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Kumru Sandwich

Kumru Sandwich
Kumru is a special type of sandwich that is associated with Cesme (pronounced Cheshme) which is a region of Izmir .
Kumru translates to “turtle-dove” and the name derives from the shape of the bread that makes the sandwich. This special bread is made using a chickpea sourdough which is cooked in special bakeries usually belonging to the owners of the kumru restaurants and several of these in Çeşme stay open for 24 hours.

Ingredients of Kumru

Kumru consists of cheese, Turkish sausage (sucuk pronounced sujuk) and tomato, and is mainly served today with additional sucuk and salami, small dishes of diced dill pickles and small hot chilli peppers along with condiments of tomato ketchup and mayonnaise (although connoisseurs do not agree with the condiment addition).

History

In the past traditional bakeries and “gevrekçi” street vendors sold them plain, in a ring shape covered in sesame seeds. The kumru sandwich began life in the 1950s when this food type became more familiar with the Turkish people gaining rapid popularity being filled with kaşar (pronounced kashar), a yellow goats-milk cheese, suçuk and tomato.  

Kumru Restaurants

In Çeşme the restaurants cook the kumru ingredients on a grill over burning coals and it’s wrapped in wax-paper with the top left open; people come to eat them in the morning, for lunch and teatime, and in the evening locals and tourists come to dine on this affordable, delicious and satisfying food. In the early hours people come from the local bars and clubs before heading home and many people come all the way to Çeşme just to eat Kumru.

One of the most famous restaurants serving kumru is called Şevki and there are branches in the Çeşme, Alacati and Ilica areas. Another type of Kumru, made from the same bread, is filled with white cheese, tomato and green pepper and is mainly eaten for breakfast along with a glass of Turkish tea and can be found everywhere sold by the street vendors.  

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