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How to make Balik Ekmek: Fish Sandwich

Balik Ekmek is a Turkish fish sandwich with healthy ingredients, such as fish, that contains essential nutrients, like low-fat, proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids. You can use soft Turkish bread or soft bread rolls based on your preferences. Here is the list of ingredients and instructions to make Balik Ekmek. Read on!


You will need the following ingredients for Balik Ekmek

  • Two soft Turkish bread or soft bread rolls
  • Two smocked mackerel fillets
  • A half lemon and Turkish chili flakes

For the salad, you will need these ingredients

  • One tablespoon of pomegranate molasses
  • One tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • A half teaspoon of honey
  • Six tablespoons of olive oil
  • A half-red pepper–sliced
  • ¼ iceberg lettuce – shredded
  • A half carrot – thinly striped or grated
  • One small red onion – sliced
  • Salt and pepper

For the yogurt sauce, you will need the following ingredients

  • One tablespoon of natural yogurt
  • One tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • A handful of chopped parsley


  1. Combine white vinegar, pomegranate molasses, olive oil, and salt and pepper to make the salad dressing
  2. Add the mixture into a jar and close the lid to combine well
  3. Now combine all salad ingredients and add dressing to coat
  4. Now set aside and mix the ingredients for the yogurt sauce
  5. Season with salt and set aside
  6. Assemble the sandwiches by adding a yogurt sauce layer and smoked mackerel
  7. Use salad and Turkish chili flakes for topping
  8. Close the sandwich and serve it with lemon wedges

How to make Kumpir: Must-Have Snack

Kumpir is one of the staple snacks in Istanbul, Turkey. It is fast food available on the streets of Istanbul. However, you can make the snack in your home kitchen by baking potatoes and stuffing them with different kinds of filling, such as olive, sweet corn, sausage, pickles, choose, and vegetables. Here is the list of ingredients and instructions to make Kumpir. Read on!


  • Four large potatoes
  • Two medium beef sausage
  • One medium carrot
  • Three tablespoons of sweet corn
  • Three tablespoons of green peas
  • Black and green olives
  • Pickled cabbage and cucumber
  • White cheese–grated
  • Cheddar cheese – grated
  • 100 grams of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mayonnaise and ketchup for topping
  • Celery and dill for topping


  1. Cook potatoes in your oven
  2. Remove from oven and make holes in the center
  3. Create a bowl-like shape and set aside
  4. Mash the scarped potatoes in a large bowl
  5. Mix the remaining stuffing and season with pepper and salt
  6. Adjust the taste based on salt and pepper
  7. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  8. Now place the potato bowls into the oven
  9. Cook for 30-35 minutes
  10. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with dill or celery
  11. You can also use mayonnaise and tomato sauce
  12. Serve the delicious Kumpir

How to make Durum: Turkish Wrap

Durum is a wrap filled with doner kebabs and lavash flatbreads. In addition to doner kebabs, you can add vegetables to the dish to make it healthier and more delicious. Here is the list of ingredients and instructions to make Durum in your home kitchen. Read on!


You will need the following ingredients for masoor kebab

  • One cup of masoor dal
  • A half cup of chana dal
  • One boiled potato
  • A half cup of mint leaves
  • A half cup of coriander leaves
  • One tablespoon of ginger and garlic paste
  • One tablespoon of green chili paste
  • One teaspoon of garam masala
  • One teaspoon of red chili powder
  • One teaspoon of chat spices

Other ingredients you will need for Durum are

  • Two flatbreads
  • Two cubes of grilled potatoes
  • Two cubes of grilled cheese
  • Onions and tomatoes
  • Mayo sauce and tomato sauce
  • Lettuce


  1. Wash and soak dal and set aside overnight
  2. Boil both dal in pressure cookers separately
  3. Drain excess water and set aside to cool
  4. Mash dal and roast them in a pan
  5. Add boiled potatoes, herbs, and spices to the pan
  6. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool
  7. Mix all spices and grease kebabs
  8. Assembling the Durum requires
    1. Making the flatbread
    2. When ready, spread mayo and all veggies based on your preferences
    3. Place kebabs along the grilled choose, potatoes, and other toppings
    4. Wrap tight and transfer to the serving dish
  9. Serve the dish with sauce
  10. Enjoy the delicious Durum

Note: you can use a half cup of oats powder and three pods of cardamom powder based on your preference or taste.

Borek: Spinach Or Meat Puffs – Turkish Dishes & Recipes

Borek is a Turkish dish with spinach and feta cheese. It contains layers of phyllo sheets and fillings of herbs and cheese with yogurt sauce in between, making it a delicious and savory Turkish pastry.

