Keşkek with aleppo pepper butter and gözleme with caçik

  • serves 4
  • A little effort

Try this Turkish-style lamb stew with a mild chilli pepper butter, thin pancakes and a Turkish-style tzatkizi



  • dried active yeast 1 tsp

  • caster sugar 1 tsp

  • leek or spring onions thinly sliced
  • butter 90g
  • halloumi or feta 100g, coarsely grated or crumbled
  • dried mint 3 tsp
  • sumac 2 tsp
  • plain flour or strong white bread flour 250g, plus extra for dusting
  • full-fat natural yogurt 250g

  • white or black sesame seeds 2 tbsp
  • Turkish pepper paste or mild harissa
  • cucumber 1

  • lamb neck fillet 600g, cut into bite sized pieces
  • olive oil

  • cinnamon stick 1
  • onions 2, finely chopped

  • ground cumin ½ tsp
  • chilli flakes 1½ tsp
  • bulgar wheat 120g
  • lemon ½, juiced plus wedges to serve
  • chickpeas 400g tin, drained and rinsed

  • cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • walnuts a small handful, roughly chopped
  • tomatoes 4, finely chopped
  • mint or parsley a bunch, leaves picked and finely chopped


For the Gozleme

  • Step 1

    Stir the yeast and sugar into
120ml warm water and put to one side.

  • Step 2

    Fry the 
leek with a pinch of salt in 20g of the butter for
10 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Put to one side to cool then add the halloumi (or feta) with 2 tsp dried mint and 1 tsp sumac.

  • Step 3

    Add the yeast mixture to the flour, together with 50g of the yogurt, the sesame seeds and ½ tsp salt. Knead on a floured surface for 2 minutes to a smooth soft dough (add a bit more flour if the dough is too sticky and difficult to handle) then cover and allow to stand in a warm place for about 30 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Roll 1 piece out on a floured surface into a large oval about 2-3mm thick and approximately 30cm long. Smear the bottom ½ of the oval with 1 tsp of Turkish pepper paste or harissa, leaving a 1cm gap around the edge. Spread ¼ of the leek mixture over the pepper paste, then fold the uncovered side of the bread over and seal the sides (trying to expel any air). Roll again, lightly, to about 3mm thick and 20cm long. Repeat with the other 3 pieces.

  • Step 5

    Heat a large, non-stick frying pan on a high heat and dry fry the bread for 2-3 minutes, or until the top starts to bubble and puff up, then flip and cook until it’s beginning to char slightly in patches on the other side. Repeat with the remaining breads then wrap them in foil. Leave to one side.


  • Step 1

    Mix the lamb in a bowl with ½ tsp salt, 1 tbsp olive oil and the cinnamon stick. Fry ¾ of the onions in 40g of the butter for 10 minutes, or until soft and golden.

  • Step 2

    Add the lamb, ½ tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp chilli flakes and ½ tsp salt and cook for 10 minutes, or until the lamb is brown.

  • Step 3

    Add 1 litre of water and the bulgar wheat, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and gently simmer, partially covered, for 40 minutes or until tender, stirring from time to time, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the meat is tender.

  • Step 4

    Mix the remaining onion with a big pinch of salt and the lemon juice and leave at room temperature.

  • Step 5

    Add the chickpeas to the keşkek and warm through for 5 minutes, then remove the cinnamon stick. Fry ½ tsp cumin seeds and ½ tsp chilli flakes in a separate small pan with the remaining 30g of butter and remaining pepper paste for 2 minutes until the butter has taken on the colour of the pepper and the cumin seeds have darkened.

  • Step 6

    Spoon the butter and topping over the keskek.


  • Step 1

    Seed and finely chop the remaining cucumber. Add to a bowl with the salted onions, tomatoes, mint or parsley and 1 tsp sumac and mix together. Serve with the gozleme, caçik, keşkek, and the remaining lemon wedges on the side.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 242
  • Fat 67.3g
  • Saturates 31.4g
  • Carbs 92.2g
  • Sugars 16.4g
  • Fibre 18.9g
  • Protein 57.4g
  • Salt 3.6g