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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Turkish Meat Pide | Turkish Pizza

As the name suggests, this is a Turkish specialty. Pide is actually 'Pizza' in Turkish accent probably.
What makes this Pide different from Pizza is, that you will not find the usual tomato sauce or any of the Italian flavors. So this indicates that Turkish food is a blend or maybe we can say a 'fusion' of European and Middle Eastern Cuisine.

Pide comes under the category of 'Mezze' which means an appetizer. It is very easy to make this dish if you have a mastery over the magical dough. I call it magical because of its versatile nature, as you can use the dough to make a pita bread, or a pizza base and of course the 'pide' pronounced as 'pea-day'.

Serving Size: 4 to 5 person

Ingredients for the dough:
  • 3 cup of all-purpose flour (Maida)
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tbsp. dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil

Ingredients for the topping:
  • 500 grams of beef mince
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • ½ cup coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 tbsp. mint leaves chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 3 tbsp. cooking oil

  1. In a bowl, mix together warm milk, yeast, egg, sugar, salt, and oil. Mix everything together till well combined. Add flour little by little to make a soft dough. You may need a ¼ cup more or less of flour while kneading the dough.
  2. Keep the dough covered in a warm place to rise and double in size.
  3. To make the topping: Heat oil in a pan and fry garlic and onion until soft. Then add mince, cumin powder, black pepper powder, lemon juice, and salt. Cook till mince is fully done. Set aside and cool.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, chopped coriander leaves and chopped mint leaves to the mince mixture and mix well.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees C.
  6. Place the dough on a floured surface and divide into two parts. Take each part and roll out into a large rectangle roti.
  7. Evenly spread 3 to 4 tbsp.  mince topping on the rolled out dough and fold the sides to give a shape of a boat.
  8. Sprinkle a handful of grated mozzarella cheese on the mince topping.
  9. Brush the sides of the pide with whisked egg and pour the remaining whisked egg on the cheese.
  10. Bake the pide for 15 to 20 minutes.
  11. Cut into slices and serve hot.


  1. Turkish cuisine is mostly Ottoman cuisine inspired and they in turn have influenced the European countries! Whatever it is, we get to eat delicious food as foodies! :-D This is beautiful Shanaz!

  2. This is so apt for a weekend dinner... I am always intrigued by Turkish cuisine though never tried my hands at cooking them...

    1. You are absolutely right Rafeeda. Ideal one for an early dinner.

  3. I am craving this so much now... I totally loved the Pide and used to have it ever so often as long as I was in Dubai.. This post is making me miss Dubai so so much.. But I am so glad that the missing part will be decreased when I try this wonderful recipe of urs!! Thanks for sharing

  4. Hi Shanaz, could you please tell me how to use instant yeast in this recipe and how much? Where should i place it in the oven and in which setting? Thank you