish with the different vegetables. Her is the address;
I wish you the best:)

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

Hi, Binnur; I am looking for a recipe with Lamb or pork that uses the fig leaves in it. Do you have one or more than one.

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Enrique ,
I don't have any recipes with fig leaves:)

At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Lucy said...

I have just returned from Turkey and have loved looking through your fantastic site. In Turkey I saw restaurants offering Lamb with Apricots or with Prunes and would love to see your versions of these.

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Robin said...


i fell in love with turkish food quite some time ago and try and make it at home when i can :D

however... one dish has so far eluded me. i remember it being called Corketme or something like that with some funny accents. i cant find anything on the internet and my friends dad is iraqi/turkish and he cant think of anything either. i had it in a seaside restaurant in a little town near bodrum.

the dish basically was thin strips of beef i think, in a dark brown kind of gravyish sauce that was really delicately flavoured. there was yoghurt on top of it and it was surrounded by like really thinly shredded fried potatoes.
that all i can remember, and im sure it was called corketme...

could u email me on if u have any ideas???


At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super online cookbook. But I can't fint recipe for testi kebab. We had that often on our holiday in Side, and loved it. Do you have a recipe for that dish.
Thinking of trying to prepare in in a Röhmertopf if I can get a recipe... :-)

At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Sheila Davis said...

Hi, there was a question a while back from Sam about what I think is molehiya - a Turkish Cypriot dish. Molehiya, a type of mallow leaf, can be bought dried or sometimes fresh here in North Cyprus, and is cooked in the oven with either lamb or chicken. It has a very distinctive taste, I love it. I know the Cypriots say it is unique to them, but I think there's something similar in Egypt, but more a soup than a stew.

At 2:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

rcenty i bought salami on my tri to istanbul.with content "dana eti and hindi eti".can you translate it for me please as i dont want to consume pork.dr.mohammed irfan rawal,india.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Dana eti : Veal
Hindi eti : Turkey - Seslisozluk is a multilanguage dictionary and one of the top 10000 sites in the world and is in the Turkish category.

At 4:15 AM, Anonymous Margaret said...

Merhaba, Binnur.

I spent a wonderful week in Istanbul in 2009, and enjoyed a dish called Hunkar Begendi. I saw the recipe on your website, but the eggplant in the dish I tasted had LOTS of garlic (which, I may say, I loved!) I would like to reproduce this dish for a dinner party with friends. Do you have any advice?

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Margaret,
Traditionally Hunkar Begendi doesn't have any garlic in it. So if you like, sure you can add lots of garlic in it:)

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Bill Barrick said...

Hi all, when I was stationed in Istanbul in the mid-70's there was a dish that was so good i must have had it 3 times a week. the restaurants told me it was lamb suspended whole in an earthenware crock and buried in coals to slow cook over time (hope the story wasn't a crock). it was so tender you could blow on it and it would fall apart. can anyone provide a name? i want to make sure i can find it again in Istanbul.

At 10:39 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Bill,
I believe you had "Kuzu Tandir".

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

My wife and i spent 3 years in Ixmir. My son was born there. I was wondering if you have the receipe for doner kebab

At 10:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Dale,
I've already posted Doner Kebab. Please check the "Kebabs" section:)

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I am enjoying your web site. It brings back alot of memories...all pleasant..thank you thank you thank you

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

Binnur: I love your website and have enjoyed many of your wonderful recipes! Several years ago when in Capaadocia, I enjoyed a meal of meat and vegetables brought to my table in a clay pot with the lid sealed to the pot with bread. It was SO wonderful, I went back the next day to have the meal again and spoke with the owner who sold me spices and gave me a rough idea of what he put in the dish. Then I went to the potter next door and bought one of the round pots - getting a lid that fit was another matter and it doesn't fit well. Anyway, I recently found the spices (no idea what is in them) and the pot and now have the ability to place the pot into coals for cooking, so I'd like to make this dish again but I don't know the recipe or how to make the bread. What did I eat and how do I make it here in the US? Thank you.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Julie,
There are so many dishes cooked in pots. If you know the name I can help:)

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

I think I might have figured out what it is I ate when in Capadoccia, Binnur: Guvec. Here is a picture ( ) that looks something like the dish I was served only in my case the earthen clay pot was taller and round and the bread was only around the lid to seal it to the pot. As I said, before, I have spices provided to me by the restaurant owner and remember beef and tomato inside but nothing else. Maybe you can help me with recipes?

Thanks for your time,


At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i had ameal of thin beef strips and garlic, served on a bed of fine sliced fried potato and youghurt sauce, think it was called cockertme, any ideas.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I've already posted the Cokertme Kebab. Please check the Kebabs 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. You can also search the word of any vegetable or meat or the region or spice etc.

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

I was in Turkey this last spring and had a dish in Istanbul called "Sac Tava"? I am wondering if you know what I'm talking about. It was a finely chopped lamb dish with cooked chopped peppers, onions, and tomatoes served with pide. It was the most amazing thing I have eaten and I wanted to reproduce the dish, but don't know if it's listed on your website or if it is called something else. Thanks!

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Stacy,
I have not posted it yet. But I may in the future:)

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

Hi, I recently had a dish called babahanus in Kalkan and have been dreaming about it since, I have tried searching for it everyone with no success can you help ?

