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The Secrets of the Turkish Cuisine

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Turkish Cuisine has been for a long time one of the richest types of Cuisine around the world. One of the reasons why Turkish food is so appealing to the paladar lies in its history. Turkish cuisine has been shaped by the interactions and influences on its history.

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Iconic dishes for the Turkic culture are the Boruk which are savoury pastries, Dolma, Pide or Manti. Manti is one of the most interesting and unique ones as the dish consists of small pieces of pasta cut into squares and with little portions of minced meat. After placed the portion of meat in the middle of the square the four corners would be close so to create little bags of marinated meat.

The preparation of this traditional dish is a work of art that requires much effort, patience and experience. the dish would often be topped with white yoghurt and spicy buttery sauce. Variations of this dish can be seen in many other parts of Turkey as every region has its own way of preparing Manti.

The influence of the Ottoman Empire made the cuisine one of the most varied in the world. The Ottoman Empire founded in 1299 allowed Turkish cuisine to interact with and assimilate cultures from other regions such as central Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean region.

As the Mediterranean kitchens, Turkish cuisine often includes on its recipes, ingredients such as olive oil, wine, salads, fish and lamb. In the same way, that the Ottoman Empire assimilated food cultures from other regions, the Turks also spread their kitchen traditions and dishes to their surroundings.

Baklava. Photo by Orna for Pixabay..

Among these included desserts with honey, baklava, aubergine dishes, raki, yoghurt and many more. These traditions in the kitchen were spread many centuries ago by commerce, especially the yoghurt in Central Asia. Within the empire, there was a high demand for sour yoghurt and sour food.

Turkish cuisine recipes and information can be found in rather old inscriptions dating from the 11th century, which made this evidence of how experienced the traditions are.

On the other hand, we can avoid mentioning the health benefits of this cusine as the use of legumes, olive oil and vegetables are very abundant. if chosen wisely this dishes can contribute to a low cholesterol diet and antioxidant benefits.

As mentioned before, yoghurt a popular component of the meals is a big source of proteins and probiotics as well as the antioxidants benefits of popular vegetables commonly used as the aubergine and the red pepper.

Pide bread. Photo by Edgin Akyurt for Pixabay.

This antique cuisine has been surprising paladars for centuries and is not planned to stop any day soon. Turkish people would always talk proudly of their cuisine as it represents one of the most beautiful things of their culture.

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