Almost Turkish Recipes

Ground Meat Bread Rolls (Kıymalı Rulo)

A yeasty dough rolled with ground meat and walnuts and a dash of cinnamon is what we all need for afternoon tea.  It takes a while to make regarding the yeast and the wait for the rise, but it is easy and delicious. You should definitely try this one!

for the dough
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
2-2 1/2 cup flour (or more)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup oil (olive oil, sun flower, whichever you feel comfortable with)
1 tsp salt
yolk of one egg (we'll use the to brush the dough, you can add the white into the dough)
black nigella seeds or sesame seeds

the stuffing
3 tbsp oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped, ~1,5 cup
1/2 pound ground meat
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2-1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt

-Mix yeast, sugar, and water with a spoon in a bowl and let it dissolve for 15-20 minutes. Yeast will start to expand and bubble.
-In a pot on medium heat cook ground meat stirring constantly until it soaks its juice.
-Add 3 tbsp oil and onions to ground meat and stir until onion is cooked. Turn it off and add walnut, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper.
-Sift flour into the bowl of yeast. Add milk, oil, and salt. Add flour as necessary to make dough easy to handle. Dough should not stick to your hands.
-Let the dough sit in the bowl covered with a kitchen towel or whatever you use in a warmer place to rise twice its size, depending on the season and the warmth if your house this might take from 40 minutes to 2 hours.
-After it rises, divide the dough into two.
-With a little bit of oil and your hands make each piece into a 15 X 15 cm circle or a squarish circle. Don't worry it doesn't need to be a perfect shape.
-Place the half of the stuffing on your first circle-ish dough. Roll the dough like a cigarette without squeezing it too hard. Do the same for the second dough.
-Brush egg yolk on each roll and sprinkle black n'gella or sesame seeds or don't sprinkle anything.
-Bake at 375 F in a preheated oven for ~25 minutes or until golden brown like a loaf of bread.
-Let cool down for 10 minutes. MAke tea while waiting and dig in. Bon appetit!


  1. Yes yes I will definitely try this. :D Beautiful post Burcu!

  2. Oh yum. You're lucky to have your mom there!

  3. Those look absolutely delicious!

  4. Your nice comments are told to my mom! Belive me they are really delicious.

  5. the bride dessert looks delicious. and beautiful pictures too.. Would you know the recipe of Jalleb? I had it at a restaurant recently, but cannot find the recipe anywhere. :(

  6. Delicious! I've never seen a recipe here that I didn't make me drool! :):)

  7. Anonymous11:50 AM

    what a great lunch idea~!

  8. Anonymous4:37 AM

    hi there,
    one doubt!!!
    the bowl of yeast which is kept for 15min on the side when are we supposed to mix it with the dough?

  9. anonymous-you put the flour into that bowl of yeast to make a dough.

  10. I want this!

    Thanks for sharing. I'm bookmarking this one.

  11. These look amazing. Could you also use rolls of yufka?

  12. I agree that would have been much easier, but unfortunately no, it wouldn't work for this recipe.

  13. These are making me drool :) They look fantastic. What do you think of substituting meat for a cheese filling?

  14. You can use cheese but do not take out walnuts. Or you can use more onions in stead of ground meat, onions and walnuts are great together.

  15. Anonymous5:54 PM

    Last night I hosted a Turkish dinner for a few friends of mine and everyone loved this dish! The dough is silky, easy to work with and cooked perfectly as per your instructions. I used poppy seeds and sesame seeds on top which made for a nice crunch as well.
    I highly recommend this dish!

  16. Anonymous11:23 AM

    Burcu, cok tesekkur ederim butun tarifler icin. Ellerize saglik! Bu rulo muhtesem oldu.

  17. Anonymous9:51 PM

    Did you actually use 1/2 cup oil in the bread?

  18. Anonymous9:52 PM

    Did you actually mean 1/2 cup oil in the bread recipe?

  19. Anonymous4:24 AM

    Definitely want to try. As a main course how many people do think this would feed?

    1. the two rolls can feed 5 people as a main course

    2. Anonymous6:23 PM

      Thank you. Will be making it within the next couple days.

  20. The best dough recipe ever! Impossible to fail. Thank you, Burcu

  21. Anonymous6:56 PM

    Thank you for this recipe. It was very quick and easy to make. Great dough and concept. More salt is required for my family’s taste.