Tuesday, October 19, 2010
gozleme,a turkish flat bread !
Gozleme is a turkish flat bread,very traditional,common and popular street food in turkey .Its basically stuffed flat bread/paratha with spinach and two types of cheese,feta and mozerella,or pumpkin filling or some other non-veg filling but since i am vegeterian and this blog is also a vegeterian food blog ,the spinach stuff was the best and perfect one for me,i had tasted this dish first,an yr back in tesselar tulip festival in melbourne,it was a wine and food festival weekend and we had this lovely dish over there and since then we 3 became fan of gozlemes.A couple of weeks back ,on a sunday we had been to docklands sunday market at water front city,very close to our house,hardly 5-10 mins walk and we 3 went for a stroll that day and we found a small food stall named as mama's gozleme in that market and immediatley we remembered our trip to tulip farms and we ordered for spinach and cheese gozleme,the taste was awesome and much better than the one which we had in tulip farms and when i told the lady who was making them that i loved these gozlemes , i ended up asking her the recipe if she could share and she immediately told me the recipe roughly and the very next day i made them in my kitchen,it was more or less the same taste and i was glad,again the next weekend i went there and thanked her for the recipe,she was highly impressed when she came to know i made them at my home,this dish is really very simple and easy to make just that the breads are indeed very flat and thin and it depends if you want crisp you can add semolina or else you can skip them and just roll the dough in plain flour for soft flat breads which we had in tulip festival,we liked the crisp one better :))
ingredients for the dough :
1-11/2 cup plain flour
1 tsp active dried yeast
salt to taste
warm water as required
ingredients for stuffing :
1 cup fresh chopped spinach leaves
1/2 cup mixed shredded feta and mozeralla cheese
1/2 cup plain flour + 2 tbsp coarse semolina (rava ) for dusting
olive oil as required for frying
Mix flour,salt and yeast together in a mixing bowl,add water as required and knead a soft dough.Grease a bowl and place this dough and cover it with a cling film and let it rest for 30-40 mins or till double in size,punch it down and divide into lemon size balls.Roll out the balls into very thin circular discs/round/oval shape using the dry flour & rava mixture.Mix the spinach leaves ,feta and mozerella cheese together .Place handful of this mixture on one side of the rolled disc,cover with the other end and press the sides with the finger so that both the ends stick together nicely.Heat the tava/griddle/pan,drizzle generously some olive oil all over and fry the flat bread both the sides evenly till you see brown spots and crisp.Serve hot with lemon slices,squeeze the lemon juice all over the flat bread and njoy the turkish bread.
pls note :
Since feta cheese and mozerrela cheese are salty i didnt add any salt and actually it was not required so pls avoid adding salt in this stuffing.
the thinner the rolled dough,the better will be the dish,so try and roll out thin discs.
Below r the pics of tulip festival's gozleme food counter..