Once, a time ago, I was on a stopover in Turkey and the beautiful hotel I stayed at had the most amazing display of bread like food, ranging from the v.dense to light, fluffy, airy ones; with different textures and garnishes. My favorite among the display was Lahmacun, which technically is not bread but what my beautiful friend LS calls the ‘turkish pizza’.
It had been a difficult flight, with yet another long one after; and the hotel & it’s wonderful simple food restored me & my spirits. So much so that even now, the smell of Lahmacun with a drizzle of lemon on it makes me smile so.
Here is my attempt to recreate that wonderful dish. This simple recipe comes to you, courtesy of Zeyda Üstün at the Mymerhaba website.
What We Used:For the Dough Flour – 2 cups
Salt – 1/8 tbsp
Vegetable Oil – 2 tsps
WaterFor the Topping
Minced Turkey – 1/8 pound Diced Onions – 1/2 an onion
Diced Tomatoes – 1/2 a tomato Tomato paste – 1 tbsp Diced Yellow Pepper – 1/4 Diced Eggplant – just a spoonful Garlic Paste – 1/4 tsp Chopped Parsley – a handful Chopped Cilantro – a handful Salt & Pepper – to taste
Lemon – for drizzling
How We Did It:
- Mix & knead the ingredients for the dough together. Roll out till it is very thin.
- Mix the ingredients for the topping together.
- Add toppings to the dough (I placed vegggie toppings on one half and veggie / non-veg toppings on the other half – just for variety).
- Bake in a 450 ºF for 10 – 12 minutes.
- Drizzle lemon on it and enjoy with a bowl of yogurt.
Edited to add: Mine doesn’t look exactly like the ones you get in Turkey because (after much fretting) I realized I forgot to add the tomato paste to my recipe (it was yum nonetheless).