EVENTS / FOOD / istanbulogy / May 24, 2012

Today is Kandil


This is not to be mistaken for bagel-like Turkish simit sold in the streets. This is called kandil simidi baked and sold only on the holy evenings on the Islamic calendar. When the mosques were lit by the candles for the first time during the reign of Sultan Selim 2nd in the 16th century, these holy evenings were then called Kandil, (derived from the word candle) after which these crispy bread rings with or without sesame are named.



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