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A
Adet
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'unit of' something...as in, 3 or 4 [units of] potatoes
Ançüvez
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Anchovies
Ayıklamak
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[to] clean, pick, sort [rice, vegetables]; to shell [peas, beans]; to bone meat
Ayran
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Turkish drink made with yogurt, water and a pinch of salt -- serve ice cooold, if poss. Really lip-smacking on a hot day...
Azıcık
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Just a little, a small amount, for a moment
B
Badem (Bademler)
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Almond(s)
Bakla
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Broad bean, horse bean
Balık (balığı)
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Fish...While the following is not strictly a list of fish, it's a good place to bring all these fresh seafoods into one place...
Ahtapot -- octopus Akya (Kuzu Balığı) --
leer fish
Alabalık -- speckled trout
Barbunya -- red mullet Çinakop -- blue fish or young lüfer Çiroz --
salted dried mackerel
Derepisisi -- flounder Dil balığı -- sole Fener balığı --
angler fish
Gelincik -- rockling Hamsi -- anchovy Istakoz --
lobster
İstavrit -- horse mackerel, scad İstiridye -- oyster İzmarit --
pickerel
Kalkan -- turbot Karagöz -- spottail Karides --
shrimp
Kaya balığı -- goby Keler -- monkfish, skate, angel shark Kerevit --
crawfish
Kılıç -- swordfish Kofana -- large bluefish (lüfer) Köpek balığı --
shark
Lâkerda -- salted tunny Levrek -- sea bass Lüfer --
blue fish
mercan -- Red Sea bream mersin balığı -- sturgeon mezgit (tavukbalığı) - whiting
midye -- mussel pisibalığı -- plaice som balığı -- salmon
tonbalığı -- tinned tuna fish yayınbalığı -- catfish  
Barbunya
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Small red colored bean, similar in size and flavor to a British/American "bake" bean -- also, a red mullet fish
Bardak (bardağI)
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Glass
Basmati pirinç
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A flavorful rice.
baş
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beginning, young
Beyaz Peynir
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A soft white cheese referred to as Feta in most countries, but in Turkey they call it like they see it...'white cheese'. A breakfast staple...
Bıçak
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knife
Bira
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beer
Biraz
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a small amount [of an ingredient]
Börek
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Various types of pastry dishes, either non-sweet (tuzlu) or sweet (tatlı). The crust is thin and usually quite crispy, made from yufka, aka milföy
Börülce
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Black-eyed pea, cowpea
Bulgur
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Cracked wheat, often served in place of rice. It's also the main ingredient in kısır
Büyük
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Big
Buğday
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Wheat
C
Cacık
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a kind of cold soup, made with yogurt, cucumber, and garlic [and, if cucumber is not available, then lettuce] -- served as a side dish with spicy foods, in particular.
Ç
Çağla badem(ler)
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Un-ripe, green, "fresh" almond(s).
Çatal
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Fork
Çay
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Tea
Çevirmek
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[to] Blend. Ex. Yumuşak olana kadar çevriniz; Blend until smooth.
Çırpmak
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[to] whisk, whip, or beat (a food) -- like, eggs.
Çocuk maması
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Baby food -- included for you moms out there...:-)
D
Daire
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Circle, circular
Demet
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Bunch of [greens -- parsley, dill, mint...]
Dirilik
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Vigor, energy
Dereotu
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Dill
Doğramak
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[to] cut into slices/pieces, to carve or chop
Domates
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Tomato
Domates püresi
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Tomato puree, tomato sauce
Dökmek
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[to] Pour
Düzeltmek
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[to] smooth, repair, fix
E
Ekmek
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Bread
Elma
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Apple
Ekşi Elma
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Sour Apple
Enginar
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Artichoke
Esmer Şeker
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Brown Sugar
Et suyu
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Beef broth
F
Fasulye
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Bean (s)
Fındık
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Hazelnut, shape of a hazelnut
Fırın
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Oven, Bakery
Fırında pişirmek
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[to] Bake....Kurabiyeyi fırında pişirdim; I baked the cookies [in the oven].
Fincan
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Cup
Fiyat
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[food] Price
G
Galeta
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Breadstick
Gereçler
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necessary items, ingredients
H
Hafifçe
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Lightly, gently
Hamsi
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Anchovies
Haşlamak
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[to] Boil [something other than water, like vegetables]
Haşlanmış katı yumurta
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Hard boiled egg
Helva
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Dry Turkish sweet made from flour, milk, honey, seseme, and nuts (especially almonds, which dominates the sweet's flavor)
I
ılık
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warm
İ
ince
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thin
ince ince
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very thin, very fine(ly)
incelik
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thinness
içindekiler
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ingredients, contents
iri
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large
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Step-by-step Procedure
iyice karıştırın
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Mix well
iyice temizleyin
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Clean well
J
Jambon Ham...Although you won't find ham products everywhere [due to religion and tradition], they are available in upscale city markets. And poultry, flavored as ham, is found frequently, even in some more rural areas.
Jelatin Gelatin
K
Kabartma tozu
