What Does Lahmacun Mean?
Lahmacun is derived from the Arabic word Lahm ü Macun, meaning meat and kneaded dough. Although the history of lahmacun is not known exactly, this information points to us that we may have gotten lahmacun from Arab culture. This thesis gets stronger when it is taken into consideration that many of our foods originating in Southeastern Anatolia are taken from this culture. But like many of the foods we add to our kitchen, we do this with such dignity that I do not see any harm in saying it.
For some reason, it is tried to be marketed as Turkish pizza to foreigners who come to our country. It is a huge mistake to compare Lahmacun with pizza, especially to put the two on the same pan. Yes, pizza is also a delicious food, I love it too. But if you put them side by side, I will choose lahmacun. And if there is ayran or salgam suyu with it, what else I can ask.
Unfortunately, it takes a long time to cook, as there is only one lahmacun on the baking tray at a time. You can take the cooked lahmacuns on a plate and cover them with a lid or put them in a bag and prevent them from cooling.
Is Lahmacun Cooked in a Pan?
There are many people who cook homemade lahmacun in a pan. I have tried it before but unfortunately I am not satisfied. The meat on it is cooked with its own steam and boiled but it should be fried. I do not like that boiled meat look, smell and taste. But if you don't mind, you can also cook it in a pan.
For the dough;
- 3 cups all purpose flour,
- 1 teaspoon salt,
- 1 cup water, slightly warm.
For the topping;
- 150 g ground beef,
- 100 g ground lamb,
- 1 onion, finely chopped,
- 1 green pepper, finely chopped,
- 1 tomato, finely chopped,
- 1 clove of garlic, mashed,
- 1 tsp tomato paste,
- 1 tsp pepper paste,
- 1/2 bunch parsley,chopped,
- 1 tbsp isot pepper or red pepper flakes,
- 1 teaspoon salt.
- Mix flour and salt for dough,
- Add water slowly and knead until you get a soft dough,
- Cover it and rest for half an hour,
- Take all other ingredients on a large cutting board and mix with a knife as if you are chopping them,
- Heat in the oven at 240 degrees,
- Take a small piece of dough and roll in the size of a plate,
- Put the dough leaf into the oven tray,
- Take 2 tbsps from the filling and spread over the dough,
- Bake until the edges are slightly brown,
- Prepare the remaining dough and filling in the same way,
- You can serve and eat with persley and fresh lemon juice.