Make sure your kitchen is stocked with these essential ingredients.
16 May 2013 - 1:05 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2013 - 9:31 AM


Ayran is a cold drink made with yoghurt often thinned with either milk or water and flavoured with salt. It is traditionally served with kebabs.

Biber dövme

Biber dövme are hot red pepper flakes that are widely used.

Biber salçasi
A populardeepred pepper paste made of chilli peppers and salt that can be hot or mild


A thin flaky pastry filled with cheese and spinach rolled into a long sausage then arranged in a spiral and baked.

Nar ekşili

Pomegranate molasses that is used for salad dressings and marinades and has a savoury, semi-sweet taste.

Nigella seeds

Nigella seeds (Çörek otu) are small black seeds also known as black cumin. Sprinkled over bread before baking.


A flat bread often topped with sesame and nigella seeds that is eaten with most meals.


A deep purple non-alcoholic drink made from turnip juice. Traditionally served cold.


A spicy sausage sometimes used to fill pide bread.


A spice made from a berry with a tangy lemony flavour. Used in marinades and salads.


A popular hot drink. Widely drunk all through the day.

Tomato paste

Another key ingredient along with red pepper paste. Used to intensify the tomato flavour of the chilli paste.


Yoghurt is widely used in many ways. From dips to desserts and drinks as well as being served with grilled meats and vegetable dishes.