Turkey is world famous for its cuisine and visitors who taste Turkish food experience a magnificent dining experience which they will talk about for ages. A lot of people sign up for cooking courses to be able to cook these delicious dishes that need a lot of hard work and a creative flair. In addition to the traditional cuisine, the pursuit of healthier foods increased the number of attendees of these courses. Additionally, cooking shows on the TV also have increased both the popularity of cooking and the number of the attendees to these courses.
A suitable dish for your first Turkish meal can be the traditional “Karnıyarık”. The ingredients you will need are as follows:
- 5 medium sized eggplants
- 2 medium sized onions
- 8 green peppers
- 2 tomatoes
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- vegetable oil, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper
- 200 g of grounded meat
Peel the eggplants in stripes. To make them less bitter and to prevent them from getting oily place them in salty water for 30 minutes. Dry the eggplants with a towel and make sure that you get rid of all the water inside them. Fry the eggplants. Afterwards, remove the excess oil using a paper towel and place the eggplants in a pan. Fry the peppers. Sauté the chopped onions in a pan until they are a pinkish color. Add the ground beef to the onions. Add the fried peppers, cubed tomatoes and the spices. Mix well. Boil for 5 minutes after adding half a cup of water. Cut the eggplants in the middle and place them in an oven tray. Stuff the cut eggplants with the mix. Put some more cubed tomatoes on top of the stuffing. Put one clove of garlic and a fried pepper on each. Mix hot water with a spoon of tomato paste and pour the mixture on the tray. Cook for 25 minutes in a preheated oven, at 180 degrees (Celsius).
Institutions such as the Bolu Mengen Culinary High school has produced alumni that work in many fine restaurants all over Turkey however for those less inclined to be a professional there are numerous courses for those of who are interested in the culinary arts just as a hobby. Some of these courses are also offered to foreigners and to sign up for English courses you can contact the Culinary Arts Academy who will guide you to the right course you are looking for.. If you want something more amateur, you can watch cooking shows and cooking reality TV shows on TV. These shows offer a large variety of the Turkish cuisine from the traditional to the modern.