Super Freekeh Quails

Fırıklı Bildircin

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    4

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

Anatolia

By David Dale and Somer Sivrioglu

Published 2015

  • About

My family used to keep quails in cages on the balcony of our apartment in Istanbul because my father believed eating their eggs would help my stepsister’s asthma.

Quails are thought to have originated in China, but they were cultivated for food by the Egyptian pharaohs and became popular in Anatolia during the Seljuk period (in the eleventh and twelfth centuries). We don’t know how the Seljuks cooked them, because they weren’t big on written records, but a few hundred year