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

Sunday, June 04, 2006


(also known as Acuka)

1 tablespoonful red pepper paste, if you can't find it; use 2 roasted red peppers instead - do NOT use roasted red pepper in a jar
3/4 cup walnuts
4-5 tablespoonful breadcrumbs
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic clove (optional)
1 tbsp red pepper, crushed -or less!
1 teaspoonful cumin
1 lemon juice

Put the walnut, garlic and breadcrumbs in the food processor and pulse 2 or 3 times. Add the lemon juice, red pepper paste (or roasted red peppers), cumin and crushed red pepper. Close the lid of the mixer. While mixing, pour in the olive oil from the small opening at the top. Make sure not to over-mix, the walnuts should still be left in small pieces.

Serve with toasted pide (pita) or toasted bread pieces.

Roasted Red Pepper

Cut off the tops of the red peppers. Discard the seeds. Cut each pepper in half. Set the oven to broil (grill), and heat it up. Place the red peppers on an oven tray (inside facing down) and place in the oven. Roast them for about 15 minutes. Leave them in a paper or plastic bag for about 10 minutes to peel off the skin easily.

* This is a vegetarian dish.



At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,
It tastes great, thanks.
I had to cut down the red pepper flakes to 1teaspoon, I am sure that is what you meant.
A more general suggestion: to make the recipes printable by a click.


At 11:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I did mean 1 tbsp but obviously use whatever works best for you :)
Also thanks for the printable page suggestion, I don't think blogger
supports it yet but I'll take a look :)


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

I bookmarked this recipe some time ago and have just now come back to look at it. I'm hoping to make it soon! I love to read through your recipes!

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Nicole,
Thank you. There are people who are new to cooking and there are those
new to Turkish cooking. I try to write my recipes in a simple way so
they're easy to understand. Hope you like it:)

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

Hi Binnur,

I can't wait to try your recipe today for a baby shower we have at work. Thanks for posting it.


At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good recipe, i have made it before with 1tbsp of pomegranate molases and it gives it a really nice flavour.

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

what is pomegranate molases and where do you buy it?


At 9:46 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Pomegranate paste is reduced pomegranate juice sold in small bottles. You may find it at Turkish or Mediterranean supermarkets.

At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved this recipe - i just tried it this past week and have posted it on my blog too. It was my favorite dish when I was visiting turkey.

At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've eaten this dish many times in Turkey, but didn't know what it was called. My mouth is watering at the memory of the last time I ate it. I'm going to buy the ingredients and make it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Roving Jay from

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just back from Turkey and we had this on our last night out. We were all trying to figure out what was in it. Delicious. Can't wait to try it.


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