Beans and Rice
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Turkish
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Serves: 4 - 6
Here is one method for cooking this infamous dish. Chickpeas can be substituted for the beans.
  • 2 cups dried beans soaked overnight
  • 150g cubed lean meat
  • 50g oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 sweet pepper (sivri biber) seeded and diced
  • 1 heaped Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp hot pepper paste (optional)
  • 1 litre stock or 2 stock cubes with 1 litre water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp pul biber, red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste
  • dried oregano, dried thyme or dried mint
  1. Strain soaked beans and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Sear the meat in a little oil in a large pan or pressure cooker till browned
  3. Add the onion and pepper
  4. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes
  5. Add the tomato paste and pepper paste and stir for one minute.
  6. Pour on the stock, mix well
  7. Add sugar
  8. Add the rinsed beans and cook for 20 to 30 minutes under pressure until the beans are tender.
  9. If boiling in a normal pan this could take up to an hour depending on the freshness of the beans
  10. If the beans are still hard and the liquid is absorbed, add more water
  11. Once tender the salt can be added to taste along with some red pepper and a sprinkling of oregano, thyme or mint as desired
  12. Serve hot with rice and a glass of ayran
  13. Please note : This is meant to be a sloppy dish, eaten with a spoon
Recipe by Seasonal Cook In Turkey at