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Authentic Recipe of Içlekli. Delicious Traditional Turkmen Shepherd’s Pie.

Içlekli is an authentic recipe of Traditional Turkmen Pie made of meat, fresh herbs, and mild seasoning and baked in the oven for a filling meal.

Things to know about Içlekli Recipe

Içlekli is a specialty of Turkmen Shepherds. Traditionally it was cooked in clay ovens, now baking in ovens is much more common. However, some local enthusiasts are still keeping the traditional way alive.

It’s filled with a generous amount of meat and veggies like tomato and bell pepper. The meat is not grounded, but it’s cut into small pieces to keep the chunky texture. Either lamb or beef can be used.

Its dough is always soft and juicy from the meat inside. Shepherd’s pie has been popular for its delicious taste and also because it’s easy and completely fulfilling. Serve it with melted butter and hot tea for a wholesome Traditional Turkmen experience.

Delicious Traditional Turkmen Shepherd’s Pie. Authentic Recipe of Içlekli.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Içlekli
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Occasional Cooking Weekend Family Meal Recipes


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 880 kcal



  • 50 grams (1.76 oz) Butter Melted
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 300 ml (10.14 floz) Water Lukewarm
  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) Flour
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  • 250 grams (8.82 oz) Ground (Minced) Beef
  • 250 grams (8.82 oz) Ground (Minced) Lamb
  • 1 pc Tomato Diced
  • 1 pc Onion Chopped
  • 1/2 pc Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Red Pepper Powder
  • 8 tbsp Water



  • In a bowl, combine flour, salt, and butter.
  • Slowly add water until dough forms.
  • Divide into two and roll into balls.
  • Set aside for 5 minutes.


  • Cut the meat into thin strips and then cut them into small pieces.
  • Mix with seasonings and chopped vegetables.


  • Pre-heat oven to 250C / 482F.
  • Using a rolling pin. Flatten each dough to about 15 cm in diameter.
  • Transfer one dough to the baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Spread the filling on the dough evenly, leaving a little space on the edge of the dough.
  • Place the second dough over the filling. Press or pinch the edges to seal the filling.
  • Poke small holes using a fork and brush water on top.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
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— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Religious Cooking Halal Recipes, Kosher Recipes


Calories: 880kcalCarbohydrates: 95gProtein: 34gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 1330mgPotassium: 447mgFiber: 3gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 329IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 8mg
Keyword Içlekli Recipe, Islekli Recipe, Traditional Turkmen Shepherd’s Pie
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What to serve with Içlekli?

Serve with tea and butter.

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Variations of Içlekli

Gutap is a similar recipe where the dough is fried or roasted.

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