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What is Keşkek?


Keşkek is pronounced /kesh-kek/ in English. It is a hearty porridge-like dish that people in Western Turkey serve at weddings, circumcision celebrations, and religious holidays. Keşkek is made of cracked wheat or barley and meat or chicken. I had it with chicken and it was delicious. For special events, people prepare Keşkek over an open fire in a large cauldron, called kazan in Turkish. The cooks mash and stir the ingredients together with large wooden spoons. Usually, volunteers take turns stirring because it’s such a labor-intensive task.

Keşkek was inscribed in 2011 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Learn more about Keşkek at the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage site.

Man making Keşkek
Man making Keşkek

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