Kadayif Manti is on the menu in Book recipe, and we are going to teach you how to make this delicious recipe from scratch!
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Today we have a spooky recipe that be nicely served as a main dish in a dinner with hors d’oeuvres and it is one of our favorite inventions. I can proudly tell you that virtually everyone asked for a second serving after the first one!
So what’s the story behind this spooky special.
Well, when I was a kid, I did not like manti, same way I did not like many other dishes. Once in a while, when my grandmother came over, we would all gather at my uncle’s, and “hard-to-make” dishes would be cooked. These “hard-to-make dishes” included meals like meatball soup and manti.
On a manti day, a coin would be stuffed in one of the mantis and whoever stumbled upon it during the meal, no matter their age, would get the money put on the table by the elders of the family.
This was one of the Anatolia traditions, which prepared the children for life. Indeed, one had to know how to lose as well as how to win, even as a child. And if there were any privileges conceded due to someone’s age, it would be done with subtlety.
I remember it pretty well. I was on my mother’s lap, and I was turning my clove from one side to the other with precise 180-degree angles, saying “I’m not gonna eat it” with no regard to that bag of bones body of mine. And my mother, telling me “Eat just this spoonful for my sake,” thrusted a spoonful of manti into my mouth.
As I just started to chew, a metallic sound came out. Apparently, I had found the lucky coin. My mother still says that she did not do it on purpose; nevertheless, it was the moment I really tasted manti and said to myself “um, it’s not bad at all.” Then, I fell in love with the Turkish cuisine with each passing day, and our tradition of manti days always held a special place in my heart.
I hope you too like this dish, which is among my favorite recipes. Moreover, this is proof that the magnificent kadayif – usually an ingredient for desserts – can well be used in dishes that are not sweet. It makes me happy to see and hear about kadayif wrapped around prawns or cheese-filled fried kadayif.
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