Separate ingredients [will be needed] for puff pastry or another dough.
If the ham is too salty, it should be soaked before using.
*The name of this dish and the ingredients seem somewhat incongruous. Although rice and mutton have long been associated with Turkish cuisine, nineteenth-century Turks, who were Muslims, would not have eaten ham. On the other hand, the Ottoman Empire included many non-Muslim people. This dish seems more Armenian or Georgian and, from a Russian perspective, vaguely came from “Somewhere down there near Turkey.” The same kind of geographical fuzziness has led to our calling our native American bird, the Meleagris gallopavo, a turkey.
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