What is Gozleme?

The delicious and adaptable Anatolian dish known as Gozleme has a special place in Turkish cuisine. This beloved treat, which originates from the heart of Anatolia, is a staple in homes and street markets all over Turkey. With each mouthwatering bite, Gozleme will transport you to the fascinating streets of Turkey. Gozleme is essentially a savory, hand-rolled flatbread filled with a variety of delectable ingredients.

Origins of Gözleme

This well-known Anatolian delicacy, known as Gozleme, has its roots in the ancient nomadic Turkish tribes that roamed the vast and beautiful Anatolian plains. The word “Gozleme” itself is a translation of the Turkish word “göz,” which means “compartment” or “pocket.” Gozleme was a practical and nourishing meal for the wanderers during those times, giving them joy and sustenance as they travelled across the ancient lands. The resourceful nomads created these mouthwatering hand-rolled flatbreads with basic ingredients that were simple to find while travelling. They were filled with a delicious combination of flavours that nourished the body and the soul.

Women from the tribe gathered to knead the dough, make the fillings, and cook the flatbreads on griddles over an open flame as part of the communal process of making Gozleme. It was a social custom that united the tribe and honored the craft of straightforward, healthful cooking.

Throughout the ages, Gozleme changed and adapted to the shifting gastronomic scene, but its basis remained the same. It is now a well-known Turkish street food that both locals and tourists adore. Every region of Turkey is proud to have its own version of Gozleme, with different fillings and flavours that honor the variety of Anatolian cuisine.

turkish gozleme with yoghurt


The beauty of Gozleme lies in its simplicity, and you’ll find a range of delicious fillings to suit your preferences. For Mama Fatma‘s classic potato Gozleme, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 4 medium-sized potatoes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for the filling)
  • A handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes (optional for some heat)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (for cooking)
  • A sprinkle of love from Mama Fatma‘s kitchen

How to Make Gozleme:

Making authentic Mama Fatma‘s Gozleme is a culinary adventure that makes any kitchen happy. To have an encounter that embodies Anatolia, follow these easy steps.

Prepare the Dough:

Combine the all-purpose flour with a dash of salt in a mixing bowl. Add the warm water gradually while kneading the mixture to create a smooth, elastic dough. Drizzle in the olive oil. Just like Mama Fatma does, cover the dough with a damp cloth and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes to achieve the ideal texture.

Prepare the Filling:

Making the filling demonstrates Mama Fatma‘s skill. The potatoes should be peeled, boiled until soft, and then mashed until creamy. She cooks the finely chopped onion in olive oil until golden and fragrant in a separate pan. Mama Fatma adds the fresh parsley, black pepper, and red pepper flakes if desired after blending the onions into the mashed potatoes. Your tempting filling has just been finished being prepared with the love and tenderness that only Mama Fatma can offer.

Roll and Fill the Dough:

The dough is divided into small balls by Mama Fatma, who then expertly rolls each ball into a thin, rectangular sheet on a floured surface. She generously spoons the salty potato filling onto one side of the dough with her skilled hands, leaving some space around the edges. The Gozleme is then sealed by Mama Fatma folding the opposite side of the dough over the filling and pressing the edges together.

how to prepare gozleme

Cook to Perfection:

Mama Fatma gently heats a nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat while adding a small amount of butter to help food from sticking. She adds her stuffed Gozleme to the pan and carefully flips it halfway through cooking until golden brown and crispy on both sides.

How to Serve Gozleme:

Gozleme is best served hot off the griddle, straight to your plate, as Mama Fatma is aware of! She divides the Gozleme into smaller pieces and offers a traditional Turkish gözleme dipping sauce, like cacik, a cool yogurt-based sauce with cucumbers, garlic, and mint, to enhance the taste. The flavours of the Gozleme are elevated by this delightful combination, turning it into a genuine culinary masterpiece from Mama Fatma‘s kitchen.

How to Store Leftovers:

Although Mama Fatma‘s Gozleme is best when eaten right after cooking, any leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Just like Mama Fatma does, simply reheat your Gozleme in a pan or oven for a few minutes until it regains its attractive crispiness.


Is Gozleme Healthy?

Mama Fatma‘s Gozleme, a dish that features a delicious combination of fresh ingredients, is a wholesome option for those looking for a nutritious and filling meal. It is a satisfying option that can be enjoyed with pleasure thanks to its balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and important nutrients.

Can I Freeze It?

Mama Fatma‘s Gozleme can be frozen for later enjoyment. Your cooked and cooled Gozleme will remain tasty and fresh for up to three months if you store them in freezer-safe bags. Simply defrost them and reheat them on a hot pan or in the oven when you’re ready to savor this Anatolian treat once more. This will bring back memories of Turkey’s bustling streets exactly as Mama Fatma intended.

So, with Mama Fatma‘s help, embrace the spirit of Anatolia in your kitchen and involve yourself in the delightful art of making your own Gozleme. This beloved Turkish dish is sure to become a treasured addition to your culinary repertoire thanks to her expert touch and passion for cooking. Discover the vibrant city of Gozleme and let Mama Fatma‘s culinary skill lead you as you let your taste buds vibe to the captivating music of Anatolia! Mama Fatma‘s Gozleme will leave you with an unforgettable culinary experience that honors the rich heritage of Anatolian cuisine, whether you enjoy it with friends and family or by yourself.