What to Eat in Ankara? - Flavors of Turkey

Ankara is the capital and second most populous city of Turkey. Ankara, which has a rich history and culture, is also famous for its delicious food. Let's see what to eat in Ankara . Here are some famous dishes to try in Ankara.

Flavors of Turkey: What to Eat in Ankara?

There are many traditional Turkish cuisine restaurants in Ankara and you can taste delicious meals in these restaurants. Let's quickly enter the list before we get hungry.

Ankara Pan

Ankara pan is one of the most famous dishes of Ankara cuisine. This dish, made with meat, onion and pepper, is usually cooked with barley noodles or rice. Ankara pan is usually cooked in the oven and a delicious meat noodle and rice dish is obtained with the meat broth. The main ingredient is lamb shank.

Ankara Bagel

Ankara bagel is a type of bagel specific to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. It is thinner, smaller and crispier than other types of bagels. Additionally, it is fuller and harder due to the absence of oil in its content. The most distinctive feature of the Ankara bagel is its dark brown color, which it gets from the hot grape molasses spread on it before cooking.

Tamtak Tiridi

Tamtak tiridi is one of the traditional dishes of Ankara cuisine. This soup, made with bulgur, meat and water, is preferred especially in winter months. The name of Tamtak tirid comes from the consistency of bulgur after cooking.

Ox Helva

This halva is made with flour, molasses and butter. Ox helva takes its name from the consistency it gets after cooking. To make ox halva, first flour and butter are roasted in a pan. Molasses is added to the roasted flour and mixed. When the halva thickens, it is removed from the stove and served hot.

Tandoori Bun

Tandır bun is one of the most popular traditional breads of Ankara cuisine. Baked in the tandoor, this bun stands out with its crispy texture and delicious taste.

Mix yeast, yoghurt, mineral water and salt dissolved in warm water. The mixture is kneaded thoroughly and the dough is waited for fermentation. The fermented dough is divided into pieces. The pieces taken from each piece are opened and oiled one by one. Then small cuts are made and the filling is added and closed. Finally, put yoghurt in a bag on the dough and bake it in the oven at 180 degrees.

Beypazarı Stew

Beypazarı Stew is a traditional dish made in the Beypazarı district of Ankara. This dish is made with cubed meat, rice, tomatoes, peppers and spices. Beypazarı casserole is usually cooked in the oven.

Beypazarı Stuffed Leaves

Beypazarı stuffed grape leaves, as the name suggests, is a famous delicacy in the Beypazarı district. This dish is wrapped with akpuscule leaves, a small, veinless, silky leaf unique to Beypazarı. The stuffing is made with rice, onion, peanuts, currants and spices. Beypazarı stuffed vine leaves are usually cooked in the oven.

İnceğiz Soup

İnceğiz Soup is a traditional soup made in Akyurt district of Ankara. This soup is made with chickpeas, wheat, lamb and purslane stalks. İnceğiz soup is generally consumed during the winter months.

Blind of the Dead

Öllük Körü is a traditional dish of Ankara. This dish is made with noodles, minced meat, onion, tomato, pepper and spices. The dead meat is usually cooked in the oven. The dead meat is usually served hot. You can drizzle yoghurt and tomato paste on it.

Bici Vaccine

Bici vaccine is made with vine leaves, bulgur, onion, tomato, pepper and spices. Bici vaccine is generally consumed during the winter months. Bici vaccine is usually served hot. You can drizzle yoghurt and tomato paste on it.

Homacha

Homaça is made with meat, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and spices. Homaça is generally consumed during the winter months. The meat is cooked until the water is absorbed. Besides the well-cooked meat, tomatoes and peppers should not be cooked too much. The word "Homaça" means "containing meat".

Malak

Put the pot on the stove. Let one liter of water and one tablespoon of butter boil. Slowly add the flour into the boiling water. At the same time, mix it quickly with a rolling pin to prevent it from clumping. Continue mixing until all the flour is added.

Then, take pieces of the dough with a spoon, place them on the tray and sprinkle walnuts each time. Repeat this process until the dough runs out. Sprinkle plenty of molasses all over. Heat the remaining butter in the pan and pour it over the food.
İlknur Sabiha KATİP
İlknur Sabiha KATİP
14 October 2023
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