Not really a Turkish meal, but my own creation in the Turkish style.


  • 2 lamb leg steaks
  • 150g cous-cous
  • 300 mL vegetable stock, boiling
  • 1 tomato
  • ½ red onion
  • 3---4 spring onions
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Spice Mixture

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds or cumin powder
  • 1 tsp dried crushed chilli flakes or chilli powder
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • ¾ tsp powdered ginger or ¾ inch fresh ginger
  • 1---2 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
  • ½ tsp crushed coriander seeds or coriander powder
  • ½ tsp powdered cinnamon


Crush and mix the spices with a pestle and mortar. Add a 1 tbsp lemon juice to make a paste. Rub paste onto the lamb steaks. Grill or griddle for 5---10 minutes on each side, until nicely browned.

Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, tomato, spring onions and parsley. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Fry the red onion and spring onion for a couple of minutes. Add the tomato, parsley, cous-cous and stock and remove from heat. After 3---4 minutes, stir in the remaining lemon juice.

Spoon the cous-cous mixture onto two plates and place the steaks on top. If you're extra hungry, serve with hummous and pitta bread.