Siron – Baked Pastry Rolls With Yogurt

Dear Reader, I can’t promise you a very exciting intro to this post, sorry but you’ll have to bear with me till the end of this memoir which I’m about to tell you.

Last year, mid-July, we, my hubs and I, were driving back to Istanbul from Gallipoli where my in-laws reside each summer. While in the car, browsing through radio channels, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian ones… We stumbled upon one and were quite puzzled because we could swear we recognized the language, it sounded exactly like the Eastern Black Sea Region accent of Turkish. It felt like we could understand what it was saying but no, we couldn’t. Then we found out that it was the radio channel of Pontic Greeks who migrated to Greece from Black Sea Region of Turkey in the last century. There were dozens of words I could recognize in the songs besides the accent and the sound of it as a whole. “Sirona gel sirona” (come and join the siron) was one phrase upon hearing we went “hey, did you hear that?”. Yes, dear reader, Black Sea Region is where siron and Pontic Greeks come from. It is the name of both a dancing style and a manti-like dish. The song was probably talking about the dance unless the songwriter was a food-maniac like myself and took the trouble of writing a song about a dish. Oh no, even I haven’t done anything like that, yet!

I’m an epic fail when it comes to dancing, but here is the recipe to the food version of siron:

Ingredients: (feeds 3-4)

2 sheets of yufka (Turkish pastry sheets) or you can use fillo pastry instead,

2 cups of beef broth, you can make it by boiling 2.5 cups of water with 1 beef bouillon,

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 cups of plain yogurt, whipped

A pinch of salt,

50g butter

A pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

A pinch of sumac (optional)

A pinch of dried mint flakes or chopped fresh mint leaves (optional)

Once you find the ingredients, making siron is pretty easy. Homemade yufka would be even better if you are skillful and courageous enough take the challenge. The amount of the ingredients is for a 25-30cm round shallow baking tray, like you see in the picture below.

Cut each pastry sheet into halves and roll them as tightly as possible before cutting up those rolls into 1-inch discs. Place the discs into the tray, again see the picture below. Meanwhile don’t forget to prepare the broth and set aside to cool off, it needs to be at room-temperature when the discs are ready to be moistened.

Mix yogurt, garlic and salt thoroughly. Put aside.

Bake siron at 200 degrees Celsius for 25-30 minutes, till the discs brown up nicely.

Remove from the oven. Spoon all of the broth over the discs slowly.

Melt butter in a pan. Add redpepper if you like. When it’s frothy it’s ready.

Take 10-12 discs into a serving plate, top it up with yogurt sauce, pour 1 tablespoon of butter onto the dish and serve immediately with sumac and/or mint.

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8 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Nice Food but prepare makes very hard…

    • These are 2 very ceritave recipes. I enjoyed reading yor tale and history. I have seen a Greek version of this dough in the freezer section.

      • Thanks Lakshmana. Have you tried it with frozen pastry? Did it turn out nice?

  2. thank you so much for posting this — my father came from the black sea region of Maridit and my grandmother and aunt would always make this for me and while the actual ingredients and process is a little different with them (as it is with all families) I’m so glad to see it here!

  3. The Armenians of the Palu region would eat the same dish (“srom”). I wouldn’t be so quick to limit its origin to the Pontic Greeks.

    • 🙂 Hi, me neither. I just said “black sea region is where siron and pontic greeks come from” and pontic greeks have the same dance and dish. I don’t think my emphasis on the pontic tradition limits the origin of this recipe to just greeks. There is a vaste heritage Turks, Greeks, Arabs and many more peoples share on this land. That’s the whole point about this blog. Thanks for informing us about the Armenian version of “srom”. I appreciate it.

  4. Cant wait to try these! I had been wanting to visit Turkey for a long time. And we had a stop-over (due to an airline problem) in istanbul for 27 hours in december, which was kind of a gift, and it is such an incredible city that I’m dying to go back. Apart from the beauty of the place the food was so incredible… so I’m looking forward to making some of these myself until I can adventure back to Turkey. Since I live all the way down in South Africa it is a rather long trip, but I think well worth it. Thanks for posting all of these gorgeous recipes so we can experience a little of Turkey wherever we are!

    • Thanks Rachel. I have similar feelings for South Africa, I’m on a continuous search for relatively cheaper flight tickets to there. I had a lovely South African friend at university in Sydney. Where abouts are you?

      I’d appreciate it if you can give me any feedback on the recipes you try out, so that I can improve.

      I hope you can soon come back and visit Istanbul.


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