A related dish comes from the first Ottoman cookbook to be published in English. The recipes in Turabi
Perhaps Osman, who had completed his pilgrimage to Mecca, deserved a treat? The Janissaries, on the other hand, ate meat every day. Palace records show that the imperial kitchens cooked 35,000 sheep (and over 50,000 hens) in the year 1574: more sheep than, say, aubergines (27,190).
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