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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Turkish Simit

I saw this recipe when I was looking for an international street food. In turkey, Simit is a famous street food. Simit vendors sell it loaded in special carts. This fitted the bill perfectly and I bookmarked it immediately. But then I never got a chance to try it and after so much of procrastinating, I made these crispy chewy sesame rings today. I halved the original recipe and made 8 small simits. When relished when warm, they have a crispy crust and chewy interior and it reminded me of the pretzel I made earlier. The making is quite easy. The only work is the kneading of the dough for 10 minutes and the other steps are easier. The original recipe mentioned about dipping the dough circles in molasses and coating with sesame seeds. As I didn't have molasses, I dipped them in milk and coated with sesame seeds. May be it was missing the sweetness from the molasses. But still it tasted good. I am linking this to Yeastspotting....

Recipe Source: AZ Cookbook
Makes 8 small Simits
Flour/ Maida-2 cups
Instant Yeast-1 3/4 tsp
Salt-3/4 tsp
Sugar- a pinch
Warm Water-3/4 cup
Milk-1/4 cup ( Use Molasses if available)
White Sesame Seeds-1 cup

1. In a bowl mix flour, sugar, salt and instant yeast.
2. Add warm water and prepare a soft dough.
3. Transfer the dough to the counter and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
4. Place in a bowl, apply oil on top of dough, cover with a cling wrap and allow it to rise for 2 hours.
5. Now knead the dough again and divide it into 8 equal portions.
6. Roll each portion into a 12" long rope.
7. Twist the rope and bring both ends together.
8. Pinch to seal.
9. Prepare the remaining dough portions into rings.
10. Cover with a wet cloth and let t sit on counter for 1 hour.
11. Now take milk in a deep plate and sesame seeds in a plate.
12. Grease a baking tray.
13. Dip the prepared ring in milk and then transfer to the sesame seeds.
14. Coat the surface with sesame seeds.
15. Place the prepared ring on the tray.
16. Finish off the remaining rings.
17. Cover with cloth and let it rest for 20 minutes.\
18. Preheat oven to 200C.
19. Bake the rings for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden.
20. Remove from oven and serve warm with jam and butter.

Knead a soft dough.

Knead for 10 minutes to get an elastic dough.

Allow it to double fro 2 hours.

Divide the dough into 8 equal portions.

Roll each portion into a rope and twist it.

Bring the edges together and pinch to seal.

My niece counting the rings.

Allow it to sit for 1 hour.

Dip the ring in milk.

Place it on the sesame seeds.

Coat it with sesame seeds.

Arrange on a greased baking tray.

Bake until golden.

Serve when warm.

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  1. How pretty they look akka :) really new recipe to me

  2. You make such a good recipes and i love them all.. you rock in your kitchen:)

  3. that is new to me!! as you have mentioned, looks very similar to pretzels...


  4. Its been in my to do list u have made them so perfectly dear :) looks fabulous :)

  5. Wow,such a beautiful baked goodies, seriously i love the sesame seeds coating here.

  6. Turkish cuisine is the one that always fascinate me . Those simit looks delicious and perfectly baked with sesame seeds covering.

  7. looks simply yummy and mouthwatering.

  8. Wow that's so impressive Gayathri..this surely sounds quite simple and your sbs are such help!

  9. Being a sesame lover, I'm going to try this pretty soon Im sure! The pictures are brilliant. I especially love the pic of the simit on the grey mat. The background texture looks lovely and accentuates the food. I remember some other dishes you've shot with it.

  10. this is so close to the bagel and yet better, lovely recipe

  11. Lovely looking munchies :) Superb one...

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  12. They look so crisp and welcoming. Slurrpppp

  13. I love sesame seeds and am sure to try this one. Still searching for yeast here though..

  14. Beautiful bake!! Love the sesame seeds on top!

  15. wow... love this style of baking... hope i will do baking technique like you

  16. I somehow had missed this post - good thing you posted the roundup - these are def to try!!!

  17. This looks really good Gayathri! Learning so many new recipes through this BM :)

  18. Very interesting 'donut' looking dish.. Love that sesame seed coating.

  19. Bookmarking this one. Its the kind my folks love. Good one Gayatri.


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