Gözleme (Turkish Flatbread with Potato, Spinach, Mint and Feta Cheese)
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So today we are travelling to Turkey to explore their flatbread Gözleme. Gözleme is a traditional savory Turkish flatbread and pastry dish. The dough is unleavened and made with only flour , salt and water. The dough is rolled thin and then filled generally with meat, spinach, feta and lots of herbs. Being a vegetarian, our filling was with potatoes and spinach, topped with some feta cheese and mint. For DH, I made it using minced lamb, and for the first time I cooked lamb in my kitchen. I would say definitely give this a try and enjoy it straight from the griddle. The combination of potatoes, spinach and the soft cheese along with a minty taste crave you for more. The taste was just awesome, I am sure to make it again and again. There are many different recipes on the net and I have used this one. I don’t know if it is authentic or not, but we loved it.
The other thing is that it is quick to make though it looks like a big process. The key here is rolling the dough as thin as possible as we are going to make them in parcel form and it has to be cooked nice and even. Feel free to use the filling of your choice, the possibilities are endless. So here goes the recipe:
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Gozleme - Turkish flatbread with Potato & Spinach filling, savory homemade flatbread made from scratch filled with Potato, Spinach, Feta Cheese , Mint and some spices.
- 2 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt plain / Plain Yogurt
- 1/2 Cup Water (more or less may be required depending on the flour)
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Small Onion Chopped
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- 3-4 medium size potatoes boiled and mashed
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1 tsp Red chilly powder / Smoked Paprika (as per taste)
- 1 tsp Cumin powder
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 2 Cups Spinach chopped
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Mint chopped/torn into small pieces
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Parsley/Coriander
- 1 small Tomato chopped
Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add yogurt and water. Give it a quick mix.
If the dough is dry add more water a tablespoon at a time.
Knead the dough for 3-4 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Once hot saute onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes or until translucent.
Add in the potatoes, spinach, Tomato paste, coriander powder, Red chilly powder, Black Pepper powder and salt.
Let it cook until the spinach is all done. Say 3-4 minutes. If you mix is a bit soft let it cook for an addition 3-4 minutes. Let it cool.
Divide the dough into 6 equal parts or as desired on the size required.
Roll it out as thin as possible and in the shape of a rectangle.
Spread the filling evenly in the center, leaving around 1.5 inches from each side.
Top it up with chopped tomatoes, feta cheese and mint.
Very lightly brush the edges with water.
Take one side and put it on the mixture. Carefully grab the other end and put it on the first one, so that it covers and seals.
We need to make it in the shape of an envelope so that the filling is nicely sealed with the dough.
Cook it on slow until evenly cooked from all the sides.
Enjoy it hot.
All Purpose Flour/Maida can be replaced with whole wheat flour or you can use a combination of both. The texture of the bread will be different based on the flour used.
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