Being a Vegetarian may sometimes be difficult especially in a country which is famous for its Kebabs and Shawarma. After our unplanned trip to Russia where we faced loads of problem related to Vegetarian food, we decided to do our homework before traveling to Turkey and decided to write this post in order to help Veggie lovers.

Turkey is a meat loving country, but to our surprise there are many Turkish dishes which were meat free. Turkish vegetarian food is cheap and delicious. Here is our quick food guide for Turkish vegetarian cuisine:

Turkish Breakfast:

Turkish Breakfast which is known as ‘kahvalti ‘, consists of fresh cheese, olives, cucumbers, fruit slices, fruit preserves (jams), butter, freshly baked bread, butter which is served with black coffee, sometimes the breakfast also consists of boiled eggs or omelette.

Turkish Breakfast "Delight for vegetarians"

Turkish Breakfast “Delight for vegetarians”

 

Turkish coffee always served with Breakfast

Turkish coffee always served with Breakfast

 

Cheese Pide:

Pide is a boat shaped Turkish pizza and is very commonly available in most of the restaurant or cafes.

Cheese Pida- boat shape pizza

Cheese Pida- boat shape pizza

Gozleme:

It is Turkish version of our Indian stuffed parathas which is available in varieties of fillings like potato, spinach, cheese and meat. It’s cheap and is also mouth-watering.

Spinach and Cheese Gozleme

Spinach and Cheese Gozleme

Lady preparing Gozleme with spinach and cheese @Şirince Village

Lady preparing Gozleme with spinach and cheese @Şirince Village

gozleme-preparation

Simit:

Simit is a Turkish Bagel or circular bread seasoned with sesame seeds. It is a popular Turkish street food which is widely available on carts. If you are hungry and couldn’t find anything to eat, just stop at the simit cart/trolley stand and grab one for yourself, it’s cheap which costs a lira.

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Simit Cart

 

Kumpir:

Kumpir is another famous street food of Turkey. It is a big baked potato, stuffed with loads of different exotic vegetable dressing of your choice, which include olives, salads, cabbage, corns, mayonnaise and also some spicy sauces and many more. It is the most delicious street food I tasted.

Kumpir at 'Princes Island'

Kumpir at ‘Princes Island’

 

Dolma:

If you are in Turkey you need to try Dolma, it is grape vine leaves stuffed with rice, dipped in olive oil, some of the restaurant cover dolma with fresh yogurt.

Dolma- Vine leaves stuffed with rice and spices simply "YUM"

Dolma- Vine leaves stuffed with rice and spices simply “YUM”

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Turkish Mezze platter:

Turkish Mezze plate or a Turkish Platter, is a treat to all vegetarians. The Veg platter consists of Zuchini fritters, Dolma, Hummus bread, baked beans, tomato slices, Biber dolma (Pepper stuffed with rice) and stuffed eggplant.

Vegetarian Turkish Mezze Platter

Vegetarian Turkish Mezze Platter

Platter is always served with bread

Platter is always served with bread

Borek:

It is a filled pastry which comes with different variants of fillings for vegetarians. You can have Spinach and cheese borek, we even tried mushroom and cheese borek in Selcuk which was quite different to the one we tasted in Istanbul.

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Spinach and cheese Borek

Mushroom Borek, had this in Selcuk

Mushroom Borek, had this in Selcuk

Kunefe :

It is one of the most delicious Turkish desserts, it is a crispy cheese filled dessert made with Vermacilli (Kadayif) which is fried and dipped in sugar syrup.

Kunefe- Tasted simply awesome

Kunefe- Tasted simply awesome

 

Bakalava:

Bakalava is a rich sweet with layers of pastry stuffed with chopped nuts and dipped in sugar syrup. It is very popular in Turkey and are widely sold in most restaurants.

Bakalava at konak Restuarent Istanbul

Bakalava at konak Restuarent Istanbul

Dondurmalı irmik helvası:

It is a Turkish Halwa/ sheera made with semolina and stuffed with ice cream. I completely loved the idea of having this combination of sheera with ice cream which was topped with chocolate syrup.

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Suffed with ice cream- you surely need to try this at home

Suffed with ice cream- you surely need to try this at home

Ayran:

Ayran is Turkish buttermilk, which is served with most of the dishes; you can even get tetra pack of ayran in many supermarkets.

 

Freshly made Ayran

Freshly made Ayran

You can also get these packed Ayran incase you would like to walk and enjoy

You can also get these packed Ayran incase you would like to walk and enjoy

There are lot of variants of Turkish dishes for vegetarians which one need to explore. Turkish food is one of the best vegetarian foods we have tasted and also found the similarity of some Turkish dishes to that of Indian dish. Contrary to popular belief delicious vegetarian food in Turkey is easy to find and in your budget.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as we enjoyed the delicious Turkish food, do also read our short Guide to Istanbul.