dinsdag 26 mei 2015



Ingredients (makes 4-5 servings)

For the dough
2.5 cups of flour
1 cup of water
2 teaspoons salt

For the meat mixture
200 grams of ground beef (or any other kind of minced meat)
1 medium large onion
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1.5 teaspoon of salca (traditional sun-dried tomato and/or pepper paste, I use a combination of both)
In case you are using non-salted salca: 1.5 teaspoons of salt

Yogurt - any kind of yogurt you prefer. I use a mixture of full fat Turkish yogurt and regular yogurt. 

For the sauce 
4 tablespoons of butter
2/3 cloves of garlic (mashed) or two teaspoons of garlic powder
2 tablespoon of tomato paste
4 teaspoons water
3 teaspoons dried mint
3 teaspoons red hot chili flakes
4 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoon red pepper salca (I use our homemade tomato/pepper paste)


Chop your onions finely, add the chopped onions together with the salca and black pepper to the meat mixture and kneed everything well with your hands. Set aside. 

Put all the ingredients for the dough into a bowl and kneed for a about 5 minutes. The dough should be slightly tougher than regular bread dough. Divide your dough in parts depending on how large your working surface is. 

Take one of your dough balls and roll it out thinly. The dough should be around 1-2 mm thick. Take a knife and start cutting little cubes out of your dough. I use a pizza knife and a rolling pin to get even cubes. 

Spread out your meat mixture onto the dough cubes. Keep in mind that you need to boil these and that if you fill them up too much, the mantis will pop open in the water. 

Now comes the most time consuming part of making manti, you have to close each manti one by one with your hands.


While you continue making the rest of your mantis, spread (don't stack them up too much!) the already made mantis onto a large tray and dust with flour. Store in the fridge or freezer! This is especially important if you aren’t going to boil them right away or if you are planning on freezing them. If you want to freeze your mantis, you can put them in ziplock bags after they’ve chilled in the freezer for a few hours.

Now we are going to cook the mantis. :) Bring your water to a boil and add in some salt. Boil your mantis for around 5-8 minutes. When the manti is ready, don’t drain them but scoop them out with a large spoon instead. This way you will keep some of the cooking liquid and your mantis will taste much better. :)

Meanwhile you can continue making the sauce for the mantis. Put all the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan and cook for about 2-3 minutes. 

Scoop some yogurt and sauce on your manti, some extra spices if you like and enjoy. :)!

Afiyet olsun!

zaterdag 16 augustus 2014




This is a basic kofte recipe. These koftes can be cooked in a frying pan, on the BBQ/grill or in your oven. Have them with fresh pita bread and salad, plane or with rice. However you like them!

maandag 23 december 2013

Çiğ Köfte

Çiğ Köfte 

Let me introduce you to one of Turkey's favourite fastfood dishes: Çiğ Köfte (Chi kofte). Raw ground meet mixed with fine bulgur, spices and vegetables, wrapped in fresh lettuce and more fresh vegetables! It took me quite some time (a few years at least) before I would actually try this dish. I am absolutely not a fan of raw meat and always refused to eat cig kofte whenever a friend or family member made it. But just a few months ago I decided to take a bite, and guess what, I loved it! Because the raw beef is kneeded and mixed with the bulgur and the vegetables so intensively, the raw meat is not even noticable. I must say that it was even better than most cooked kofte dishes I had before. So If you like kofte and you are into spicy food (as in, hot and full of spices!), I can assure you that you will like this dish.

zondag 11 augustus 2013



Yay I am back! I bought a new camera and I am ready to share a new recipe. I'll be making gozleme this time. Gozleme is a hand-rolled Turkish pastry dish baked on a traditional Turkish sac, filled with various toppings varying from white cheese to potatoes. My version will be a not so traditional one that can be made at home with a simple cooking pan!

zondag 5 mei 2013



Lahmacun, also known as 'Turkish pizza', is a spicy Turkish/Middle Eastern dish consisting of a ground meat/vegetable mixture, spread on a very thin bread/cracker-like crust. 

zondag 21 april 2013


Hamur Kizartmasi/Pişi

Pişi is a very simple Turkish, bread-like, fried dough snack. People in Turkey usually eat this for breakfast, but please, don't let that stop you from eating it whenever you want. =) Until recently, I had no idea that the official name of this dish was called 'Pişi'. My mother and the rest of my family call it simply fried dough (hamur kizartma'si). But pişi sounds more fun, so pişi it is!

zondag 14 april 2013


After Eight Cupcakes

Not quite traditional - or Turkish for that matter, but tasteful enough to be shared with the world! These are, sort of, after eight cupcakes but with a softer and mild mint flavour to it. The cake is soft and fudgy and the mild mint flavour of the whipped cream gives it an excellent finish. Just a great combo really!