An Old Fusion Recipe: Sultan Fatih's Favorite Mutancana



750 gr of lamb meat

1 glass of red grape

15 shallots

1 tea cup peeled raw almonds

4-5 dried figs

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp butter

2 glasses of water

A pinch of flour

2 tsp sumac

2 tsp salt


How to cook

Melt the butter in a deep pot. Add the cube chopped lamb meat. Roast the meat until it releases and soaks back its water. Add the shallots to the pot and cook for a few more minutes. Sprinkle one or two pinches of flour and roast for a few more minutes. Add hot water and cook it on high degree. Add the red currant, honey, sumac and salt 5 minutes before you take the pan from fire. Finely slice the pre-boiled and peeled almonds dried figs. Roast them for a few minutes in a pan and add on the top of the plate while serving.


This is nearly 570 years old dish, enjoy it.



Mehmed The Conqueror


II. Mehmed is the seventh sultan of the Ottoman Empire. In historical sources, the name of the other sultans as Mehmed, Muhammad. It first ruled for a short period between 1444-46, and then from 1451 to its death in 1481 for 30 years. At the age of 21, Mehmed II conquered Istanbul and ended the 1,000-year-old Byzantine Empire and this event was accepted by many historians as the beginning of the New Age in the late Middle Ages.




Painting: Fausto Zonaro (1854-1929)
Fausto Zonaro Portrait of Fatih Sultan Mehmet painted on: 1910
Technical: Oil on canvas
Original Size: 99 x 75 cm
Location: Topkapı Palace Museum Collection