Turkish Lamb Lahmacun and Camden Town Market
Today’s recipe is Turkish Lamb Lahmacun pronounced as ” Lah-ma-Jun” it is totally a food lover’s dream. Lahmacun, a very popular and famous traditional Turkish dish is also known as “Turkish Pizza”. Though its called pizza it tastes nothing like one.
Lahmacun is a spicy meat dish which consists of spicy minced lamb or beef and vegetable mixture layered on a thin crust bread and baked. Put some salad and squeeze some lemon, wrap it and enjoy!
Last week hubby suprisingly decided to take a break from work and we decided to venture into the inerts of London in the hunt of some delicious and different yum! We had heard and read about this place a lot and it definitely was a pleasant surprise.
Just as we approached the market the smell of amazing concoction of flavours just set our appetite racing. The main food fest area was set by the beautiful Thames and made the whole experience even more memorable. Rows of shop serving piping hot exquisite cuisine from Latin American to South Asian you name it. The icing on the cake was they tasted really authenticated which is always something you tend to miss when trying to on dishes in famous restaurants; all the flavours had a fresh feel to it. We started from one side of rows….This is where we saw this stall selling these Turkish Lahmacuns……….
Lahmacun, it looks and sounds difficult right?! but don’t go by the name it is one of the easiest and the tastiest dish ever. Ingredients used to make this meat mixture are lamb minced meat, red peppers, tomatoes, onions, paprika, cilantro/parsley, chilli flakes, cumin powder, sumac, salt & pepper and olive oil. Put red peppers, tomato, onions, parsley/cilantro in a food processor and whizz untill everything is well blended. Then toss this veggie mixture with the rest of the ingredients and mix it well. this is it!! easy right?!
The meat mixture can be made a day ahead, covered separately and refrigerate until it is used.
The lahmacun bread is made from a simple yeast dough divided into small rounds, rolled out on a thinner side and topped with the saucy meat mixture. Then they’re baked in a hot oven for 5-8 minutes and served as a snack or a light meal.
- 2 1/2 cup All purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon Active dried yeast
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 250 ml lukewarm Milk ( or you can also use water)
- 450 grams minced Lamb
- 2 Red Pepper
- 1 large or 2 medium Onions
- 3 Tomatoes
- a handful of Parsley/ Cilantro
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon Chilli flakes
- 1 teaspoon Sumac (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
- 3 tablespoon Olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Cucumber, sliced thinly
- Onions, sliced thinly
- Beetroot, sliced thinly
- Lettuce, sliced
- lemon juice
- Mozarella (optional)
- Spicy mayo (optional)
- To make the dough combine flour, salt,sugar, yeast and olive oil in a bowl. Now create a well in the centre and add milk or water and knead the dough. Knead dough thoroughly and leave it to rise for at least an hour or two.
- Meanwhile put together red peppers, tomatoes, onions, and parsley/cilantro in a mixer and blend to a make a thin sauce.
- In a mixing bowl place the minced meat, pepper-tomato mixture, olive oil, cumin powder, paprika, chilli flakes, sumac (if using), salt and pepper and mix everything together with hands. The mixture should be of spreadabe consistantly.
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees celsius.
- Cut off the dough into equal sized balls, about enough to fill your palm. Roll out the dough thinly with a rolling pin to form the base. The base should be rolled out thin enough about 1/6 inch thick.
- Put the meat mixture onto the base and spread it evenly, leaving the sides.
- Place it in the oven and bake it for 5- 8 minutes.
- Serve it warm with lots of salad and a sqeeze of lemon.
These Lahmacun are super easy to throw together.
Hope you enjoy this amazing Turkish Lahmacun.. 😀