How to Make Gozleme

Gözleme is a delicious savoury pastry originating in the heart of Turkey's Central Anatolia. Typically cooked on a flat grill plate, baked or fried, they are a versatile and easy to prepare meal and party food.

Gözleme can be filled with a wide variety of fillings. This recipe includes spinach and cheese, and makes four individual gözleme.


  • Dough:
  • 2.5 cups of plain flour (wholemeal is also suitable), plus extra for dusting.
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tsp instant yeast (optional, some variations do not contain yeast)
  • 1/3 cup oil, light olive or canola, plus extra for cooking.
  • Filling:
  • 1.5 cups grated Feta. You may include other cheese like cheddar or mozzarella.
  • 1.5 cups chopped silverbeet or mixed chard
  • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion, spring onion or purple shallots.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice (optional).
  • Lemon wedges, to serve.


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    Make your dough. Combine all ingredients in a mixer or large bowl and knead until it makes a smooth, elastic dough (approx 5-10 minutes). You may not need all the water as flour absorbs at different rates, so add it gradually. Allow the dough to sit for an hour.
    • If you made the yeast free version, its recommended to allow the dough to rest overnight.
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    Combine all your filling ingredients and stir until combined.
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    Divide your dough into 4 portions and roll out into a large rectangle approx 35 x 45cm or approx 14 x 18 inches. You will need to roll out as thinly as possible, so its recommended to dust the table with flour to ensure it does not stick. Keep giving the dough 90 degree rotation turns to ensure the consistency is even. If space permits, roll out all the dough rectangles before filling.
    • You may also make them into a large circle, the method is flexible.
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    Divide the filling and spread on each gozleme rectangle. Be sure to only spread the filling over half of the dough as you will be folding it over to make a parcel.
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    Fold the topping free half over and seal the edges with water, pressing to seal. Brush each gozleme envelope lightly with oil.
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    Place each gozleme on a preheated flat grill-plate or large, non stick pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the uncooked side with oil and carefully flip over and cook the other side until golden.
    • Alternatively, preheat your oven to 220C / 428F and place each Gözleme on a lined baking tray. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden and crisp.
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    Serve hot, cut into quarters and serve with lemon wedges and salad if desired.

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