The history of Turkish cuisine dates back to prehistoric times. Although it is mostly the legacy of The Ottoman cuisine, you can also find traces of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines within Turkish cuisine. This richness of Turkish dishes, which has emerged over hundreds of years, is also brightly filling many Instagram pages today. Mouth-watering and vibrant photos of the dishes make them perfect for a visual feast! Feast your eyes on some of Turkey’s most appetising dishes found on Instagram. Check out the 5 most Instagrammable dishes of Turkey.
Turkish Ravioli (Mantı)
Turkish Ravioli Mantı, is one of the most popular regional dishes in Turkey. This classic dish, manages to bring dough and meat together enriched with delicate spices. It’s prepared by placing lean mincemeat, into pouches of dough. There are many types of ravioli and they usually take their name from the region they originate from. For example, Ravioli from the city of Kayseri is made up of very small pouches, whereas in the Thrace and Black sea region they prefer larger triangles. To add to the visual richness, garlic yoghurt is poured over the dish and then roasted red peppers in olive oil is drizzled on top. Whether it is boiled, fried, baked or steamed, there’s no doubt that you won’t be able to get enough!
Hünkarbeğendi ( Literally translated means the Sultan liked it!)
Hünkarbeğendi is very special dish that puts together a heroic combination of meat and vegetables. Rumour has it that this dish dates back to the early 1800s. A tantalising array of flavours to get anyone’s palate excited. Succulent pieces of diced beef that are slow cooked until the point where they will melt in your mouth are placed above a char-grilled eggplant (aubergine) puree. This makes it a great Turkish dish to photograph before eating!
Künefe is a traditional crispy cheese & soft molasses filled dessert made of finely shredded wheat and smothered in rich butter. This Turkish contains cheese in a dessert will not leave you disappointed. It’s baked in the oven until a golden brown and topped with finely ground pistachio nuts. Künefe is ready to be the hero of photos with this image. Just imagine if you had ice-cream accompanying it too… Just heaven!
Meze (Sharing Appetizers)
In Turkish cuisine, these little plates of deliciousness are the most colourful part of the family! Not unlike tapas, these dishes are perfect for sharing and come in an array of flavours. Mostly vegetarian and usually with a drizzle of virgin olive oil. As soon as you see plates upon plates arriving at your table, you start visually comparing a combination of flavours. Once you start on the Rakı and dive into the mezes, you may forget to take photos, so get them out of the way first.
Dolma (Stuffed vegetables)
Basically any vegetable that can be stuffed or rolled with herbed and spiced rice can be called Dolma. Tomatoes, whole onions, eggplants, zucchinis, bell peppers, cabbage leaves and vine leaves. All are just as tasty as the next! This visual feast of delight will surely get your mouth-watering. Mostly served cold, sometimes with a little yoghurt, these colourful dishes are perfect to be photographed.