Simit or Gevrek is a circular bread with sesame, poppy or sunflower seeds, found across the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, and the Middle East. Size, crunch, chewiness, and other characteristics vary by region. The word comes from Arabic samīd (سميد) ‘white bread’ or 'fine flour’, and semolina. Simit has a long history in Istanbul where it has been produced since at least 1525. Variants became popular across the Ottoman Empire. It's generally served plain, or for breakfast with tea, fruit preserves, cheese or ayran (a yogurt drink).
Speaking of Imperial powers, was the Ottoman empire as abhorrent as Europe depicts it? Or was it mostly comparable to other empires if it's time? Also was it colonialist in nature(like, invade a nation, butcher all and plunder everything) or more like the Persian and Roman empires(like, once they are conquered they are full citizens)?