The best thing about Turkish Borek is that you can store it in the freezer and warm it to enjoy it as a snack. Here are the ingredients and instructions to make Turkish Borek. Read on!


You will need the following ingredients for the yogurt sauce

  • Three eggs
  • Two cups of yogurt
  • ¼ cup of olive oil

You will need these ingredients for the filling

  • Two cups of chopped spinach
  • ¼ cup of chopped dill
  • A half cup of chopped parsley
  • A half cup of grated mozzarella
  • A half cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper

For Borek, you will need 12 phyllo sheets and two tablespoons of sesame or nigella seeds. Let us now discuss the steps to make Turkish Borek.


  1. Whisk eggs, olive oil, and yogurt in a medium bowl
  2. Combine spinach, parsley, green onions, olive oil, cheese, salt, and pepper in another bowl
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  4. Brush the pan with oil
  5. Cut the sheets to fit the baking pan
  6. Cover them with a kitchen towel
  7. Line the phyllo sheet in a pan and brush two tablespoons of mixture on it
  8. Fold the edges to the center and place the second phyllo sheet
  9. Repeat this for six sheets
  10. Spread the filling on top of the phyllo sheet
  11. Pour the rest of the yogurt and egg mixture on top
  12. Spread the mixture evenly
  13. Slice the Borek in squares, followed by a sprinkling of sesame or nigella seeds
  14. Bake the Borek for 40 minutes to achieve a golden color
  15. Remove the oven and cool for 15 minutes
  16. Serve the delicious Borek

İmam Bayildi: A Spicy Delight – Turkish Recipes

Iman Bayildi is one of the most iconic Turkish recipes. It is made from eggplant and contains flavors of vegetables and olive oil. If you want to make this spicy delight at home, follow the list of ingredients and instructions in this post. Read on!


  • Two medium eggplants
  • One large onion
  • Six cloves of garlic
  • One pound of tomatoes
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley
  • Two tablespoons of fresh dill
  • Two tablespoons of fresh basil
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Two teaspoons of sugar
  • Two tablespoons of lemon juice – this is optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Use a foil or brush to line the olive oil on the baking sheet
  3. Slit the eggplants and place them on the baking sheet
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes and remove from oven
  5. Transfer them to the colander in the sink and drain for 30 minutes
  6. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet with a lid
  7. Add onions and cook for 5-10 minutes
  8. Now add garlic and stir for 30 seconds
  9. Remove from the heat and put in the bowl
  10. Add herbs, tomatoes, and salt to taste
  11. Next, add sugar and the remaining oil
  12. Turn the eggplants and place them in the pan
  13. Season with salt and add tomato and onion mixture
  14. Mix these ingredients with the remaining olive oil
  15. Cover the pan and bring to a boil, and simmer for 1.5 hours
  16. Once cooked, remove from the pan and allow to cool
  17. Serve at room temperature and enjoy

Note: We recommend toasting the eggplants in advance or a few hours before cooking the dish.

How to Make Tarta De Santiago – Spanish Almond Cake

Tarta De Santiago is a delicious Spanish almond cake and the most popular dessert in Spain, central and south America. The traditional Tarta de Santiago has ground almonds, eggs, and sugar. It is the healthiest dessert to prepare and eat because it does not contain gluten. Let us give the list of ingredients and instructions to make Spanish almond cake. Read on!


You will need the following ingredients for the cake

  • Two cups of ground almonds – raw and peeled
  • One or two cups of sugar
  • Five eggs
  • Lemon zest from half a lemon
  • One tablespoon of liquor
    • You can use almond or vanilla extract as substitutes
  • One teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Topping requires the following ingredients

  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh fruits


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Use a food processor to pulse the almonds
  3. Beat the egg and sugar to create a pale and creamy mixture
  4. Add lemon zest, cinnamon, and liquor (almond or vanilla as alternatives)
  5. Grease a springform pan with butter
  6. Now pour in cake batter
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes to ensure the cake is golden brown
  8. Use a toothpick to test the cake
  9. Remove from oven and set aside to cool in the pan
  10. Transfer to the serving dish and decorate with powdered sugar

Note: Although you can use a small-sized springform dish, we recommend using a large-sized or 10-inch pie dish to avoid complications and optimize the process. Adjust the bake time if you are using lower quantities of ingredients.

