Vegan Lahmacun or Lahmajoun a very tasty thin-crust pizza from Turkey. This vegan Turkish Pizza or Arabic pizza is a must-try by every Pizza lover.
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At the beginning of my vegetarian days, it was a challenge to resist the variety of non-vegetarian food options available in the restaurants especially in Dubai which is a heaven for non-vegetarian food lovers.
One such dish was a thin crust Pizza available in a lot of restaurants serving Arab food. Unfortunately, my eyes fell on that tempting dish after turning vegetarian and no vegetarian version of it was available in the market. The dish was Lahmacun also known as Lahmajoun or Turkish Pizza/ Armenian Pizza/ Lebanese pizza/ Syrian pizza/ Arab pizza.
It’s a thin crust pizza topped with minced meat, vegetables, herbs, Arab spices and looks delicious.
Slowly, resisting the non-vegetarian food became easier for me and I no longer find it hard to resist eating it so I stopped noticing Lahmacun also.
As you know I am on a food and book voyage where I am trying to see the world through vegetarian food and books from different countries, a few days back I read a wonderful book – The Bastard of Istanbul. I would highly recommend that book to you if you also love reading.
Though the story is not about food the author has very nicely described the Turkish and Armenian cuisine in it. The perfect way in which food is infused in the story makes me strongly believe that the author must be a Food Lover like us. Even the name of every chapter is the name of something edible like vanilla, wheat, pistachio, etc.
That book made me curious to know about Turkish culture and food so I started reading about it in my free time. I googled every dish mentioned in the book and also looked for their vegan or vegetarian versions.
One day while doing this study, I came across the vegan version of Lahmacun! Till that day I didn’t even know the name of the dish. Just from the picture of that dish I got to know that it’s the same dish, resisting which had become a challenge for me in my initial green days.
Luckily I was also planning a Middle Eastern or Arab feast for Amit that weekend so I included Lahmacun on my menu.
It was super delicious and very easy to make. This is something which will now be cooked regularly in my kitchen.
More vegan/ vegetarian Arabic recipes
- Vegan Arabic sandwich
- Middle Eastern Couscous fritters
- Middle Eastern Bean Salad- Balela
- Egyptian Farro Salad
- Vegetarian Armenian eggplant salad
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Vegan Lahmacun/ Lahmajoun
Ingredients for the dough
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- water as required to knead a soft elastic dough
Ingredients for the topping
- 1 cup soya granules
- ½ red bell pepper roughly chopped
- 1 white onion roughly chopped
- 1 tomato roughly chopped
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- 4 minced garlic
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp red pepper paste
- ½ tablespoon red chili flakes adjust as per taste
- 1 teaspoon dry oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
- Salt as per taste
- Boiling water to soak soya granules
- Mix all the ingredients under the dough and knead to make a soft and smooth dough. Cover with a plastic wrap and keep aside for around 20-30 minutes.
- Soak the soya granules in boiling water and keep aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, fluff with a fork. If there is some extra water, drain it.
- Mix all the ingredients under toppings in a bowl.
- Divide the dough into equal size balls. Take one ball at a time, roll it between your hands. Dust some dry flour and roll it into thin pizza bases with the help of a rolling board and pin.
- Now put the pizza bases on a baking tray, put a thin layer of topping on each base, spread evenly leaving the corners.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven for around 8-10 minutes at 200 degrees C or until the bread turns light brown and topping also gets nicely cooked.
- Take out and enjoy your vegan Lahmacun.