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Baking powder
Kabartmak
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[to] make something swell
Kabuk, kabuklar
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skin, skins, outer covering
Kalınlık
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thickness
Kara biber
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Black pepper
Karıştırmak
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[to] Mix, mix together
Kasap
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Butcher
Kaşar peyniri
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Firm pale cheese made from sheep's milk, easily mistaken for a mild cheddar...
Kaşık
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[table]Spoon
Kayısı
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Apricot
Kaymak
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Thick clotted cream. There's a Turkish ice cream flavor named after it, Kaymaklı -- which closely resembles rich vanilla ice cream in the US and Europe.
Kaynatmak
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[to] boil [water].
Kek
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Cake
Kesmek
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[to] cut or carve
Kıvırcık
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A type of crinkly lettuce.
Kimyon
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Cumin
Kıymak
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[to] Chop
KişnişCoriander
Kuru
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Dry
Kuru fasulye
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Dry beans
Kuşbaşı
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Something cut into small pieces
Küçük
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little, small
Küp
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cube
L
Lahana
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cabbage
Limon
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lemon
M
Makarna
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Macaroni, spaghetti, and the like...
Malzeme
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Materials, supplies, necessary items, ingredients
Manav
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Vegetable market
Mantar
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Mushroom
Margarin
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Margarine
Marul
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Lettuce
Maydonoz
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Parsley
Mercimek
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Lentil(s)
Miktar
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Portion
Mum
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Candle
Muz
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Banana
N
Nane
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Mint
Nohut
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Chickpea, garbanzo
O
Orkinos
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Tuna
Orta
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Middle
Ovmak
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[to] knead
Ö
Ölçü (ölçüler)
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Measurement(s)
P
Pasta
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Cake...Don't confuse this word with the Italian word -- with the same spelling.
Pastırma
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Spicy pressed beef along the same idea as Italian Pastrami...tender and mouthwatering when made with good quality meat.
Patlıcan
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Egg Plant, Aubergine
Pekmez
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A thick sweet sauce made from boiled grapes that looks like dark treacle. In a pinch, it can be used as a maple syrup substitute on pancakes -- but ya gotta suspend your disbelief.
Pilav
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Rice that has been cooked/prepared -- and is ready to eat.
Pirinç
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[uncooked] Rice
Portakal
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Orange
Portakal suyu
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Orange juice
pudra
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Powder(ed)
R
Rakı -- follow the links to learn all there is to know about the famous Turkish alcohol drink, rakı.The Turkish National Adults-only Drink -- similar to Pastis, Ricard, and Ouzzo.
Robot
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Food Processor
S
Salata
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Salad
Salatalık
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Cucumber
Sarımsak
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Garlic
Sermek
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[to] Spread [on]... as when you spread our homemade crunchy peanut butter on bread. oh yeah.
Sert
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firm, hard
Sıcak
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Hot
Sıvı yağ
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Liquid vegetable oil
Sirke
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Vinegar
Soğan
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Onion
Soğuk
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Cold
Soymak
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[to] Peel
Su
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Water
Sucuk
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Spiced Turkish garlic sausage. Often sliced and fried -- and served for breakfast. It nicely complements the flavors of other breakfast staples like white cheese, olives, and buttered toast -- with Turkish fruit preserves. Strawberry is our favorite.
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as/for ornament
Süsleyin
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Decorate with...
süt
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Milk
Ş
Şeker
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Sugar
Şişe
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Bottle
T
tabak [tabağı]
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plate
tane
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a piece, one unit of something...
tarçın cinnamon
tavuk suyu
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chicken broth
taze
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fresh
tereyağ
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butter
tekrar
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again
ton balığı, tonbalığı
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tuna fish
tosttoasted bread
toz
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granulated
tutam
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[a] pinch [of an ingredient]
tuz
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salt
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end, extremity, tip
un
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flour
Ü
ürün
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product
üzüm
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grape
üzerine
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[on] top, the upper surface
V
vurmak
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[to] beat
Y
yaprak
(yapraklar, yaprağı)