Many thanks

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am going to post Babaganush in the future and posting will be under the Appetizers section.

At 1:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur; I was looking for a recipe that my husbands mom makes... its with ground beef and green beans, not sure what it is called. Could you help me out if you know what I am talking about.



At 9:21 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Karolina,
I've already posted the recipe cooked with the lamb cubes. The name is Flat Beans with Lamb (Kuzu Etli Taze Fasulye). If you like use ground beef instead of lamb:)
Take care.

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,
Just wanted to thank you again for all these wonderful recipes! My elderly mom is eating again! Did you have a recipe here for Kidney Beans and Sucuk? I can't find it. Thanks again for the great and inspiring recipes!

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sedef,
Thank you:) I've already posted the Kidney Beans with Sujuk:) Here is the address;

At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband is looking for a recipe for something he had a while back at a Turkish Cafe. The meal included sliced lamb, cabbage, and bread. Any help would be great because I'm at a loss. Thank you!

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Was it Doner or oven cooked lamb with red or white cabbage salad served with Turkish bread? Or was the lamb cooked with white cabbage in the pot?
The Turkish cuisine has a very wide range of variety. I need more information:)

At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was Doner with some cabbage and a spicy sauce served in a bread.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

You can find the recipe for Doner on my website. I think it was probably the pickled cabbage and tomato or yogurt sauce.

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

Hi. I recently went to Turkey and had some amazing food there. I brought back some Sumak spice from there and was just looking for recommendations as to what I can use it for?

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

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. You can also search the word of any vegetable or meat or the region or spice etc.

At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Charlotte said...

Merhaba Binnur,

I am looking for a recipe for Kiymali/Etli Kapuska...

Do you have one??


At 10:48 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Charlotte,
Probably I am going to post it in winter:)

At 5:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gunaydın Binnur,
about 30 years ago we lived in Istanbul and there was one place behind Taksinm that sold mini Kebabs, each tiny Kebab on a skewer with paper thin pitta
bread. I have never come across this dish any where else, do you know it? and if so what is it called?

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

I wish you could give me more information about this kebab. Could it be Chop Shish (Çöp Şiş) if the kebab has only lamb cubes and thin

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous jeff said...

Just come back from Turkey where we watched a local family having a picnic. The father spent ages mixing a blend of raw meat with varios spices,onions and lemon juice into a paste which was eaten wrapped in lettuce leaves, uncooked, they passed some over to us and it was delicious, can you tell us how to prepare it and what it is called

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jeff,
It is called Cig Kofte which I've already posted under the appetizers
section, here;

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Neil said...

Hi Binnur,
I had a dish in London recently at a great Turkish restaurant and they called it kleftiko. I thought that was Greek. Any insights?
Many thanks,

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Neil,
I am a little surprised and don’t understand why they used a Greek name in a Turkish Restaurant.

The name is supposed to be Lamb Tandir with Vegetables (Sebzeli Kuzu Tandir), here is the link;

Traditionally, Tandir and Lamb Tandir with Vegetables are cooked in the oven:)

You can also cook them on the stove:)

Lamb Tandir, here;

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,
I just saw a gal on TV making Patatasli Dizme kebap in the oven. She used beef, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers and baked it in the oven. I missed the first part about how she made the meatballs. Do you have a recipe like this on your site? I looked for it but couldn't find anything.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Mary,
I've posted Alined Eggplant Kebab (Dizme Patlican Kebabi)under the Kebabs section.
You can replace the eggplants with Potatoes:)
And here is another recipe, called Meatball-Potato Casserole

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I have been looking for a great website with turkish dishes and have found it! I will enjoy cooking your recipes, thank you.However I used to date a Turkish boy and his mum made the most amazing dishes and one was these pancake things with spinach onion and feta cheese she used to then fry the pancakes and was beautiful. Do you have the recipe for this?

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) There are so many pastry recipes in Turkish cuisine with or without the spinach filling. So it is hard to identify what you describe:)
You can check "Pastries" and "Bread&Pide" sections or you can use the google search box on the right site of my blog, just below the google ads. When you select "TC", it will help you find all the recipes I have posted. You can also search the word of any region, vegetables, herbs, spices, meat, etc.

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

Hi Binnur,

few weeks ago I used one of your recipes for lamb, on top of which we arrange sliced tomatos and peppers and on top we put lots of garlic cloves - around 10 I think, we cook that all together for a while. I cannot find this recipe now, I dont know where it went! :( Can you help me please, it was a great tasting dish and I want to cook it again for guests tomorrow. :) Regards, Meryem

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Dear Meryem,
Sorry for the late reply:( I just saw it like few minutes ago.
I think it may be the Meat Tava!
Monday, August 08, 2011
Meat Tava
(Et Tava - Adana)

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me and my family went to a wonderful restaurant and were giving a dish so scrumptious I can't remember it's name! It was a layer of bread ad then meat covered in loads of yoghurt, would love to know if you have the recipe? J

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I think what you ask is kind of a kebab.
The layers are made with pide bites (not bread) and doner (shaved meat) or kofte (Turkish meatballs) or meat pieces covered with yogurt and served with some tomato sauce on the side. If it is what you had, then you can check the Kebabs section of my blog:)


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