Tuesday, May 10, 2022


This is a delicious and ultimate baked potato -Turkish style! This is a street food in Turkey and has lots of flavorful components and textures that make it one of a kind delicious meal!

Who doesn't love baked potatoes? Baked potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. Baked potatoes are also called jacket potatoes in Europe and this flavor variation with different components in this baked potato make it stand alone from our regular baked potatoes. With a little butter and mozzarella cheese, this is heavenly with lots of toppings. We loved the bites of dill pickle and green olives in this version! mMmmm Just Delicious!

Let's get a closer look of what this kumpir consists.

Potatoes - I recommend Russet potatoes that are ideal flor baking
Kisir - Turkish bulgur salad
Turkish Olivier Salad - potato salad
Pickled cabbage
Green and black olives
Sliced dill pickle
Corn - canned ones work
Mozzarella cheese - shredded ones are good, I have used thinly sliced ones as I ran out of the former.
This is a street food and hence anything of interest can also be used as topping, like any sauce too!

The flavors from the fresh cabbage pickle and the dill pickle are amazing! Each component adds to magical layers of flavor and everything blends so well with the baked potato. No wonder that this is a popular street food. Now, the next time you have a little potato salad and/or bulgur salad as leftovers, then this kumpir is an amazing one to use up the leftovers too! 

This street style baked potato reminds of Egyptian Kushari which had different components that is a national dish and street food of Egypt. Street food is always fun and delicious and my Indian spin on chaat style Baked Potato Ragada Chaat is one of the best! This Turkish style baked potato, Kumpir is no exception and is yet another one that you'll love!

This month we are traveling to Turkey virtually in our #eattheworld group. Turkey is a country that has a unique place, it is partly in Asia and partly in Europe. Turkish cuisine is a heritage of Ottoman cuisine and is influenced by its neighboring countries. The food also varies across the country based on the region and the local bounty creating an array of specialty foods. In my trials, we enjoyed this baked potato, kisir, the potato salad, gozelme. Today I am sharing this recipe for this event. Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us! 


Medium Russet potatoes - 4
Oil - 3-4 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Cayenne - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Corn - 6 to 8 tbsp
Butter - 4 tbsp
Mozzarella cheese - 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup
Turkish olivier salad - 2/3 cup
Kisir - 2/3 cup
Parsley chopped

Purple cabbage pickle

Purple cabbage - 1/2 cup, thinly sliced
Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Wash and dry the potatoes. Drizzle a little oil and sprinkle about 1/8th tsp of salt on each potato. Wrap them and bake for 45-50 minutes.

When the potato bakes, in the meantime, mix the cabbage , lemon juice, and salt and set aside.

Once the potatoes are done, slit them open, add salt, pepper, cayenne, and butter, and mash well to get a smooth consistency.

Add the mozzarella cheese and mash again.

Place the potato in a serving plate. Add 2-3 tablespoon of kisir followed by 2-3 tablespoons of Turkish Olivier Salad. Then top with corn,olives, dill pickles, followed by pickled cabbage.

Garnish with a little parsley and serve immediately.

Check out all the wonderful Turkish dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. 

Magical Ingredients: Kumpir - Turkish Style Baked Potatoes 

Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Turkish Simit Bread 

A Day in the Life on the Farm: Pide Ekmek 

Pandemonium Noshery: Sahanda Pirzola - Turkish Lamb and Tomatoes

 Sneha’s Recipe: Keto Turkish Menemen - Scrambled Eggs In Tomato Sauce 

Kitchen Frau: Ã‡ilbir (Turkish Eggs in Garlic Yogurt)


  1. My hubby will love this, must try it for him!

  2. Those potatoes look wonderful - what a variety of colours, flavours, and textures!

  3. I love stuffed baked potatoes and this filling sounds amazing.