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Spinach Pisi (Turkish Fried Dough)

A delicious and crispy fried dough: Spinach Pisi! It is ideal for breakfast, lunch, tea, or dinner.

June 11, 2022
Spinach Pisi (Turkish Fried Dough)Photo By Canva
Difficulty Easy
Servings 6 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 30 mins



  1. Wash the spinach thoroughly and chop it big. Boil, drain the water. Leave to cool.
  2. Prepare half a measure of bechamel sauce. Season with black pepper and chili peppers. Let it warm.
  3. Add the bechamel sauce to the boiled spinach and mix.
  4. Pluck the egg-sized pieces from the dough and open them with a roller. Add the tablespoon of spinach mixture. Close up in half moon shape.
  5. Fry the dough in hot sunflower oil. Remove excess oil with a paper towel and serve.

Bechamel Sauce Recipe

Bechamel Sauce

Bechamel Sauce Ingredients

Bechamel Sauce Directions

  • Put oil and flour in the pot. Mix the oil into the flour in lightly heat.
  • Add the milk slowly while stirring constantly. Add salt and cook until custard consistency.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Spinach Pisi (Turkish Fried Dough)
    Serves 6
    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value*
    Cholesterol 9 mg3%
    Sodium 606 mg26.3%
    Potassium 687 mg14.6%
    Protein 7.8 g15.6%
    Total Fat 3.6 g4.6%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


    • Make sure that the water you use in yeast is not too cold or too hot.
    • Slowly add the flour to the dough mixture.
    • Make sure that the dough is 2-3 mm thick. Dough thickness is one of the most important points to be considered when making spinach pisi. It allows you to make soft and crispy fried dough.
    • You can use a glass while shaping the dough. You can also shape it with hand, dough cutter or cookie molds.
    • Use baking soda and baking powder to keep the dough thicken. Also, make sure that the yeast is fresh.
    • While frying the dough, cook over medium heat. While it is immediately browned on very high heat, the inside may remain dough.
    • Put a few pieces of dough into the pan to see if the oil is hot enough while frying the dough. If the dough bubbles, the oil is hot.
    • Use disposable oil. The oil used is also very important in cooking well.
    • You can choose a deep pan. This way, you can prevent oil splashes around.
    • While adding salt to the dough, mix the flour and salt. This allows the dough to have a better consistency.
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    It is a local dish with many names such as pisi, fried dough or fried bread. Pisi, which looks like bread, belongs to Turkish cuisine.

    You can enjoy this dish both for breakfast and five o'clock teas. Because it is fast and easy to make, it is one of the preferred dishes. There are many varieties with plain, cheese or spinach.

    You will not be able to resist the flavor of the crispy dough that you can prepare with or without yeast. Here is the Spinach Pisi Recipe and the tricks of making an oil-free Pisi with you! Enjoy your meal.

    How to Prepare Pisi Dough at Home?

    While preparing Spinach Pisi; You can take ready-made dough from the oven or prepare it yourself at home. You can use yeast dough or unleavened dough.

    Material for Making Homemade Yeast Pisi Dough

    • 1 pack dry yeast or half pack fresh yeast
    • 2 glasses of warm water
    • 4 glasses of flour
    • 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar
    • 2 teaspoons of salt

    Directions for Homemade Yeast Pisi Dough

    • Add warm water to a bowl.
    • Mix the yeast, sugar, salt and water. Continue mixing until the yeast dissolves.
    • Wait 2-3 minutes for the yeast to become active.
    • Add flour to the mixture and knead the dough.
    • Cover the dough after kneading. Let it rise for about 45-60 minutes at room temperature.
    • Take the dough to the counter. Knead the dough several times. In this way, deflate the dough.
    • Sprinkle flour on the counter. Divide the dough into walnut-sized pieces.
    • Roll out each dough with the help of a roller and cover it after putting your mixture for the spinach pisi.

    Material for Making Homemade Unleavened Pisi Dough

    • 1 egg
    • 3 tablespoons of yogurt
    • 1 glass of warm water
    • 2 - 2.5 glasses of flour
    • 1 packet of baking powder
    • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons of salt

    Directions for Homemade Unleavened Pisi Dough

    • Whisk the eggs, yoghurt and water with a hand mixer.
    • Add vinegar to the mixture.
    • Mix the salt, baking powder and baking soda with the flour in a separate bowl.
    • Slowly add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture.
    • Get a soft dough.
    • Roll out the dough with the help of a rolling pin. Cut the dough you opened with the help of a water glass.
    • In the middle of the dough, add 1 tablespoon of the mixture you prepared for the spinach pisi.

    How Is Spinach Boiled?

    When spinach is boiling, first remove the leaves. Soak in vinegar water for 10 minutes. Cut the stems with a pair of scissors or a knife. Add salt water to a pan. Chop the spinach. After the water boils, add the spinach. Cook with the lid open for 2-3 minutes. Drain the spinach with a strainer. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice optionally.

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