How are you? Tayfun and I chatted about local food. He told me about one of their famous traditional dish and I want to recommend it to you.
White beans with bulgur pilaf is the traditional Turkish dish. It is to Turkish people what pasta is to Italians. If you have pickled vegetables, especially cabbage, with it, you cannot expect more.
1.5 cup dry white beans (or 2 cans northern beans)
8-10 ounces beef, cut in small cubes
1-2 tbsp pepper paste
1 onion, chopped
Red crushed pepper (optional)
(These ingredients are for 6-8 servings.)
Here is Tayfun’s mother’s recipe:
If you will use dry beans, soak them in water overnight. Oil the dutch pan, add chopped onion and sauté until lightly brown. Stir 2 tbsp pepper paste in. Add pre-soaked beans in. Pour 4 quart water and bring it to boil. Occasionally, add some water or beef stock if needed.
Meanwhile, in another pot, sauté beef cubes with 3 tbsp cooking oil. When the beef soaked all the juice and get dry, add some water and let it simmer for 1 hour or it become nice and soft. Sprinkle some salt and turn the heat off.
When the beans get tender, stir the beef to the bean pot. Pour some beef broth or hot water to be able to adjust the juice of the dish. Sprinkle some salt, red crushed pepper and black pepper to taste.
Let simmer together for 10-20 minutes.
If you are going to use cans, you need to sauté onion then add beef stews. Let it cook until tender by adding water occasionally. Stir in pepper paste and mix until combined. Rinse and drain the beans. Add that into beef pot and let simmer for a while. Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot with rice or bulgur pilaf. When Turkish people want to say something is extremely delicious, they say” You eat your fingers with it!”
Do you want to try Turkish Style Beans?
By Nicholas (Tayfun)