The Simit – Street Food of Istanbul

Sokak Simit

Street food in Istanbul has always been an art-form and there is one treat that never disappoints – the sesame rings called Simit. This is the crispy version, known as street simit.


  • 1 kg flour
  • 450 ml water, warmed
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 30 g yeast
  • 15 g salt
  • 10 g sugar


  • 400 g sesame seeds
  • 120 ml grape molasses
  • 120 ml water
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 15 g flour

Activate the yeast with the sugar in the lukewarm water.

Sift flour with salt. Add yeast water and oil.

Knead on floured surface until smooth, about 15 minutes.

Cover, leave to rise for two hours, degas once.

Cut into 60 g pieces, roll into long thin sausages. Twist into spirals and join together to form a ring.

Prepare an oiled baking tray.

Put flour, oil, molasses and water in a deep bowl, and scatter sesame seeds on a wide plate. Dip each ring into the molasses water, then into the sesame seeds, making sure they are well coated, place on tray.

Preheat oven to 190°C.

Cover and leave to rise for 30 minutes.

Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.


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