How To Make Lahmacun

Lahmacun is a well known delicious Turkish street food of all time. It is great street food and you can mostly find it in any restaurant in Turkey. It is also known as Turkish pizza but has a very thin crust, topped with ground beef, vegetables, spices and tomato mixture.

You can garnish the lahmacun with fresh tomatoes, parsley, and a squeeze of lemon juice and eat rolled up like a burrito. It is so yummy especially with a glass of “Ayran” (Yogurt drink). And from now on you will be able to make it home!

For the Lahmacun (Turkish pizza) you will need: (8 serving)

For the dough:
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 10gr. fresh yeast or 1 tsp dry yeast (you can also make it without yeast)
  • 1 tsp salt 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • about 3 cups all-purpose flour (don’t add all at once)
For the topping:
  • 250gr. ground beef
  • 1 medium-size onion
  • 2 medium-size tomatoes
  • a handful of parsley leaves
  • 2 sweet green pepper
  • 1 sweet roasting red pepper
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp tomato and red pepper paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp each sweet ground red pepper, red pepper flakes, isot pepper (optional), cumin, ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water if needed to make a thin spreadable consistency
  • To cook:
  • About 28-32 cm diameter nonstick pan with a lid or anything to cover it 🙂
To Serve:

Lettuce, parsley, lemon, thinly sliced onions, tomatoes

Processing the vegetables

It would be great if you have a pizza transferer for lahmacun to put it in a pan

How To Make Lahmacun

sımple dough with or without yeast

To a mixing bowl add fresh or dry yeast (according to the package) along with 1 cup lukewarm water, close to 3 cups all purpose flour and 1/2 tsp salt. If you want you can make the dough without yeast too.

Knead the mixture to make a soft unstick dough. Cover and let it rest until you make the topping

preparing meat Topping

Wash the veggies, take out the stems and seeds. In a food processor, process onion, green and red peppers, tomatoes, parsley and garlic. You can make this step by finely chopping the veggies too. It is actually preferable way to make it since the veggies don’t leave their juice much this way. But I prefer using food processor for practical use and similar result.

Add minced meat, 1/2 tbsp tomato and red pepper paste, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp each sweet ground red pepper, red pepper flakes, isot pepper (optional), cumin, ground black pepper, 2-3 tbsp olive oil and process. Drizzle water and mix to have a spreadable consistency.

Shaping & Cooking

Cut the rested dough to 8 even pieces and shape it into a ball. Dusting the countertop with little flour roll out the dough with rolling pin to about 1-2 mm thin or to fit to nonstick wide pan.

Spreading topping over the rolled dough

Meanwhile heat wide nonstick or cast-iron pan. (my pan size is about 32cm) If your pan size is smaller you can make smaller dough pieces to fit to the pan.

You can transfer the lahmacun with pizza peel

If have, transfer the dough onto a pizza transfer board and spread a good layer of topping over the dough with your hand, not leaving any white space. slide the lahmacun into hot pan and close the lid to cook over medium high heat. Alternately after spreading the meat topping quickly transfer with your hand, being careful not to stretch the lahmacun too much and cook. To shorten the time you can use two pans.

Close a lid to create steam inside to cook the top

Baking The Lahmacun In The Oven

Instead of cooking on stove top in the pan you can also bake lahmacun in the at 250C preheated oven. Use either pizza stone and cook like pizza or in the oven tray. Just make sure to bake the dough and top evenly. Depends on the oven you might need to put the tray first to the bottom shelve and then to top for it.

In order to prevent getting dry and to let them stay warm place cooked lahmacun in an tray stacking top side facing each other and cover with another tray. You can always reheat them if you like to make them crispy and hot after cooking all of it.

Stack the cooked lahmacun facing each other so they stay warm and don’t dry out
Try this delicious street food too: Turkish Wrap Tantuni & Lavash

How To Serve

You can serve lahmacun with thinly sliced lettuce, red onions, parsley leaves. Just serve them seperately in a big plate and place over lahmacun, squeeze lemon juice over, wrap and enjoy!

What you can drink with IT?

The best and maybe the only drink I can recommend would be “AYRAN” Just mix plain Turkish style 1/4 yogurt with 3/4 water and salt to taste to thick consistency and enjoy it cold.

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