Turkish, Middle Eastern and Asian Food Blog

Learn more about Turkish and South Asian food by reading these informative posts about everything from the history to the latest crazes in modern cuisine.

The Amazing Health Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt & How to Use ItHimalayan salt comes from mines in Pakistan close to the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. It is used for many purposes including as a cooking ingredient, and as a natural remedy for ailments and it is also used in the form of salt...

5 Pakistani Spices That Make the Perfect Gift for FoodiesNo matter where you come from, you're probably familiar with some spices. They are an important part of daily life in Pakistan. Many a time a Pakistani mother has prepared a delicious Chicken Qurma for a Dawat that is due in the morning, and her...

Cooking with Chia Seeds: Recipes to Try at HomeChia seeds are all the rage right now, and it's not hard to see why. These tiny, tasteless (not in a negative sense) seeds are high in fibre, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids, and they're low in calories. Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds will...

What is Kahvaltı? A Traditional Turkish BreakfastWhen talking about the culture of the people of Türkiye, one of the first things that spring to mind is what they eat for breakfast. Enjoying the weekend after the whole week's work should start with the best breakfast, and the Turks sure know...

Top 12 Vegetarian Turkish Foods You Must Try on a Visit to TürkiyeAlthough Turkey (officially known as the Republic of Türkiye) is known for its amazing meat dishes, as a vegetarian or someone who enjoys a meatless diet, you really don't have to miss out on mouthwatering Turkish cuisine. Here are some of the...

5 Essential Health-Packed Ingredients in Turkish CuisineAside from its beautiful tourist destinations, Turkey is also known for its aromatic, healthy, and unique cuisine.Turkish cuisine is based on seasonal ingredients that are grown all over the country. Every region has their own specialities and...

What to put on your Empty Kitchen WallAre you staring at the vacant walls in your kitchen, wondering what you can do with them to make them less boring? Plain walls can leave you undecided, but do not worry. You can give a minimalist look to your existing walls and a new, impressive...

What is Bubble Tea and How to Make itAn interesting drink concept originating from Taiwan, Bubble tea is a tea-based drink that can be made with milk or fruit juice, with chewy tapioca pearls, also known as Boba.Where Did Bubble Tea Come From?Bubble tea has been consumed with much...

Rajma: A Traditional Kashmiri Kidney Bean Curry RecipeKidney beans, or rajma, are extremely good for health and offer an ample portion of protein, fibre, folate and magnesium in every serving.As with salads, bean burger patties and Mexican chilli dishes, kidney beans also go really well in curries too....

North Indian Cuisine: Vegan Chickpea Curry RecipeChickpeas are a great meat-free option for mealtimes and have various health benefits such as aiding weight management and improving digestion.Chickpea curries can be enjoyed by everyone including vegetarians and vegans. In fact, South Asian cuisine...

Super Easy Vegetarian Red Lentil Dhal Curry RecipeIt's a well-known fact that lentils and pulses are incredibly good for you, packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre as well as being low in fat, so this traditional Punjabi curry dish is made with red split lentils is the ultimate...

Homemade Meat Curry Recipe: Great for Lamb, Mutton or BeefIf a lamb curry is something you enjoy in one of your favourite South Asian restaurants, or if you are feeling adventurous in the kitchen with a bit of meat, then this meat curry (also known as Gosht ka salan) recipe is the recipe for you! This...

Pakistani Style Chicken Curry RecipeWhether you have enjoyed it in a South Asian restaurant, or grown-up eating it in a desi household, chicken curry is the ultimate comfort food and a wholesome dish that the whole family will enjoy.A classic chicken curry dish can be created with...

All About Turkish CoffeeThere are many aspects of Turkish culture that everyone can benefit from and enjoy.If you relish the idea of sitting outdoors watching the sunset over the Bosphorus while sipping a hot glass of Turkish tea, then another idea you might not want to...

Turkish Tea: A Traditional Wonder of Turkey“Where there’s tea there’s hope”-Arthur Wing PineroIf you visit Turkey or any other Turkish community around the world for that matter, it can’t be helped to notice groups of happy people sat in café drinking a...

What is Baklava? A Sweet Treat From the EastThere is nothing quite like relaxing after a long day with a cup of delicious Turkish tea and a piece of wonderful baklava, which is a delectable dessert made up of several layers of crunchy filo pastry, filled with nuts and soaked in syrup.Baklava...

10 Types of Cooking Oils & Their BenefitsCooking oils are used in many different ways and are essential to culinary practices in general; without oil, many kinds of dishes that exist simply could not be produced.Here is some information about cooking oils plus a guide to the most commonly...

10 Types of Rice & How They are UsedRice is eaten all over the world and is a staple food in many countries, without a doubt, it is one of the most important types of food on earth. Being the third most produced product in the world, after sugarcane and corn, the rice industry is...

