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Tantuni (Turkish Lamb Wrap)

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Tantuni (Turkish Lamb Wrap)

Course: MainDifficulty: Easy


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Tantuni is a Turkish street food made with thinly sliced lamb that is cooked in a special pan and then served in a warm pita bread. It is typically topped with onions, tomatoes, and parsley. Tantuni is a delicious and flavorful dish that is perfect for a quick and easy meal.


  • 500g lamb mince

  • 2 onions, finely chopped

  • 1 tomato, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 6 lavash breads

  • In a large bowl, combine the lamb mince, onions, tomato, parsley, olive oil, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the lamb mixture and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • To assemble the tantuni, place a piece of lavash bread on a plate. Top with the lamb mixture, then sprinkle with more parsley. Roll up the lavash bread and enjoy.


  • You can also use ground beef instead of lamb.
  • If you don’t have lavash bread, you can use any type of flatbread.
  • You can also add other toppings to your tantuni, such as chili peppers, garlic sauce, or yogurt.
  • Tantuni is delicious served with a side of salad or rice.

What is a tantuni in turkish?

Tantuni in Turkish is tantuni kebabı. It is a dish of shredded meat, spices, and herbs that is typically served in a pita bread or on a plate with rice. Tantuni is a popular street food in Turkey, and it is also becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world.

The name “tantuni” comes from the Turkish word “tantunimek,” which means “to twist.” This refers to the way that the meat is cooked, which is typically done by twisting it on a skewer over a hot grill.

The traditional tantuni kebab is made with lamb or beef, but it can also be made with chicken or fish. The meat is seasoned with a variety of spices, including cumin, turmeric, and chili powder. It is then cooked on a skewer over a hot grill until it is cooked through.

The cooked meat is then shredded and served in a pita bread or on a plate with rice. It is typically garnished with tomatoes, onions, and parsley. Tantuni can be eaten as a main course or as a snack.

Here are some other Turkish dishes that you might like:

  • Kebab: Kebab is a general term for grilled meat, and there are many different types of kebabs in Turkish cuisine. Some of the most popular kebabs include shish kebab, kofte kebab, and Adana kebab.
  • Pide: Pide is a type of Turkish flatbread that is often filled with cheese, meat, or vegetables. It is a popular street food in Turkey, and it is also often served as a main course.
  • Lahmacun: Lahmacun is a type of Turkish pizza that is made with a thin crust and topped with ground meat, onions, tomatoes, and spices. It is a popular street food in Turkey, and it is also often served as a main course.

How many calories in a tantuni?

The number of calories in a tantuni depends on the size of the portion, the type of meat used, and the way it is cooked. A typical tantuni kebab made with lamb or beef and served in a pita bread will have around 500-600 calories. If the tantuni is made with chicken or fish, it will be lower in calories.

Here is a table of the calorie content of different types of tantuni:

Type of TantuniCalories
Lamb or beef tantuni in a pita bread500-600
Chicken tantuni in a pita bread400-500
Fish tantuni in a pita bread300-400
Tantuni on a plate with rice600-700

It is also important to note that the calorie content of tantuni can vary depending on the restaurant or vendor that you purchase it from. Some vendors may use more oil or fat when cooking the meat, which will increase the calorie content.

If you are watching your calorie intake, you can reduce the calorie content of tantuni by choosing a smaller portion, using a pita bread made with whole wheat flour, or choosing a grilled tantuni instead of a fried one. You can also add vegetables to your tantuni to increase the fiber and nutrient content.

Overall, tantuni is a relatively healthy food that can be part of a balanced diet. However, it is important to be aware of the calorie content and to choose a portion size that is appropriate for your needs.