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Sarburma, also known simply as burma, among Turks and Crimean Tatars ( a Turkic ethnic group that formed in the Crimean Peninsula between the 13th-17th century), is a traditional pastry enjoyed by many and can be found in almost every bakery shop in Turkey. Burmaq , which means “to curl” expresses its unique shape. It can be curled into a circle or it can have a long tube-like shape.
Burma can be filled with spinach and cheese, meat like lamb or beef, and it is brushed with egg yolks on top to create a crispy golden brown exterior. It can be topped with toasted sesame seeds, black nigella seeds or left plain.
The dough itself is made using yogurt, flour, milk or water and salt. However, any home chef can make this delicious pastry by using the premade phyllo sheets that are found in most supermarkets.
Burma can be enjoyed with hands as a breakfast side dish or be made as a main dish or they can be chopped into cubes, deep fried until golden brown and used as croutons on a salad. One thing for sure, the options are endless.