The Story of SaffronA red, string-like looking ingredient used in cooking, saffron isn’t just any regular spice and its story is intertwined with history and legend.What is Saffron and What is it Used For?Saffron is a spice that derives from the Crocus sativus...

The Difference Between Herbs and SpicesFood would not be the same without herbs, and spices and people may not actually realise how important they are; imagine the culinary world without these precious seasonings… it would be quite bland indeed!Herbs and spices add delicious...

Different Types of Turkish Delight & Why It's So GoodIn the West, the mere mention of Turkish delight conjures up images of snow witches and little children who don fur coats and wander off into adventures through the back of their wardrobes, not to mention a particular chocolate-coated bar that comes...

All You Need To Know About SumacSumac is a spice often used in Turkish cooking in dishes such as hummus and lahmacun, but is has some other uses as well such as tanning and for medical purposes.What is Sumac?A flowering plant, one of 35 species in the Rhus genus, sumac is grown in...

Top 10 Foods from TurkeyAs a country that is located on the continents of both Europe and Asia, and with a history that dates back to centuries of cultural influences from across the globe, it is not surprising that Turkey can be considered to be the culinary capital of...

2 Sweet & Savoury Salad Recipes to Get You Through the SummerThere is nothing quite like a cooling salad to refresh your senses during the summer. Rather than tucking into a hot dinner, salads are a great way of cooling your body temperate down as well as getting in loads of vitamins and minerals that will...

10 Types of Nuts and Their BenefitsNuts are mostly the seeds of trees that are grown inside a hard shell. Not only are nuts wonderfully delicious, but they are also incredibly beneficial to health.Unless someone has a nut allergy, there is no reason why nuts shouldn't be incorporated...

South Asian Food: Bangladeshi CuisineBangladesh is a small country lined with rivers and has a tropical monsoon climate, so it is only natural that seafood plays a big part in the diet of the people of Bangladesh (on average, 80% of animal protein in their diet comes from...

South Asian Food: Sri Lankan CuisineSri Lanka has a rich and ancient history which dates back to the Palaeolithic era (the Old Stone Age) making the country a source of interest for historians and many others.There is evidence of human settlements dating back to at least 125,000 years...

What Is the Difference between Indian and Pakistani Food?India is a huge country that covers several regions, and each region is home to its people who have developed their own different ways of life over thousands of years, including their different languages and of course, cuisines. Not only that, but...

15 Types of Herbs and Their UsesOne of the things that both Turkish and South Asian cuisines have in common is the abundant use of herbs. The aromaticness of the herbs, along with their unique flavours and their healing properties, are all part and parcel of what makes the...

Indian Sweets: 10 of the Best Types of Mithai You Have to TryWhen going for a meal in an Indian restaurant, you may have spotted Gulab Jamun on the dessert menu, but step into a mithai shop and you will be amazed to see you are actually stepping into a whole new world of luxury dessert sweets that perhaps you...

Top 12 Essential Spices for Indian CookingWhen it comes to cooking up the culinary delights of Southern Asia, there is a multitude of herbs and spices that you can use to acquire the exquisite flavours and pungent aromas that would make any high street Indian takeaway pale in...

Paratha Recipe: How to Make Plain and Stuffed ParathaThere are different kinds of paratha, including the plain and stuffed varieties, they are equally delicious in their own right and it's good to know how to make both.What is a Paratha?A paratha is a layered flatbread that has been shallow-friend and...

Lahmacun RecipeAlso referred to as Turkish pizza, Lahmacun is a thin, crispy flatbread, that has been topped with minced meat, onions, tomatoes, herbs such as parsley and spices such as cumin and paprika and then baked.Unlike a pizza, it doesn't have cheese on it...

Kalburabastı RecipeKalburabastı are traditional Turkish pastries that are filled with nuts and soaked in syrup, they are usually made for celebrations such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.Kalburabastı tastes similar to biscuits but with the texture of pastry,...

2 Easy Turkish Pudding Recipes That You Must TryTwo easy dessert recipes for Supangle and Sütlaç, these milk-based Turkish puddings are a must-try for every lover of Turkish cookery and cuisine. They are also the perfect comfort food that can be served warm or cold.SupangleSupangle is...

The History of Mughal CuisineAlong with the Mughal rule over most of the Indian subcontinent from 1426 to 1857, came a cuisine that was rich in aromatic spices and lavishly enhanced with delicacies such as dried fruits and nuts. Recipes that were once prepared for Emperors and...

The History of Turkish CuisineIn Turkey, there is a diverse and rich food culture that owes itself to the produce from the vast lands that the Turks have lived on throughout history.Central Asia - The Historical Homeland of the TurksSince the Neolithic era, in Central Asia, the...

The A to Z of Turkish IngredientsIf you have ever had the pleasure of tasting Turkish cuisine, or strolling through a spice bazaar, then you will be well aware that when it comes to seasonings, flavours and ingredients, the people of Turkey certainly know their stuff.As Turkey is...

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