This vegan lahmacun recipe is a Turkish-style version of the popular lahmacun dish, but plant-basedla. For this lahmacun, I used a spicy vegan ground round, homemade crust and vegetable topping to make this popular thin middle eastern style flatbread dish!
If you’re craving a healthy and flavourful vegan lahmacun, I’ll show you how to make it using simple pizza-style dough topped with rich veggie and ground round topping and served with a garlicky vegan sauce.
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Lahmacun is a spiced Middle Eastern dish, commonly found in Turkey, Armenia and other surrounding countries. It is made with a spicy ground meat and vegetable mixture spread on a very thin bread-like crust, typically eaten with salad and garlic sauce. For more about the history of Lahmacun, click here.
For this lahmacun recipe, you can use a store-bought item like crust and vegan garlic sauce or make a homemade vegan crust and garlic sauce using my instructions below! If you’re pressed for time, use a store-bought or made-ahead pizza dough.
INGREDIENTS FOR TURKISH-STYLE LAHMACUN (VEGAN):
For the Lahmacun Crust:
- All-Purpose Flour
- Warm Water
- Olive Oil
- Instant Yeast
NOTE: you can also use store-bought pizza dough if you’re pressed for time
For the Lahmacun Toppings:
- Red Pepper
- Serrano Pepper
- Roma Tomato
- Flat-Leaf Parsley
- Olive Oil
- Vegan Ground Round
- Tomato Paste
- Cayenne Pepper
- Salt & Pepper
For the Vegan Garlic Sauce (Optional):
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT I USED:
- Mixing Bowls
- Measuring Utensils
- Stand Mixer (optional)
- Plastic Wrap or Kitchen Towel
- Pizza Stone
- Food Processor
- Rolling Pin
Full Recipe Down Below
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup of warm water
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 small package of instant yeast(1/4 oz)
- ½ red pepper
- ½ serrano pepper, stemmed and seeded
- 1 Roma tomato
- 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- ¾ cup vegan ground round
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 1⁄2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1⁄4 tsp ground cumin
- 1⁄4 tsp paprika
- 1⁄8 tspground cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt, divided
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 cup plain vegan yogurt
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix all the garlic sauce ingredients together in a bowl, and refrigerate.
- In a small bowl, combine sugar, yeast, and warm water. Let the mixture sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a stand mixture, or large bowl, mix flour and salt. Make a well in the center.
- When the yeast mixture is ready, add it to the well, with the olive oil, and mix to form a dough.
- Lightly flour a clean surface, and transfer the dough. Knead until smooth, about 6 minutes. If you are using a stand mixer, simply knead the dough in your stand mixer for about 2 minutes.
- Lightly oil a large bowl, and place the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel, and allow it to rest until doubled in size, roughly 1 hour.
- After it has proofed, punch down the dough. Divide the dough into 6 even balls and transfer to a floured baking sheet. Cover with a damp tea towel and let rest for 45 minutes.
- Allow it to come to room temperature, and rise.
- Meanwhile, heat the oven to 475F with a pizza stone in the bottom third of the oven.
- In a food processor, pulse peppers, tomatoes, parsley, onion, and garlic until everything is finely chopped.
- To a large bowl, add the pepper mixture, olive oil, ground round, tomato paste, cayenne, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, ½ tsp salt, and pepper and mix with your hands until everything is thoroughly combined. Season with additional salt if needed.
- When the dough is ready, one at a time, roll dough into a 10" disk.
- Brush off any excess flour and transfer the dough disk to a piece of parchment paper.
- Top the dough with 3–4 tbsp of the pepper/ground round mixture, and spread it out evenly, and right to the edge of the dough.
- Transfer the dough with the parchment, to the pizza stone, and bake until the dough is golden brown, about 5–9 minutes.
- Serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon, garnish of chopped parsley, and a side of garlic yogurt sauce. You can eat these sliced into triangles or rolled up.
Hey I’m Candice aka The Edgy Veg – I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or their by-products. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!
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