I love spices so much and add them literally into every dish. From salad to dessert, I use them all the time.
Details such as the combination of spices and ingredients used in cooking makes Turkish cuisine appreciated all over the world.
The magical part of Turkish cuisine are the spices. There are wide variety of herbs and spices that make up the delicious dishes. Not only do we get a aroma but these are super healthy.
I love to mix Italian and Turkish dishes. For example, I cook pasta and prepare topping with yogurt and spices.
I can find almost all Turkish spices in Rome but when I visit to Turkey, I buy a lot of spices and bring them into Rome. You can find almost every type of Turkish spice in my kitchen.
In today’s post I would like to share the most popular spices and herbs in Turkish Cuisine.
Black pepper is very popular and used all over the world. It is an also important spice in Turkish cuisine. It adds flavor to every Turkish dish.
It is known to improve digestion, weight loss and antioxidant effect.
Hot Red Pepper Flakes
I adore red pepper flakes and when I visit Turkey, I buy a lot of them. It has bitter taste and add delicious aroma. I add them almost in every dish. From pasta to olives and vegetables.
Red pepper flakes are a great sourece of vitamin C.
I love dry mint but it is very difficult to find in Rome. When I go to Turkey, I buy a lot of mint to bring them into Rome. I love to use them in my salads, vegetables and lentil dishes.
Mint is good for stomach problem.
Thyme plant grows almost every part of Anatolia. I is usually picked in the mountains. The dried ones are widely used in Turkish cuisine. I love to add into my salad and olive.
It has a sharp aroma and used in meat dishes in Turkey.
Fresh thyme is brewed in hot water and comsumed as a tea. It supports immune styste, improve digestive and has antiseptic properties.
Sumac is one of my favorite spices. I add them literally into my every dish. Thank God, I can find sumac in Rome easily.
It is a spice known to be tart and tangy as lemon. Grown in southeast of Turkey. It is used in kebab dishes, meatballs, onion salads and fish.
Sumac is good for digestion.
I used to hate cinnamon but last 3-4 years, I adore it. I add into my fruit, cake and yogurt. I also add into some dishes such as meat and rice.
This sweet aromatic spice exists in Turkish cuisine from the Ottoman period. It is used in vegetablesi chickeni rcie and lamb dishes. It is also used in Turkish desserts.
Cinnamon reduces cholestrol, regulates blood pressure and a great source of antioxidants. It also helps to fat burning and make you lose weight.