A Traditional and Hearty Turkish Dish
Hello, food fans! Today I’m going to show you how to make simit tiridi, a traditional and hearty Turkish dish that is made with Kastamonu simit, bone broth, yogurt, and minced meat. Simit tiridi is a high-calorie and high-protein dish that is perfect for a cold winter day. It is also easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. Let’s learn more about this dish and how to make it at home!
History of Simit Tiridi
Simit tiridi is a variation of tirit, a type of food made from bread that is soaked in broth or sauce, adding meat, cheese, or other ingredients. Tirit originated in Central Asia, especially among the Turkic peoples, and spread to the Middle East, Balkans, South Asia, and other regions through trade and migration. There are many national and regional variations of tirit, with different ingredients, flavors, and names. The word “tirit” comes from the Persian “tirid” meaning ‘soaked’.
Simit tiridi is a Turkish version of tirit that uses Kastamonu simit instead of regular bread. Kastamonu simit is a type of ring-shaped bread that is made from dough that is leavened with yeast, boiled in water with molasses, and baked in the oven. It is also known as kel simit or bald simit because it has no sesame seeds on it. Simit tiridi is a popular dish in Kastamonu province and other parts of the Black Sea region. It is usually served with garlic yogurt, minced meat cooked with spices and butter, and roasted red peppers. Simit tiridi is a filling and satisfying dish that has a long history and tradition.
- For the simit tiridi:
- 6 bagels (sesame-free bagel), cut into small pieces
- 4 cups of bone broth
- 3 heaping tablespoons of yogurt
- 2 small cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 handfuls of walnuts, chopped
- 3 teaspoons of butter
- 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
- Salt to taste
- For the minced meat:
- 400 grams of double-ground beef brisket
- 2 onions, diced
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 2 teaspoons of black pepper
- To make the minced meat, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the beef brisket and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, for about 20 minutes.
- Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and translucent, for about 15 minutes more.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- To make the simit tiridi, heat the bone broth in a small pot over medium-high heat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and garlic. Season with salt to taste.
- In another small skillet, toast the walnuts over medium-high heat until they release their oil, for about 10 minutes.
- Add the butter and red pepper flakes and cook until the butter is melted and bubbly.
- Place the bagel pieces on a large platter or individual plates.
- Pour the hot bone broth over the bagel pieces until they are well soaked.
- Spoon the yogurt mixture over the bagel pieces.
- Spoon the minced meat over the yogurt mixture.
- Drizzle the butter and walnut mixture over everything.
- Enjoy your simit tiridi hot or cold with some roasted red peppers on the side.
I hope you liked this recipe for simit tiridi. It is one of my favorite Turkish dishes and I’m sure you will love it too. If you try it, let me know how it turned out in the comments below. And don’t forget to follow my blog for more delicious recipes from around the world. See you next time!