How to Make Crema Catalana – Spanish Caramel Custard

Although Crema Catalana is somewhat similar to crème Brulee, it has a thinner crust and contains flavorings from cinnamon and orange rind. If you want to make this Spanish caramel custard in your kitchen, follow the list of ingredients and instructions in this recipe. Read on!


  • Two tablespoons of cornstarch
  • Two or three cups of whole milk
  • A big slice of lemon and orange
    • Not the zest
  • One cinnamon stick
  • Five large egg yolks
  • A half cup of superfine sugar
  • Sugar to caramelize
  • Fruit figs – fresh
    • Use strawberries or raspberries


  1. Add milk to a saucepan and place it on the stove
  2. Add orange peels and the cinnamon stick
  3. Now bring it to a boil
  4. Use water to dissolve the cornstarch and set aside
  5. Beat the egg yolks with sugar while the milk heats slowly
  6. Continue beating until you achieve a pale-yellow mixture
  7. Add the dissolved cornstarch to a spoonful of milk
  8. Remove the orange or lemon peels and cinnamon sticks from the milk
  9. Next, lower the heat and add the yolk mixture to the milk
  10. Stir over low or medium heat to thicken the mixture
  11. Remove from the heat and add the mix to ramekins or clay dishes
  12. Set aside to cool the custard and cover it in plastic wrap
  13. Sprinkle some sugar on top of the ramekin
  14. Top with raspberries or strawberries
  15. Enjoy the delicious Spanish caramel custard

How to Make Arroz Con Leche – Spanish Rice Pudding

Arroz Con Leche, also known as Spanish Rice Pudding, is a traditional Spanish dessert. You won’t resist the delectable and yummy Spanish rice pudding if you love pudding and cinnamon. So, here is the list of ingredients and instructions to make Arroz Con Leche. Read on!


  • Seven cups of water
  • One cup of long-grain rice
  • One 12-ounce evaporated milk
  • Two cinnamon sticks
  • One 14-once sweetened milk–condensed
  • One cup of whole milk
  • Cinnamon


  1. Add cinnamon sticks, water, and rice to the saucepan
  2. Cook these ingredients on a medium or high heat
  3. Bring to a boil and cook for 15-20 minutes
  4. Drain liquid from the pain and remove cinnamon sticks
  5. Now add rice to the pan and add
    1. Condensed milk
    2. Whole milk
    3. Evaporated milk
  6. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes
  7. Continue stirring to prevent milk from burning
  8. Pour rice into the serving cups and use cinnamon for sprinkling
  9. Serve warm
  10. Enjoy the delicious rice pudding

Note: You can use one teaspoon of cinnamon in the milk if you want to alter the taste or love it. Use pure milk, whether evaporated, whole, or condensed.

How to Make Membrillo Con Queso – Quince Jam With Cheese

Membrillo Con Queso is one of Spain’s most popular and easiest recipes. If you haven’t tried quince jam with cheese, now is the time to make it. So, without further ado, let us give you a list of ingredients and simple steps to make quince jam with cheese. Read on!


  • Manchego cheese
  • Lemon zest
  • Membrillo or quince paste
  • Culinary lavender buds
  • Pine nuts


  1. Start the process by removing the rind from the Manchego cheese
  2. Slice the cheese into the desired quantity or ¼-inch triangles
  3. Now place a slice of quince or Membrillo paste on top of the cheese
  4. Add some lavender and a few “pine nuts.”
  5. The Membrillo Con Queso is ready to taste and enjoy

How to Make Migas – Scrambled Bread

Migas is one of the most delicious and traditional Spanish dishes made with leftover bread. Although you can find Migas in various restaurants, it is a household dish popular in rural areas. Here is the list of ingredients and instructions to make Migas, also known as scrambled bread. Read on!


  • Four cups of fresh breadcrumbs
  • One cup of olive oil
  • 7 ounces of sliced bacon
  • Two slices of bread – cut them into cubes
  • One tablespoon of paprika
  • One clove of minced garlic
  • Salt to taste


  1. Use a moist cloth to wrap breadcrumbs for eight hours or overnight
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan when you are ready to cook
  3. Heat the oil over medium heat
  4. Add bacon to the oil and cook for seven minutes
  5. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon
  6. Place it on a plate lined with a paper towel
  7. Add bread cubes to the oil and stir or cook until browned
  8. Stir in breadcrumbs, garlic, paprika, and salt
  9. Cook for a few minutes and remove from heat
  10. Mix all ingredients and serve the delectable Migas

Note: you can use serrano ham instead of bacon. Although most people use bacon, you can substitute serrano ham for it if you don’t like it. All other ingredients remain the same!