Turkish Street Food That’s Good Enough For The Whole Family

By Elizabeth Taviloglu
Published: Mar 31, 2014 12:54 PM GMT / 
Updated: Mar 31, 2014 12:54 PM GMT

Turkish cuisine is famous for it’s delectable street foods like ‘turning kebab,’ roasted chestnuts, and stuffed baked potatoes called ‘kumpir,’  to name a few.  Did you know that there is also a street food that’s delicious and nutritious enough to make and home and serve to the whole family?

Turkish rice pilaf with chicken and chick peas, called ‘nohutlu pilavı’ (no-HOOT’-loo PEE’-lahv-uh) is sold on street corners during lunch hour in most working neighborhoods. It’s a cheap, nutritious alternative to workplace cafeterias for people on a budget and on the go.

It may seem bland to you at first. But believe it or not, it’s so delicious and comforting that I like to make it for my family. It’s easy to prepare with inexpensive, easy-to-find ingredients.

This dish is nothing fancy, just simple good, hot food. Serve it with a fresh salad and a glass of ice cold Turkish yogurt drink called ‘ayran’ (ai-RAHN’) and you have a complete meal that’s Turkish through and through.

Try Turkish rice pilaf with chicken and chick peas the next time you and your family crave simple, delicious comfort food.

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