Recipe: “Pişi” – Turkish Fried Bread or Fried Dough

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Pisi is a very simple Turkish, bread-like, fried dough snack. First of all, people in Turkey usually eat this delicious snack for breakfast. However, you can eat “Pişi whenever you wish. In other words, having eaten mostly in breakfast is not a rule! The official name of this yummy snack is Pisi as we mentioned before, but it is also called as the fried dough (in Turkish Hamur Kızartması). In short, you can name it however you want, eat it whenever you wish.

Pisi is a very simple Turkish, bread-like, fried dough snack
Pisi is a very simple Turkish, bread-like, fried dough snack

As for the preparation of Pisi, it is super easy and doesn’t require much stuff. In around 2 or 2.30 hours you can prepare the main stuff to cook a delicious pisi. It has a mild taste, so the cooking time is approximately 20 minutes. Enjoy yourself with this famous member of Turkish cuisine and breakfast!

Pisi is a delicious member of Turkish cuisine
Pisi is a delicious member of Turkish cuisine

Ingredients and Recipe of Pisi

  • Refined flour (maida) – 1½ cups
  • Spinach blanched and chopped – 2 cups
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh yeast – 5 grams
  • Sugar – ½ teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon + to deep fry
  • Garlic chopped – 2 teaspoons
  • Onion chopped – 1 medium
  • Feta cheese crumbled – 1 cup

How to Cook Pisi

Step 1

First of all, sift together flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast, sugar and half cup of water, mix well and set aside till frothy.

Step 2

Secondly, mix well, add one-fourth cup of water and knead into a soft dough. Cover with a damp muslin cloth and set aside for two hours.

Sift together flour and salt into a bowl to make Pisi
Sift together flour and salt into a bowl to make Pisi

Step 3

Thirdly, heat one tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan. Add garlic and onion, mix and sauté for two minutes.

Step 4

Fourthly, add spinach, mix well and for a minute. Add cheese and mix well. Set aside.

You can also use fennel instead of spinach for Pisi
You can also use fennel instead of spinach for Pisi

Step 5

Later on, divide the dough into eight equal portions. Roll out each portion into a sheet, place a portion of the stuffing on one half and fold the other half over the stuffing. Seal the edges with a fork.

Step 6

And then, heat sufficient oil in a pan. Deep-fry the prepared pisis till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 7

Finally, you should serve immediately.

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The recipe above is the one way to cook Pisi. However, there is also another way to make delicious Pisi, as well. So, we are going to share another recipe below without spinach and feta cheese. Hence, you can prefer one of two ways according to your taste!

Pisi can be eaten in breakfast as well as other meals
Pisi can be eaten in breakfast as well as other meals

Ingredients

As the beginning, you can make 15 fried bread (pisi) with this ingredient.

  • 320 gr all-purpose flour
  • 225 ml lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1,5 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil for your hands
  • Pot oil for frying

You should fry both sides of the pisi until its color becomes golden brown
You should fry both sides of the pisi until its colour becomes golden brown

Recipe of Pisi Without Cheese and Spinach

First of all, you should mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Secondly, make a well in the centre of the flour mixture, and then add the yeast and water. Thirdly, mixing to dissolve the yeast first. Knead until a smooth and elastic dough begins to form. Fourthly, grease the bowl with oil, place the dough, cover and let sit for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Enjoy your Pisi
Enjoy your Pisi

Later on, heat a large pot oil. Divide dough into mandarin size balls. Put your fingers in oil. Afterwards, flatten each dough out with your fingers. Fry both sides until golden brown for about 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bon Appetit!

 

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