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A Traditional Wedding Stew: Turkish Keskek

A traditional flavor from Turkish cuisine: Keskek. Try this recipe, which is basically split wheat and meat.

October 24, 2022
Turkish Keskek A Traditional Wedding Stew
Difficulty Medium
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 50 mins
Total 70 mins



  1. Wash and drain wheat and put in a deep pan. Add the lamb, finely chopped onion, and salt. Then, add 5 glasses of water. Cook over low heat.
  2. Put the meat in a separate bowl after it has softened. Crush the meat. Add the wheat and mix them.
  3. Add salt and pepper. Cover the pot and let it cook for about 2 hours.
  4. After cooking, mix the ingredients with a spoon.
  5. Melt the butter in the pan and add the chili flakes.
  6. Pour the oil on the prepared keskek and it is ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Turkish Keskek A Traditional Wedding Stew
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.4 g8.2%
Cholesterol 52 mg17.3%
Sodium 517 mg22.5%
Protein 25.3 g50.6%
Potassium 499 mg10.6%
*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.


  • Soak the wheat or chickpeas overnight in water so that they are not raw.
  • While cooking the food, be careful not to mix it.
  • In the original recipe, lamb or mutton neck is preferred. If you wish. You can make it with or without chicken meat.
  • If you are making meat, take care that the meat is cooked well and the wire is spilled.
  • After boiling the meat, separate the water. You can add it to your recipe if you wish.
  • Choose a hand blender for a smooth texture. You can also mash it with a spoon.
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It is a meal given in ceremonies such as weddings, engagement, circumcision, and special days in Turkish cuisine. Keskek is a traditional flavor made with lamb or chicken meat and wheat.

Preparations are started one night in advance for this dish, which is preferred as a wedding meal in its original recipe. In the traditional cooking method, the wheat is cleaned and the shells are separated. Meat and wheat are boiled separately and then combined.

This traditional wedding meal; it is immigrant food. Keskek is very common in Western, Eastern, and Central Anatolia as well as in Thrace. It differs according to the regions in terms of the ingredients. It is usually made with lamb and cracked wheat.

Turkey has been protected as cultural heritage by UNESCO. So how to make this skillful taste? Here is the recipe for Turkish Keskek at home.

How To Make Vegan Keskek at Home?

The main ingredient of the traditional Turkish dish, keşkek, is Aşure (splitting) wheat and meat. It is made by boiling all materials and combining them by pounding. It can also be cooked without meat.

The necessary ingredients for the meat-free recipe are wheat, butter, spices, milk and water. To make meatless keskek at home:

  • Put the wheat in hot water overnight.
  • Put enough boiled water on it. Leave it to cook.
  • When the water is drained, mash it by adding salt and milk. Take it to the tray.
  • Melt the butter and red pepper and pour it over.

How To Make Chicken Keskek at Home?

This delicious meal, made with cauldrons in ancient times, can be fat both with and without meat. Although you can easily make keskek in a pot at home, it is made with lamb in its original recipe, but chicken meat is also preferred today. The most important point in the Chicken Keskek recipe is to prefer thigh chicken with bone. Meat with bones should be used to make the dish tasty.

  • Boil the wheat the night before.
  • Cook until the wheat gets boiled.
  • Add the chicken drumsticks to the pan and cook for about 40 minutes.
  • Separate the bones of the chickens after they are cooked and poke them.
  • Beat all ingredients thoroughly with a hand blender or spoon.

What To Serve with Keskek?

After the keşkek is cooked, it is taken into the plates. Butter, salt and red pepper mixture is poured over it. In addition, boiled chickpeas can be preferred while serving this appetizer.

Eggplant pickles are often served with keskek.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Keskek:

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