Turkish Pide

Makes 8 individual pides


  • 500g/1.1lbs plain/all purpose flour
  • 1.5 tablespoons instant dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 275-300ml lukewarm water
  • 25ml olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra for brushing

Filling (enough filling for 8)

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion or 2 medium, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
  • 750g minced beef (I used 5% fat)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper , diced
  • 4 tablespoons of red pepper flakes/spice
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste/salça
  • 3 small red chillies, finely chopped (use large if you don’t want it too Hotmail leave it out all together like I did)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped (can use dried parsley)
  • Grated cheese (mozzarella) optional
  • wedges of lemon to serve!

Step 1 – Make the dough. Add the flour, yeast, sugar, 275ml water and oil (do not add salt yet). Knead on a lowest speed until elastic. Add more water if needed. Form into a large ball and then place in a large bowl (the mixer bowl will do) and cover with cling film and allow to rise until triple in size, about an hour. As it is Winter I placed it in an oven that I preheated to 50C/122F and then turned off.

Step 2 – While the dough is rising, make the filling. Heat the oil in a large frypan and add the onion and garlic and saute for a minute or two. Add the minced beef making sure to break up any large chunks. Fry for a couple of minutes, then add the peppers, tomato paste, chillies, smoked paprika, ground cumin, salt, pepper flakes or spice . Fry until cooked, about 5 minutes. Add 3/4 of the parsley reserving 1/4 of the bunch to decorate. Allow to cool.

Step 3 – Line three trays with parchment and preheat oven to 200C/400F. Punch down the dough and knead the salt in at the lowest speed. Allow to rest for 5 minutes and then shape into a log. Divide into 8 pieces and flour the bench well. Keeping the dough covered, take 1 piece and shape it into fat rectangle or oval. It doesn’t really matter how long they are but I kept mine around the same size so I could fit them on the tray. Gently lift the dough rectangle to the lined tray. Fill the centre with the cooled beef mixture. Fold over the sides to enclose the mixture. Then brush the edges with the extra 1/4 cup of oil. (You can add beaten egg in with your beef mixture too and sprinkle woth cheese then Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Add some fresh parsley on top and serve with lemon wedges

Done forget to let me know if you tried my recipes and how it went.


Enjoy, afiyet olsun


Published by Wife of a Turkish Life

Just a normal lass living in a beautiful city in the uk and soon to move over to Turkey. I have 3 beautiful children and a lovely Kurdish hubby from turkey. We currently live apart from our Turkish family in turkey and live in the Uk and soon to move back over to turkey for good. I love everything about my life! I absolutely adore cooking and baking, I cook a beautiful meal and dessert every night and light lunch during the day if we are hungry. I bake a lot too hence why I’m growing to the size of an elephant and find it hard to shed the lbs (ooops) I also love, shopping, socialising, date night together with the hubby when he’s home, I love make up and being and hairdresser and beautiful among others things I love everything about self presentation. At the moment I am a fully mummy to two little beauties and I love it. Please feel free to follow my blog and have a little onsite into our life. I’m just starting out so there’s much more to be added each day. Please be kind and if You don’t like my life then don’t feel the need to stick around and tell me in a nasty comment 😝.

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