Turkish Vegan Börek

Turkish Vegan Börek

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Börek is a Turkish savory crunchy pastry, it can be filled with different fillings such as spinach or potatoes.

These version of Turkish Börek is vegan, and filled with a mix including Okara (soy pulp). Okara contains proteins, calcium, and iron. Adding Okara allows to have a more “balanced” Börek :).

I also made Spinach filling, will add the recipe soon (can’t find my notes ahah).

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Börek - spinach or potato

Turkish Börek (Vegan Potato or spinach rolls)

Aude @The Greenquest
Crispy baked Turkish Börek (Vegan Potatoe/spinach Rolls) are a delicious snack or side dish. They are quick & easy to prepare! With the addition okara, it makes a perfect balanced dish too.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Oriental
Servings 15 rolls


Turkish Börek

  • 1 package of Yufka pastry sheets / Phyllo dough * see notes
  • ¼ cup Plant-based milk + 2 tbsp oil to brush
  • Black cumin, nigella, sesame seeds... for the topping, optionnal

Potato filling

  • 1 kg Potatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • 150 mL Plant-based milk
  • 125 g Okara (Soy pulp)
  • 40 g Parsley
  • 1 tsp Apple cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • tsp Cayenne
  • Salt / pepper to taste


Potato filling

  • Wash and peel the potato. Cut it into large chunks and steam until fork tender. Reserve aside.
  • Meanwhile, cut the onion into small cubes and sautee the onion on low/medium heat during 10 minutes.
  • Mash the potato completely and add cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add the milk, olive oil, vinegar, and chopped parsley and stir. Finally, add the okara and stir one more time.

Roll Börek

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F) top and bottom heat.
  • First, carefully unfold the filo sheets. Attention, they tear apart easily (it's not a big deal if so). Use a pair of scissors to cut the dough sheets into halves.
  • Place a triangle-shaped or rectangle-shaped yufka dough on a clean surface, with the wide side facing you (in case of a triangle). Moisten the edges with a wet brush. This will help the edges to stick while rolling.
  • Add one to two tablespoons of filling two centimeters away from the wide edge, leaving 2 cm on each side then roll one time.
  • Fold the outer corners over and roll the borek tightly. Set aside and continue with the remaining yufka and filling.
  • If you want to make a spiral, oil a pie dish and put the filled dough sausage into the oiled form. Try to hold it as stable as possible, because it breaks easily. Start with the outer edge and gradually lay out the spiral until the shape is completely laid out like a snail.
  • Brush the borek with the soy milk/oil mixture and sprinkle with black cumin and sesame seeds.
  • Bake in the oven (180°C - 360°F) for about 30 minutes, until the borek has turned golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Yufka pastry : There are shapes available on the market. Some are already cut in triangles, these are perfect to roll börek as cigars. Other yufka are big rectangle shapes, I usually cut these ones in half and use them like that to rell as cigars or as a spiral.  
Keyword comfort food
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Alex Allred

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TIL what Turkish börek is and now I of course have to make this. Then Google goes and listens to me talking about a vegan version so your recipe is the first thing I see. Now I have one burning question; what form of Okara did you use? I also just learned about it today from your link and so I’m presuming powder as I’m guessing it’s probably more shelf stable but I want to get it right because these look incredible!

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