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A Serving Of Pide Topped with Spinach And Meat
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Turkish Pide Recipe

This recipe for pide is quite simple. You can make your pide fillings whilst your dough is proving. Make your fillings from meat or vegetables or a mix of both.
Course Main
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 400kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


For The Pide Dough

  • 250 grams plain flour
  • 160 millilitres warm water
  • 1 heaped teaspoon dried yeast approx. 5 grams
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • drizzle olive oil approx. 10 millilitres

For The Kuşbaşılı Pide Filling

  • 100 grams beef cubed to roughly 1 centimetre
  • ½ medium onion peeled & finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • ½ red pepper deseeded & finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic peeled & grated
  • 1 fresh chilli finely chopped, optional
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt & pepper to season
  • 1 small knob of butter for frying

For The Spinach Pide Filling

  • 1 handful spinach leaves washed & roughly chopped (approx 100g)
  • ½ medium onion peeled & finely chopped
  • 4 cherry tomatoes quartered, optional
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt & pepper to season
  • sunflower oil for frying


For The Pide Dough

  • Add you flour to a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle.
  • Now sprinkle your yeast and sugar around the perimeter of your well.
  • Add your salt to the centre of your well.
  • Now mix your oil and water rigorously before pouring it into the centre of your well.
  • Using a fork to begin with, start to bring your flour into the well a bit a time, stirring as you go.
  • Keep going until most of the flour and yeast is incorporated.
  • Now use your hand to keep gathering it all together until you have a slightly sticky ball of dough.
  • If it feels very sticky, add an extra couple of teaspoons of flour and knead in your bowl for a couple of minutes.
  • Once you have a very soft, sticky dough, mould into a ball and place back in your bowl.
  • Cover your bowl with a clean towel or cling film.
  • Leave to prove for 1 hour.
  • While your pide dough is proving, turn your attention to your pide fillings.

For The Kuşbaşılı Pide Filling

  • In a small frying pan, gently heat a small knob of butter and add your onion and red pepper.
  • Sauté until they start to soften and then add your meat.
  • Let your meat start to brown and release its juices.
  • As the juices start to reduce, add your tomato, chilli, garlic, spices and seasoning.
  • Cook until your tomato softens and starts to break down.
  • Now add your tomato paste (salça) and 1 tbsp water.
  • Simmer until your sauce has reduced and your meat is soft.
  • Remove from the heat.

For The Spinach Pide Filling

  • Gently heat your oil in a small frying pan and add your onion.
  • Once your onion starts to sweat, add your spinach and cook until is starts to wilt.
  • Now add your tomatoes (if using) and a splash of water and cook on a medium heat until your tomatoes start to break down.
  • Add your tomato paste, paprika and seasoning and stir everything together.
  • Remove from the heat.

How To Make Your Pide

  • Preheat your oven to 220 degrees Celsius
  • Lightly sprinkle flour over your work surface and place your pide dough onto the work surface.
  • Use your hands to roll it into an oblong shape and then cut into three or four equal pieces, depending on the size of your oven.
  • Take your first piece of dough, pat it down with your hands and stretch it into a flat oblong shape.
  • Now use a rolling pin to roll your oblong to the length of your baking tray.
  • Lightly grease your baking tray and lay the dough at one edge of the tray.
  • Take a few spoonfuls of your filling and lay it along the centre of your pide dough from top to bottom, leaving a little space around the edges.
  • Fold the sides inwards and then twist the ends of your pide so that your filling is cradled.
  • Repeat the process until you have three or four pides in your baking tray.
  • Brush the edges with olive oil and then place in the centre of your oven for around 20 minutes.
  • When they are cooked, remove from the oven and serve immediately.


  • Prep time in our pide recipe includes allowing time for your pide dough to prove and cooking of the meat and spinach whilst the dough is proving.
  • For your kuşbaşılı filling, your meat needs to be cut into roughly 1 cm cubes.
  • When you are adding your pide filling to the dough, unless you have a paddle for placing the pide into the oven, it's much easier to lay your dough on the baking tray first and then adding your filling.
  • We have said that you can make 3 or 4 pides from your dough. Our oven is quite small (our baking tray is roughly 40 cm squared, for reference) so we could only fit three pides onto the tray. In future, we will roll the dough thinner and make four pides.
  • If you don't want to use your pide dough all at once, you can keep it in the fridge for a couple of days as long as it's sealed. The dough will continue to prove, however, so just push it back down occasionally.
  • Calories are a rough guide, it depends on the size of your pides and how much filling you use.