February 26th, 2007
Guess who got me interested in Turkish language; Dear AyseBetul. She is Pinaar and Cuneyt’s daughter. They are the first familyÂ from Turkey that I met. I was fascinated and impressed by their food, their language and even more by them. I ate for the very first time, borek, pogaca, baklava etc at their place. AyseBetul was about 6 months old when I first saw her, so basically I had to learn small turkish words, so that I could talk to her and atleast understand her.
Ofcourse, 6 years have gone by and now I have not only learnt lots of Turkish words, recipes, but I have found so many common words between Turkish and Hindi (common language spoken in India). Amazing huh?
Oh ya, and ofcourse Pinaar’s other kids are Serdar (means Captain, in Turkish and Hindi – he is so cute, I heard today, some girls from his class like him ) and Bahar (means Spring in Turkish and Hindi). Now what was I telling you about, common words.
Pinaar says that generally common ingredients are used to make different types of pogaca, you may replace milk with yogurt sometimes, margarine for oil, etc
1 tbsp yeast,
1 tbsp sugar,
1/2 cup warm water,
1/2 cup oil,
1 cup warm milk,
salt, about 1 tsp
Flour (As much as needed)
1 egg for brushing the tops (used later in the recipe)
cheese (feta/cottage/turkish etc) with parsley, or meat, or potatoes
First soak the yeast and sugar in the warm water, for about 15 minutes (or you see bubbles). Now add mix the oil, milk, egg, and salt to this. Mix, then add flour a little bit at a time, and keep kneading for quite sometime! (Yeah I mean it, the more you mix, the softer your bread will get) Finally, stop adding the flour, when the dough is soft (The turkish women, told me that it should be as soft as your earlobe, and then I asked them what if, someones earlobes are not soft? I know, I am being silly )
Then let the dough sit for about 20 minutes (It will rise). Now pinch out some balls, and roll them to form small discs/circles, put your filling in it. Fold it to get a semi-circle. Gently press the open end.
As you are doing this, lay them on the baking tray. When all are done, brush the tops with egg yolk. Let it rest for about 30 minutes in a warm place.
After 30 minutes, they will be bigger in size. Bake this at 350 deg F.
Remove tray, cover with a dry towel for a few minutes. Thats it. Eat them warm.
You could make them earlier and freeze them in plastic bags, and microwave and serve them.