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Leaf, leaves
yarım

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one-half
yeşil biber

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Green pepper
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Green onion, spring onion
yeşillikler

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[mixed] Greens
yiyecek Parçalayıcısı

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Food Processor
yıkamak

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[to] clean.
yoğurt

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Yogurt
yumurta

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Egg
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Egg yolk
Z
zencefil

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Ginger
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olive
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Olive Oil

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Summer Salad Recipes
OK, now try your newly learned skills. We haven't used any words that aren't in the dictionary above or that you can't find in the measurements guide below the Turkish recipes
(or that, with your burgeoning language knowledge, you can't intelligently guess!).
But don't get frustrated...If there's something you don't understand then just write us,
and we'll send you the English translation.
Kısır
(Cold Bulgur Meze/Appetizer, just right for a hot summer's day)

Malzeme :

1 su bardağı ince bulgur -- 1/2 demet maydanoz
2-3 domates -- 1/2 demet nane
2-3 yeşil biber -- 1/2 demet dereotu
5-6 taze yeşil soğan -- 1 limon
Tuz, karabiber, kimyon -- 1/2 çay bardağı zeytinyağı

İşlem Basamakları

1. Bulguru ayıklayıp, 1 su bardağı ılık su ile kabartınız.
2. Bütün yeşillikleri ince ince kıyınız.
3. Domatesin kabuklarını soyup fındık büyüklüğünde doğrayınız.
4. Bulgur kabarınca içine tuz, karabiber, baharat koyup biraz karıştırınız.
5. Yeşillikleri koyup tekrar karıştırınız.
6. Doğranmış domatesi, zeytinyağı ve limon suyunu koyup tekrar kaşıkla karıştırınız.
7. Salata tabağına marul yapraklarını serip üzerine kısırı koyup servis yapınız.

Çoban Salatası
(Shepherd Salad, best when tomatoes are at their best)

Gereçler :

2 iri sert domates -- l/2 demet maydanoz
1 küçük baş soğan -- 1/2 demet Dereotu
3-4 yeşilbiber -- Zeytinyağı, limon, sirke
2 salatalık -- 1 çorba kaşık kuru nane
Tuz

İşlem Basamakları

1. Soğanın kabuklarını soyup, yıkayıp, yarım cm kalınlıkta yarım halkalara doğrayınız.
2. İçersine biraz tuz koyup hafifçe ovup diriliğini ve acısını azıcık gideriniz,
3. Soğuk suyla yıkayıp salata tabağına koyunuz.
4. Domatesleri yıkayıp istediğiniz büyüklükte kuşbaşı doğrayıp soğanların üzerine koyunuz.
5. Salatalıkları da yıkayıp, kabuklarını soyup yarım ya da daire şeklinde kıyıp istediğiniz incelikte kesip salata tabağına koyunuz.
6. Biberleri de yıkayıp orta incelikte kıyıp salata tabağına koyunuz.
7. Maydanozu da yıkayıp salata tabağına doğrayınız.
8. Salata tabağındaki karışıma azıcık tuz koyup hepsini karışıtırınız.
9. Üzerlerini düzeltip limonlu sosu döküp servis yapınız.

Perihanın Patates Salatası
(Perihan's Turkish Potato Salad)

Içindekiler :

2 domates -- 1/2 kg patates (3-4 adet)
1/2 demet dereotu -- 2 limon, tuz
3-4 yeşil soğan -- 1/2 su bardağı zeytinyağı
5-10 zeytin tanesi

İşlem Basamakları

1. Patatesleri haşlayınız.
2. Patatesleri ve domatesleri küp küp doğrayınız. Soğan ve derotunu ince ince kıyınız.
3. Hepsini karıştırıp servis tabağı ya da salata tabağına koyup.
4. Zeytinyağı limonu ve tuzunu ilave ediniz.
5. Tekrar karıştırınız.
6. Zeytinle süsleyiniz. Soğuk servis yapınız.

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The rest of the Turkish recipes will be in English...

Sucuk -- Spicy Turkish Sausage

This Turkish recipe comes from our local butcher, Musa Bey, who makes his own. He doesn't have much equipment to automate the process and the recipe reflects that...

Ingredients:

15 kilograms of medium fat ground beef
(if possible include some ground beef from the shoulder of the animal, for flavor)
3 kg of animal fat
250 grams ground sweet red pepper (paprika?)
150 grams ground hot red pepper (cayenne pepper?)
350 grams ground cumin
400 grams salt
120 grams ground garlic
120 grams ground black pepper
sufficient animal intestine sausage casing

Preparation Steps:

1. Knead the mixture very thoroughly by hand.
2. After kneading, let it rest for 2-3 hours in open air.
3. Use the mixture to fill sausage casing made from animal intestines (pack tightly, avoid air bubbles in the casing -- otherwise the casing may later pop open).
4. Stack the cased sausages in a suitably large container and cover it tightly. Let the container stand in the open air for 5-6 hours to allow the sausage to 'sweat'.
5. Remove the sausage from the container and hang it out to dry in fresh air for 7-8 hours.
6. Place the dried sausage in refrigerator (not in freezer) and allow to rest for 5 or 6 days.
7. Sausage is now ready for eating/selling -- or giving (and remember that this is our butcher's recipe, so it makes 'a bunch' of sucuk!)

