Friday, December 20, 2013

Lahmachun Turkish Pizza

I see most of my friends here are already into christmas baking...and i'm still cooking west asia.. Seeing all of the christmas bakes and desserts already got me into mood for baking something festive..i did today, i made shortbread and hope to post it next. What i am posting here now  is a pizza, a Turkish pizza or better known as Lahmachun. The dough is basically just like any pizza dough, a flatbread made from yeast, flour, water and oil, rolled out into a thin crust and topped with a fine layer of spiced ground meat that comes with a sauce of blended onions, peppers, tomatoes and parsley. Once the lahmachun is done, it is normally served with some salad, tomatoes, raw onions and to some a squeeze of lemon juice.

The sauce : Process the tomatoes, peppers, parsley, onions till they become a paste..then add the spices, tomato paste and ground chicken. 

spread on the thin crust 

While you can just cook the raw meat and the pizza at the same time during baking, i prefer to pre cook my meat first..cos i fear that the meat might not be thoroughly cooked through with just few minutes in the oven.. well it should...i am just taking an extra step to make sure it is well cooked. Another thing is that i also 'grounded' the ground meat in the food processor so that it looks more fine but i think i hv overprocessed it that perhaps makes it not look so appealing. Tasted not bad, just like a spiced chicken pizza, without the cheese and the dough is soft that you can actually fold over or wrap.

Recipe ( from traditional ) with some changes
recipe has been scaled down to make four 7 inch pizza
Ingredients for dough
250gm all purpose flour ( i used 190gm bread flour and 60gm plain flour )
1/2 cup of water or more ( i added another 40ml )
40ml vegetable oil
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1.5tsp instant yeast

200gm ground chicken
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 a bell pepper ( combination of red and green ), cut into big strips
1 piece tomato, quartered
3/4 tsp paprika powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
pinch of cayenne ( i use chilli powder )
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 bunch of flat leaf parsley
3tbsp tomato paste
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp olive oil

1. For the dough, combine flour, salt , sugar and yeast in the mixing bowl and with the machine running on low speed , slowly add in water and oil till the dough is formed. Keep kneading the dough becomes smooth , about 10 mins on the machine. Remove and let it proof for about 1.5-2 hours
2. Meanwhile make the filling. Process onion, bell peppers, tomato in a food processor till everything is well ground. Remove to a bowl and add in ground chicken, paprika, cumin, cayenne, black pepper,  tomato paste, salt and oil . Mix till all is well combined. Set aside. ( i cooked the ground meat till almost cooked and also put them in the food processor last to ground them again. Drain the meat before process if you pre cook like i did  )
3. Divide the dough into 4 portions and roll into a circle into very thin, about 2 mm thickness. Transfer the dough into a baking tin or pizza pan, put in the fillings and bake in a preheated oven at 205C for about 7 -10 minutes.

I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest ( West Asia ) hosted by Shannon of Just As Delish


  1. Hi Lena , love pizza , thanks for sharing:)

  2. Thin pizza without cheese sounds less fat n healthy. Thanks for sharing.

  3. wow wee!! look at the colours on that!!!! absolutely salivating!

  4. I'm going to try this recipe!! haha, hopefully still got time.

  5. Thin crust pizza, simply delicious! ;)

  6. Hi Lena,
    I've made Lahmachun pizza with Yotam Ottolenghi's recipe and it was so good! Looking at yours are making me wishing I have a slice right now. Looks delicious!

  7. Great recipe!I am going to veganiose it since I dont eat meat!
    Kisses,dear Lena!

  8. looks tasty! the pizza is so thin, I like this type of pizza! yummy!

  9. This would make a good appetizer too!

  10. Wow, this is skill, Lena! The crust is paper thin but with a generous amount of filling! Great clicks!

  11. The topping for this pizza looks delicious. I love the thin crust!

  12. Well , I baked some spritz cookies but they tastes so-so and I have to eat them all by myself least my conscience will bother me if I'll throw it away *sigh* I love your Turkish pizza , the thin crust , which I so love , looks wonderful ! The toppings itself is worth making !