Ramadan Journal: Day 10: Dish of the Day - Gozleme

by - July 30, 2012

If you are here for the first time, kindly read this post on Journal your Ramadan to understand this series better. Jazakumullah khair.
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Being a foodie, my Journal prompts had to have few prompts about food right? And what is Ramadan without some good food and new recipes? *wink wink*


Before I get into details about my 'dish of the day', let me tell you that my husband walked home today with a large baguette and asked me 'we are having soup today right?'. haha! I couldn't help but give him a full on smile. See I told you that brown lentil soup was yumm!


Although I did think of making that soup again, I also wanted to try out this dish called Gozleme that I came across via Masterchef Australia. When I watched George going bonkers about Amina's Gozleme, I googled right away and came across quite a few recipes. Seeing how easy it was, I added it to my 'recipes to try' list (which is by the way a very long list). 


Basically Gozleme is a Turkish pastry filled with whatever catches your fancy. The most common filling is spinach and feta. Then there is beef, potatoes, carrots, eggplants.. endless possibilities here. What makes it easier in my opinion is that you don't require an oven as it's fried on a tawa or frying pan. 


My first attempt turned out well. I learnt a few things too - that is, although it looks easy, there are certain things that I've to keep in mind. I will share my notes towards the end. 


Dough (recipe from Almost Bourdain)
3 cups plain flour
2 tsp salt
7 g sachet dried yeast
1 tsp castor sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water



Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add yeast and sugar to warm water and whisk to dissolve. Leave in a warm place for 10 minutes until bubbly. Stir into flour and using your hands form mixture into a dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until elastic and smooth.


Divide dough into 8 portions and place on a greased tray. Cover with a clean tea towel and stand in a warm place for 15 minutes or until doubled in size.


Here is a recipe that doesn't call for yeast. 


Spinach and Feta Filling (adapted from Binnur's Turkish Cookbook)

450grams frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 regular pack of feta cheese, crumbled
1 pinch crushed pepper
Salt
Pepper

Saute the onion with olive oil. Add all the ingredients except feta cheese, cook for about 4-5 minutes. Turn the heat off, add feta cheese and stir.





Making the Gozleme
Roll out the dough into a rectangle 
Spread spinach feta mixture in the middle
Fold over to enclose filling and press edges to seal. 
For more pictures and info read these posts: Binnur's and Almost Bourdain 
You can also make a half moon shaped Gozleme instead of rectangle. No right or wrong way to do it. 


Heat a frying pan or tawa. 
Spread some butter on it and place the Gozleme. 
Cook for few minutes or until golden brown.
Spread butter on the top of Gozleme, flip it over and let the other side cook too. 
Transfer onto a baking tray and keep warm in the oven or eat right away. 


Like I said, it's pretty simple and you can get creative with the filling. I've some dough left from yesterday and I'am thinking of using up eggplants and mushrooms in my fridge. 


Now for my notes: -
When you are rolling the dough, make sure your work space is well floured. Keep throwing flour on the surface, especially when you are about to place the filling. Otherwise due to the moisture in the filling, your Gozleme could stick on the surface and you could find it a bit difficult to pick it up.   


Roll the dough really thin. Since we are folding the dough, what happens is that the edges get thick and doesn't get cooked through. Since all purpose flour doesn't cook easily, you could get a good looking golden brown Gozleme which isn't cooked through. 

That's all I can remember right now. I will add more notes as and when I remember. :)

I'am also linking this recipe to The Halal Foodies' Ramadan Friendly Recipes and Yummy Food's Joy from Fasting to Feasting V.

Have a blessed and peaceful day. 
Neelu

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12 comments

  1. Oh my...you keep sharing all these yummy looking pics and i am so tempted...it would not be a problem on a normal day ...but with me fasting and drooling over food...that's bad!!!!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe and your tips though!!!

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    1. heehee.. do share some Bengali Iftari recipes no Hussena :)

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  2. looks awesome Neelu, I love to try new recipes, Gozleme is new to me , and sounds easy, have to try it :) thanks for sending it to my event and using the logo.

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  3. MashaAllah that looks delicious! It sort of reminds me of a quesadilla. My tummy is growling looking at your photo, LOL.

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  4. That looks super!! I have never heard of this dish before, and it looks really cook-able!!

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    1. yes, it's definitely cookable :) try and let me know :))

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  5. I am amazed at how e think alike.I saw the same episode and immediately googled the recipe.the one you cooked really looks yummy.thanks for sharing the tips

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  6. Looks really yummy! I love spinach and feta....ahhhh...I can just imagine how it must taste. [Doesn't help that it is lunch time over here right now...lol]

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  7. Looks yummy! I'm willing to try anything that has cheese in it.

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