Sounds pretty good to us...Whaddya think?

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Sarımsaklı Yoğurtlu Havuç Sote
Grated Carrot Sauté with Garlic Yogurt

From our favorite chef's secret Turkish recipe stash --
a very tasty, simple and elegant side-dish...

Ingredients:

6 carrots
half cup of olive oil
half cup of yogurt
two garlic cloves
half teaspoon of salt

Preparation Steps:

1. Mash the garlic cloves, mix thoroughly with the yogurt.
2. Grate the carrots, sauté them in olive oil.
3. Add the salt and garlic yogurt to the sautéed carrots, mix thoroughly and serve cold -- garnished with minced parsley on top. Serves four.

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Traditional Turkish Measures --
comparison to Standard American measures

along with a few everyday ingredients
from the typical Turkish household food cupboard...

We say measuring cup; they say measuring glass...
So what's the difference, eh?

The Turkish su bardağı
(the Traditional Turkish measuring glass that holds 200 ml or 6.4 oz of liquid)
holds four-fifths of an American cup (250 ml, 8 oz. liquid)
So if a Turkish recipe calls for 1 su bardağı of some liquid ingredient, then in American measurement terms, that's
eighty percent of an American 'cup' ...

The Turkish çay bardağı
(also a Traditional Turkish measuring glass that holds 125 ml or 4 oz of liquid)
holds one-half of an American cup (250 ml, 8 oz. liquid)
So if a Turkish recipe calls for 1 çay bardağı of some liquid ingredient, then in American measurement terms, that's
fifty percent of an American 'cup' ...

A Turkish çorba kaşığı (aka yemek kaşığı aka, just plain kaşık) is about the same measurement as an American tablespoon

A Turkish tatlı kaşığı is about the same measurement as an American teaspoon

A Turkish çay kaşığı is an actual Turkish teaspoon,
which is about half the size of an American teaspoon, for measuring purposes.

1 Turkish su bardağı süt and 1 American cup of milk are not equivalent.
Running 200 ml and 250 ml respectively, the Turkish portion is four-fifths the American portion.
And the same is exactly true of the next two items in this table...

1 Turkish su bardağı sıvıyağ and 1 American cup vegetable oil are not equivalent.
...ditto above...

1 Turkish çay bardağı zeytinyağı and 1 American cup olive oil are not equivalent.
Running 125 ml and 250 ml respectively, the Turkish portion is one-half the American portion...

1 Turkish su bardağı un and 1 American cup of flour are not equivalent.
Running 100 ml and 125 grams respectively, the Turkish portion is four-fifths the American portion...

1 Turkish su bardağı pudra şekeri and 1 American cup of powdered sugar are not equivalent.
...ditto above...

1 Turkish su bardağı toz şeker and 1 American cup of granulated sugar are not equivalent.
Running 200 grams and 225 grams respectively, the Turkish portion is almost [but not quite] 90% the American portion...

1 Turkish su bardağı irmik and 1 American cup semolina are not equivalent.
Running 165 grams and 185 grams respectively, the Turkish portion is about 90% of the American portion...

1 Turkish su bardağı buğday and 1 American cup whole wheat are not equivalent.
Running 180 grams and 225 grams respectively, the Turkish portion is four-fifths the American portion...

1 Turkish su bardağı nohut and 1 American cup chickpeas are not equivalent.
...ditto above...

1 Turkish su bardağı buğday nişastası and 1 American cup wheat starch are not equivalent.
Running 120 grams and 150 grams respectively, the Turkish portion is four-fifths the American portion...

1Turkish su bardağı pirinç and 1 American cup rice are not equivalent.
Running 200 grams and 250 grams respectively, the Turkish portion is four-fifths the American portion...

1 Turkish su bardağı kırmızı mercimek and 1 American cup red lentils are not equivalent.
...ditto above...

1 Turkish su bardağı pilavlık bulgur and 1 American cup coarse bulgar are not equivalent.
Running 175 grams and 220 grams respectively, the Turkish portion is four-fifths the American portion...

1 Turkish su bardağı yeşil mercimek and 1 American cup green lentils are not equivalent.
...ditto above...

1 Turkish su bardağı kurufasulye and 1 American cup dried beans are not equivalent.
...ditto above...

1 Turkish su bardağı kuru bakla and 1 American cup butter beans are not equivalent.
Running 150 grams and 175 grams respectively, the Turkish portion is about 85% of the American portion...

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