14 Dishes that Show Turkish Cuisine is the Best

Turkish cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. It has enormous varieties of foods. Turkish cuisine is so rich that every part of Turkey has micro-kitchen. In this article, you will see 14 extremely delicious Turkish dishes which shows Turkish cuisine is the best in the planet. Caution: If you are hungry, do not continue. Eat something and come back again.



Easy to prepare nutritious Turkish dish Menemen

Menemen is a common food in Turkey. It is Turkish-Style scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions, and chillies. It is popular because it is nutritious and delicious. Ingredients are easy to find and cheap.

Adana Kebap

Adana Kebab - Image Credit: yemek.com

Adana Kebab – Image Credit: yemek.com

Kebab is the most popular Turkish food all around the world. However, there are many types of the kebab. Adana Kebab is one of the delicious ones. Adana is a city located south of Turkey. The place is so popular with its delightful kebabs that minced kebab called with the name of the city; Adana kebab.

Ezogelin Çorbası – Lentil and Mint Soup

Ezo Gelin Çorbasi - Image Credit:ardaninmutfagiEzo Gelin Çorbasi – Image Credit: ardaninmutfagi

Soups are the indispensable part of Turkish cuisine. They are common starters which warm the stomach before the main dishes. The literal meaning of the Ezogelin Çorbası is the Soup of Ezo the Bride. Ezo was a real person. She had to marry with a relative from Syria. She was longing for her homeland Gaziantep. Ezogelin put her longing and feelings into her soups and the soup became so famous. She couldn’t stand this longing and poverty and died at young ages. The soup named after this lady.

Ali Nazik

Ali Nazik is an example of Turkish Cuisine - Image credit is İmam ÇağdaşAli Nazik is an example of Turkish Cuisine – Image credit is İmam Çağdaş

It is symbols of the Gaziantep Cuisine. The name Ali Nazik came when the Ottoman padishah Yavuz Sultan Selim visited Gaziantep in the 16th century.  Grilled eggplants are pureed and mixed with the yoghurt and tendered with lamb stew. The padishah likes it so it is very scrumptious.

Yaprak Sarma

Yaprak SarmaVegan Turkish dish Yaprak Sarma

Yaprak Sarma is a vegan Turkish dish which is made of rolled grape vine leaves with special rice. It is an art form of dishes because each roll should be a finger size. If you want to cook it, there is a tip use olive oil. It is more popular with olive oil and named Zeytin Yağlı Yaprak Sarma.

Maltıhalı (Mercimekli) Köfte – Lentil Balls

Mercimekli Köfte - Lentils BallsMercimekli Köfte – Lentils Balls

Boiled and softened lentils are mixed with the bulgur grain. It includes onion, tomatoes, potatoes, and some herbs. The result is this delicious and healthy special Turkish dishes.  You can serve it with salad and ayran.

İçli Köfte

İçli Köfte - Stuffed Meat Balls - Image Credit: yemek.comFilled Meat Balls (İçli Köfte) – Image Credit: yemek.com

İçli Köfte, kibbeh in Arabic, is filled meatball. Bulgur shells are filled with onion and meat fillings. Then, shells are closed and boiled or fried depend on your taste. It is very popular in the Middle East so there are many variations. It is time-consuming prepare it but the result worth it.

Hamsi Tava – Fried Anchovies

Hamsi TavaHamsi Tava – Image Credit: nalia.com.tr

Anchovies known as Hamsi are very famous in the Black Sea region. Hamsi Tava is just one of the many delicious ways that anchovies are prepared and cooked in Turkey. There are Hamsi döner,  Hamsi pilav(rice), soups, and many more dishes include this small fishes. There is even a dessert.

Döner Kebab

Döner KebabWrap of Döner Kebab – Image Credit: desiblitz.com

Döner kebab (turning kebab or rotating grilled meat) is also very well known Turkish dish. Authentic Turkish döner is made from lamb. The horizontally hung meat is grilled while rotating and cooked surface is sliced. It is served inside a wrap with salad or lay over the rice which is called pilav üstü döner. You can find it almost every big city outside of Turkey. It can be regarded as Turkish style fast-food.

Çiğ Köfte

Çiğ KöfteÇiğ Köfte

Şanlıurfa is the city of prophets. It is believed that Abraham lived there. According to rumour, Abraham invited Nemrud to believe in God and destroy statues. Nemrud became angry and commanded Abraham to be thrown to fire. All the woods are collected to fire Abraham and having a fire in the city was forbidden. A hunter hunted a gazelle but he wasn’t allowed to cook it. Then his wife came up with a fascinating solution. She took a piece of fat-free meat from gazelle then hit it with stone. She mixed the squeezed meat with the bulgur, paper, and salt. The result is mouth-watering çiğ köfte.

Etli Kuru Fasulye – White Bean Stew

Kuru FasulyeKuru Fasulye

White bean is a common Turkish dish and has many variations. You can cook white beans with beef or lamb stew and have etli kuru fasulye or you can skip the meat part and have kuru fasulye. It is very nutritious and you can find every part of Turkey. If you go to Istanbul, you will see the restaurants where you can eat the best Kuru Fasulye behind the Süleymaniye Mosque.



This is my favourite food. It is called Turkish pizza in some places. Minced meat is combined with tomatoes, red pepper, parsley, garlic, and spicy. Then, this mixture put on the thin dough and cooked in the stone oven. The bread should be crispy and squeeze lemon to give some aroma. It is so tasty.

Mantı – Dumpling

MantıMantı – Image Credit: yemek.com

Turkish cuisine is part of the culture. Mantı is an example of the cooperative culture between the neighbours and relatives. It is very labour intensive so it is hard to make it alone. People come together to prepare these tiny square doughs and fill them with ground beef. Nice conversations make it taste better because the secret ingredient is love. After all these efforts, you will have dumpling with garlic yoghurt sauce and spice infused olive oil.


Su BöreğiSu Böreği is an example of Turkish böreks – Image Credit: kadinlarduysun.com

Börek means layered pies and pastries. Turkish cuisine has many varieties of this delicious food. The main ingredient is phyllo dough. You can put the filling whatever you have in your house including but not limited to meat, spinach, potatoes, and cheese. You can find in different shapes and tastes. It is common dishes so you can find easily all around the Turkey.

Turkish Cuisine

I have written only popular foods which tourist may know. There are lots of dishes in each food category. There are some cities in Turkey which have more dishes than many countries. Gaziantep, a part of UNESCO Creative Cities Network on Gastronomy, and Hatay are the example of these cities. If you can stay up to here and want to become more hungry, you should read

 5 Mouth-Watering Turkish Desserts.

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