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Lahmacun

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Ingredients

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Dough
500 g Plain Flour
1 tablesoon dry yeast
300 ml Water
1 tablespoon Salt
3 tablespoons Olive oil
Topping
500 g minced lamb
4 pcs garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1 pcs onion (grated)
few stalks fresh mint (chopped)
few stalks fresh parsley (chopped)
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pcs green bell pepper (peeled deseeded and sliced)
1 pcs tomatoes (peeled deseeded and chopped)
5 tablespoons Tomato puree
2 tablespoon Olive oil
Salt
Black pepper
Garnish
1 small Onion chopped
1/2 pcs red cabbage
10 pcs radishes (sliced)
few stalks fresh parsley (chopped)
1 pcs lemon juice
200 ml yogurt

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Lahmacun

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Lahmacun is a traditional Turkish dish, which can be found anywhere in Turkey. It's basically flatbread and meat topping, garnished with spices and herbs.

  • 75
  • Serves 6
  • Medium

Ingredients

  • Dough

  • Topping

  • Garnish

Directions

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Lahmacun is a traditional Turkish dish, which can be found anywhere in Turkey. It’s basically flatbread and meat topping, garnished with spices and herbs.

Although toppings vary, minced lamb or beef are used most often, along with vegetables like onions, tomatoes, aubergine, peppers, lettuce, and even garlic and pickles. The most common spices are paprika, cinnamon, cumin and black pepper.

Due to the appearance, ingredients and the way of preparation, sometimes it is called Turkish, Armenian or Lebanese pizza. Of course, it is nothing but banalization and over-simplification. In addition, unlike pizza where cheese is an integral part, lahmacun is made without cheese.

However, there is a common origin of pizza and lahmacun. Flatbread or oven-baked bread with different stuffing existed and still exist in numerous traditional cuisines across the world. In Italy it is focaccia, in Greece pie, in the Balkans it is called pogaca, while in Catalonia is coca. Similar types of flatbreads exist outside Europe. Therefore, in Lebanon, we can find Manakish, and in China bing. The most famous one, is the naan, which can be found in Central and Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent and even in the Caribbean.

According to historical records, in 6th century BC soldiers of the Persian king Darius I baked flatbreads on their shields with a topping made of cheese and dates. In fact, the origin of the lahmacun should be traced here.

The etymological Lahmacun comes from the Arabic word laḥm bi-ʿajīn, which means “meat with dough”.

Lahmacun is also popular in other cuisines, so it is widespread in Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Armenia.

This dish has even been the subject of dispute between Turkey and Armenia. A few years ago two restaurants were opened in Russia, where lamadjo as lahmacun called Armenians is branded as Armenian national dish. This has led to fierce reactions in Turkey and even protests.

Today, this dish has reached global recognition and can be found in many Turkish restaurants around the world.

Steps

1
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In a bowl combine flour, salt, yeast. Add water and knead until you have a dough. Finally, add olive oil, mix again. Cover the bowl with a cloth and leave it near the heat source for approx. 45-60 min. The dough should rise to about double the size.

2
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While the dough is rising, prepare the topping. In a bowl, mix minced meat and finely chopped vegetables and spices.

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Prepare garnish vegetables by slicing radishes and chop cabbage, onion and fresh parsley.

4
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When the dough has risen, knead it again with your hands until it is elastic and smooth.

5
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Divide the dough into 6-7 sections and spread it into an oval length of approx. 25 cm and not more than 2mm thick. The dough should be as thin as possible.

6
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Oil the baking paper and put the dough on it. Pour a thin layer of topping over the dough and place the oven on 200 C for about 10-15 minutes until crispy.

7
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Once the lahmacun has been baked, remove it from the oven, let it cool for a few minutes and garnish with the prepared vegetables.

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Pour over olive oil, lemon juice, yoghurt and serve.

Ivan Majhen

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