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Old 5th February 2014, 15:04   #1 (permalink)
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Zahter Salatısı from Antakya

Antakya/Hatay has the best food in Turkey..all the best dishes that have become popular in tourist areas lately have all originated in Antakya

for example Nar ekşisi that lovely zingy sweet sour molasses you put on salads or in stuffed veg comes from pomegranates tread by foot and cooked over hot ashes for hours in the garden until the juice is reduced
because of the growing demand they now they have small factories to make it... but still in some villages people pool the work and sell the stuff in the local markets..and this home produce is still the best

then theres künefe, which ive seen a lot lately in restaurants round here and in other tourist areas..
just as in the ''olden days'' when i was young people used to go for a reat to the local ice cream parlours..in Antakya its a family treat to go to a Künefe Salonu where all they have is this sweet...but again the best ones are made at home.. you can buy the ingredients all over the place the shredded pastry and the special cheese..

but this is about Zahter or Kekik which is called Thyme in English
this is a really nice salad and a little different.
here's the recipe in Turkish and English for those who are interested in picking up the lingo

i thought about this because i saw some fresh thyme in Metro this week which surprised me as its not the season yet
this is really easy and goes well with anything
i would add add more nar than the teaspoon in the recipe

zahter salatası kekik salatası Wild Thyme Salad
malzemeler:* ingredients
250 gr zahter kekik 250 grms of fresh thyme
1 çay kaşığı nar ekşisi spoon of nar ekşişi sour pomegranate syrup
1 orta boy soğan medium onion
1 tatlı kaşığı salça veya* toz biber desert spoon of pepper paste or powder
1 çorba kaşığı zeytinyağı soup spoon of olive oil
Yarım Demet maydanoz half bunch of parsley

Hazırlanışı:* readiness

Zahterın taze yaprakları alınır, doğranıp yıkanır.
chop and wash the thyme leaves

Acı suyunun gitmesi için tuzla ovulur,
to get rid of the bitter water rub the Thyme with salt


biber, nar ekşisi, maydanoz, zeytinyağı ilave edilerek karıştırılır.
(to the Thyme) add the pepper nar ekşisi chopped parsley olive oil mixing them in

Not: Arzu edilirse yeşil zeytin küçük doğranıp ilave edilir.*
nb. if you wish you can add well chopped green olives

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Re: Zahter Salatısı from Antakya

Hi Shirley,
When I make something similar to this it is the chopped onion I rub with salt to get rid of the bitterness, I had not heard of doing this to the thyme but will give it a go as soon as I get back to the village to pick some.


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youve reminded me i forgot to put chop the onion in the mix too
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Re: Zahter Salatısı from Antakya

Thanks Shirley. I love the pomegranate molasses. If you can't get the homemade stuff, which is the best brand to get. I've bought a few different brands, but none seem as nice as the resturants.
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Re: Zahter Salatısı from Antakya

i dont know which brand to recommend as we get homemade stuff from hatay ..although i did buy some once from one of the supermarkets that wasnt too bad

you have to make sure its nar ekşisi and not nar ekşili sos on the bottle as some marked sos are not 100 pc natural and have plum juice and glucose added..

you want nar ekşisi katkısız
no added ingredients
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Thanks Shirley that might explain some of the inferior ones we've had. By the way, I find your posts most informative and helpful

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