Sunday, January 13, 2013

Turkish bean salad

The Boy has decided that he wants to cook more meals entirely on his own, which I'm very happy about.

He recently got this cookbook from one of his online author friends called "A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey" by Sibel Hodge on his Kindle and has been excited to try some of the recipes. It's a beautifully written and edited book with lovely pictures for each of the recipes. There's also a great review on the book here.

So far The Boy is doing pretty well. He's managing to cook most of the things he's decided to cook on his own without consulting me too much. I'm enjoying the time off. :-)

The Boy loves beans so when he came across the recipe for a bean salad he bookmarked it to try. This one in English is simply known as "Bean Salad" though in Turkish it is known as "Baharatli Kuru Fasulye" which I also assume translates to "Bean Salad". :-)

Here's the RECIPE for the bean salad:

  • 1 can of white beans (haricot / butter beans / cannellini)
  • 1 red onion - diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 green chili - diced and fried
  • 1 small red pepper (capsicum) - diced and friend
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon tomato puree
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic - crushed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil for frying
  • Chopped coriander (for garnish)

  • Drain can of beans, then rinse and place in a bowl.
  • Fry onion, chili, garlic and pepper in olive oil until soft and add to beans.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl with the beans as well.
  • Mix all the ingredients together, garnish with chopped coriander and serve.

This recipe serves 4 people as a starter or two people as a main for dinner, though a bit on the light side.

I don't think The Boy did much different to this recipe aside from the lemon juice. He used the juice of half a lemon, which is more than 2 teaspoons worth of lemon juice, but that's okay cos we like our lemon juice. :-)

Oh, I just checked ... instead of a whole red onion, he only used half a red onion because it seemed like a lot of onion, and he used 2 green chilis instead of one because we like our chili.

There was a lot of slicing and dicing with this recipe, all into small pieces and I'm glad that it was The Boy doing it rather than me. Can't say that I'm a fan of the fine dicing work.

This recipe was delicious and certainly quite different from what we normally eat. The Boy loves beans, so this worked out well for him. It was zingy and tasty. I think next time though, we might have something else to accompany the dish since just this dish alone was not quite enough just for dinner. I think this makes a much better side dish than a main dish.

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