Turkish Spices & Cuisine: Shawarma Spice, Black Urfa, Sumac
September 28, 2021 192 view(s)At the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Turkey has long been a hub for the trading of exotic spices – resulting in one of the richest and appetizing cuisines in the world. Many dishes are characterized by the mild heat of black pepper, while Turkish spices such as paprika, allspice, and urfa biber impart warmth and a smoky richness. Turkish Cuisine can vary by region, but as most Mediterranean food, it’s full in flavor and rich in healthy ingredients such as vegetables, herbs, fish, and olive oil. Below, we explore some of the spices and foods that make Turkish flavor complete. shawarma, a traditional Middle Eastern meat dish and popular street food. Warm and bright but not spicy, use this spice blend in a marinade, as a dry rub, or mix with ground meat. shawarma is traditionally made with meat slow cooked on a vertical rotisserie and is exceptionally flavorful thanks to a marinade rich in warming and savory Turkish spices including coriander, sumac, garlic, and allspice. Pairs deliciously with another Mediterranean favorite, Tzatziki sauce.
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