A visit to the Blue Mosque, an iconic architectural marvel, would surely top your to-do list on a trip to Istanbul. Turkey has an unique geographic location between Asia, Europe and Africa. 99% of the Turkish population is Muslims. Yet, Turkey is a secular country!
You are acquainted with Istanbul’s Blue Mosque. Well, have you heard of the Accra Furqan?
It is the Blue Mosque of Ghana. It is Turkey’s gift to Ghana. It is also considered as the National Mosque of Ghana.
The mosque has the Turkish (Ottoman) architectural designs similar to the Istanbul Blue mosque. It is still under construction but you can catch the sight of the perfectly shaped arches and domes.
Turkish influence in Accra is not limited to just construction of the Blue Mosque. It definitely extends to the language that we all understand. The language of food!
There are a number of Turkish restaurants and cafes around the city. I haven’t had the opportunity to visit all of them but I have found one such comfortable and cosy restaurant that compels us to visit it repeatedly instead of trying out new places. The food served is undoubtedly heart and tummy filling. I would rather post some food pics than rave about it.
DNR- Turkish restaurant
Some appetizers to start with..
Complimentary treats from the restaurant includes traditional Turkish tea, similar to our black tea. Just that the Turkish tea is infused with flavors. The ‘designer’ bread to break with the soup and fresh salad with salsa dip.
Balloon with Humus Tahina
Well ‘Balloon’ is the name of the bread served with various dips. We preferred Humus dip- all time favorite.
Bread with Haydari
As I mentioned above, there are various types of dips. Haydari dip is another popular part of Turkish appetizer made out of strained yogurt, garlic and herbs.
Pide and chiken wings
Pide is a common Turkish food. It is flat bread cooked with various toppings. Yes, it looks similar to Pizza. Chicken wings are too irresistible not to order, served with some fries and again Turkish bread.
Mersin kebabs are a relished Mediterranean cuisine. They are soft and melt in the mouth. They can be compared to our Indian Seekh kebabs.
In the menu, this dish was named as stuffed chicken served with curry sauce. But it reminded me of European Roulade. This dish is of filled and rolled chicken, stuffed with veggies. The curry sauce has mustard base, it will surely win Bengali hearts.
There is a Kebbee Nayee counter set outdoor. Kebbee Nayee is an Arabic food which is made of meat with fine bulgur and spices. It is served with mint leaves, olive oil and onions. We were too full to try it. So no pictures of how it looks on plate.
Tulumba is a popular Turkish sweet. It was part of the cuisine of Turkish Empire (Ottoman). It is a fried batter soaked in syrup, similar to Churros or Indian sweet Jalebis.
Being in Accra, I am learning and relishing new cuisines like Turkish. Whenever I visit Istanbul, I am sure that as far as food is concerned, it is going to be a familiar place.