This is a famous Turkish recipe popular throughout the Middle east region. A very soft, butter flavoured multiple layers snack with delicious feta cheese stuffing. With little effort, you can make this irresistible snack at home for your family.
Preparation time: 3+1/2 hour( 2+1/2hour inactive time)
Baking time: 20 min
Serves: 12 parcels
Difficulty level: Medium
- 5 cups All propose flour
- 1 cup regular warm Milk
- 1 cup warm Water
- 3/4th cup Olive oil or any other Vegetable oil
- 1 cup Yoghurt/curd
- 2 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon dry active Yeast
- 100 gm melted Butter
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 Egg yolk to brush/for vegetarian use milk for brushing
- 200 gm Feta Cheese
- 1 handful chopped Parsley or Coriander leaves
- 6-7 chopped Olives
Take 1cup of warm water and 1 cup of warm milk in a container.
Add 2 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of yeast.Mix and keep aside for 8 to 10 minutes to broom the yeast.
When yeast brooms transfer the mixture to a big mixing bowl.Add oil, yoghurt/curd(room temperature) and salt to the yeast mixture.
Mix well with a fork and slowly add maida or all purpose flour.
Add 1 cup maida at a time and mix until a very soft and sticky dough forms.I used 5 cups of flour total, you may have little less or more.
Cover the dough and keep in a moderately hot place for 2 hours or until the dough becomes double in size.
In the meantime for the stuffing take feta cheese,chopped parsley/coriander leaves, chilli flakes and olives in a bowl.
Mix everything well and keep aside.
When the dough becomes double in size take out in a flour dusted working surface of kitchen.
Knead for few minutes and then make large lemon size balls. I made 12 balls out of the dough.
Take 100gm butter in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.Heat them to melt and keep aside.
Take a ball and roll it to make a thin round sheet/roti.
Transfer to another place and spread some melted butter with a brush to the surface of the roti.
Make another roti and spread over the 1st roti.
Again spread some melted butter over the roti.
Repeat the process for total 6 times to make 6 layers of roti with melted butter.
With your hands press and spread the layered roti to make it thin.
Also use a rolling pin to make the roti thin and big.
Now cut the sheet/roti with a knife as shown in the picture.
Take one portion, spread a little and stuff 1 tablespoon of prepared feta cheese mixture.
Fold the sheet to make a parcel.
Keep it in lined baking tray.
Like this make other parcels as you like. There is no definite shape to make, make the parcels as you like.
I also make them as shown in the picture.
Keep all the parcels in the baking tray and brush with beaten egg yolks.
Keep aside the tray again for 20 – 30 minutes and then bake them in a preheated oven at 200 degree C for 20 minutes or until they become golden brown.
Enjoy these super delicious Turkish parcels with a cup of coffee or tea.