Lahmacun or lahmajoun or lahma bi-ajin is a well known food in Turkish and Middle East cuisine. It is a thin, crispy dough topped with minced meat and some other ingredients which you will see below;
Preparation: 1 hour
Servings: 1-2 people
- 2 glasses of flour
- 3/4 glass of water
- 1 table spoon olive oil
- Black pepper
- Chili pepper
- 1 onion
- 1 tomato
- 1/2 green pepper
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 of a parsley bunch
- 200 gr minced meat
- 1 table spoon tomato paste
- 1 table spoon red pepper paste
1- Put onions, garlic, parsley, tomato, green pepper to the food processor and processed them either together or separately whichever is easier for you.
2- Put the minced meat in a deep bowl.
3- Add all the ingredients in the food processor into the minced meat.
4- Add 1 teat spoon salt, black pepper, chili pepper, tomato paste and red pepper paste.
5- Mix all the ingredients by hand. Once you mix everything properly, add 1/4 glass of water because mix should be very juicy.
6- Add 1 table spoon olive oil. Mix everything one more time and cover the bowl and put it into fridge for about 15-20 minutes.
7- On the other hand, you can start preparing your dough.
8- Put the flour into a different bowl. Add salt and mix it with a spoon.
9- Open the middle of the flour and make a small hole. Pour the water into the hole. And mix it with the spoon slowly.
10- Once the water is absorbed by the flour, continue kneading dough by hand until the dough is not stick to your hand.
11- Your dough is ready now. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and make each piece a roll.
12- Roll our your dough pieces one by one. Size is up to you. But you need to roll it out as thin as you can.
13- Once you roll out dough pieces, take out your mix from the fridge and put the topping on to your dough with a spoon. And spread them by your fingers. They are ready to bake.
14- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Adjust the heat setting for both up and down without fan. Put a baking tray upside down into your oven. It should be very close to your oven ceiling.
15- Baking have 2 steps. You will first put your topped doughs on the oven floor without a tray or anything. Put it directly onto your oven floor. It helps to cook them like in a stone oven.
16- Once the dough is cooked, then you will put them onto baking tray which you already put it upside down very close to the oven ceiling.
Your Lahmacuns are ready to eat. If any direction is missing or if you have some questions, please let me know.