What Makes A Staple Turkish Breakfast Called Kahvalti? Here’s Where To Have In India

Turkish breakfast is a leisurely affair, often enjoyed with family and friends over several hours.

by Tejashee Kashyap
What Makes A Staple Turkish Breakfast Called Kahvalti? Here’s Where To Have In India

A Sunday brunch is a time to relax, indulge, and enjoy a leisurely meal. There’s no better way to elevate this experience than with a traditional Turkish kahvaltı. Turkish people have a strong love for food and believe that breakfast is the most significant meal of the day. Because of this, a traditional Turkish breakfast, or “kahvalti,” is a feast for the senses.

Turkish Kahvalti

Unlike the hurried breakfasts common in many parts of the world, Turkish breakfast is a leisurely affair, often enjoyed with family and friends over several hours. The table becomes a gathering place where conversations flow as freely as the tea, creating an atmosphere of connection and relaxation. Turkish breakfast is usually enjoyed around a low table, either in a cosy kitchen or on a shaded terrace. The table is typically covered with colourful, patterned cloth. The communal nature of the meal fosters a sense of togetherness and reflects the Turkish value of sharing

Freshness is a hallmark of Turkish breakfast. For instance, a typical Turkish breakfast consists of several small treats. Thus, black and green olives, cucumbers, cured meats, dips and sauces, eggs, fresh cheeses, fresh tomatoes, freshly baked bread, fruit preserves and jams, honey, pastries, and sweet butter are typically found in a traditional Turkish breakfast. The traditional beverage to accompany breakfast is Turkish tea (çay), served in small, tulip-shaped glasses. Strong and black, it’s usually sweetened with sugar. In some regions, ayran (a yoghurt-based drink) is also popular.  The variety ensures a good mix of proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins.

While traditional elements remain central, modern Turkish breakfasts have started incorporating international flavours and ingredients. It’s not uncommon to find avocado toast, smoothies, or granola alongside the more traditional fare, especially in urban areas and trendy cafes.

Also Read: 9 Restaurants In Bangalore, Delhi & Mumbai That Serve Delicious Authentic Turkish Cuisine

Where To Have Kahvalti In India?

 

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The majority of people believe that you can only taste a meal at its best in its original location. However, that isn’t always the case. Bringing a slice of Turkey to India, Öz by Kebapci in Bangalore brings the traditional and decadent Turkish breakfast here in India. Unlike most Turkish restaurants, this place makes you realise how authentic Türkiye food is. Their dedication to authenticity is evident in the fact that they make sure that only authentic ingredients are used in their menu items; if they aren’t available, the foods will be taken from the menu until they are.

The key highlights of their Kahvalti menu include Menamin (a traditional Turkish dish made primarily with eggs, tomatoes, green peppers, and spices), Mıhlama (made with cornmeal, butter, and local melting cheese, it is cooked until creamy and stretchy) and Pide (a type of Turkish flatbread topped with various ingredients such as cheese, meats, and vegetables, then baked in a stone oven). For desserts, savour honey with Kaymek (cream) which offers a perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess often served chilled. They also have Mini Borek, a traditional Turkish pastry made from thin layers of dough filled with various ingredients such as cheese, meat, or vegetables.

 

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The fine dining restaurant offers a wide array of authentic Turkish dishes that focus on authentic Ottoman food and draw influence from Eastern Turkey. Additionally, when you enter the restaurant, the immersive experience transports diners straight to Türkiye. Their Bengaluru outlet in UB City screams opulence. Multicoloured stained glass panels, Oriental rugs adorning the walls, the hanging decorative lamps emitting a pleasant golden-yellow light, and the chic upholstery are a feast for the eyes. The colour palette often includes warm, earthy tones, accented with vibrant blues and reds, reminiscent of Turkish ceramics and textiles. The melodies of Turkish music play softly in the background and create a soothing atmosphere.

So, gather your loved ones, and enjoy a leisurely Turkish breakfast!

What: Kahvalti – The Traditional Turkish Breakfast
Where: Öz by Kebapci, UB City, Level 2
When: 8 AM – 12 PM
Cost: ₹2399

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