Monday, February 23, 2009

Winter Vegetable Stew (Kış Sebze Yemeği)

There are times when I crave very light vegetable dishes. This was one of those days when I had a few vegetables on hand and did not feel like cooking anything elaborative. I just wanted something light and easy. It is simple to make and very nutritious. In Turkey, many types of vegetables are mixed together to produce a nutritious and light meal. This is one of them.

½ head cauliflower (diced)
3 yellow medium zucchinis (diced)
2 small potatoes (diced)
3 carrots (diced)
3 medium tomatoes (peeled and diced)
½ cup frozen peas
1 large clove garlic (chopped finely)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp tomato paste
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 cup hot water
1 tsp salt

Heat olive oil. Sauté garlic for a minute and add potatoes, zucchinis, carrots and cauliflower. Sauté for 3-4 minutes and add tomatoes, peas, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Mix together and add the hot water. Cover and cook on medium heat until the water starts to boil. Turn the heat to low and cook for another 20 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered for 5 minutes before serving. Serve warm with rice or bulgur pilaf.

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lisaiscooking said...

This sounds perfect. I've been craving vegetables lately!

Laurie Constantino said...

It's a simple recipe, but dishes that include so many different vegetables are always packed with flavor. This looks like a good dish for busy nights when I need something quick and good.

My Turkish Kitchen said...

Yemek pisirmek icinden gelmese bile cok lezzetli yemekler yapabiliyorsun demek ki.
Bu arada, seni yeni blog listeme ekleyemiyorum ayarlarla ilgili bir sorun olabilir mi acaba?

Soma said...

Yes I could use thi ssoup now. Just sit in the couch & have bowl full of this!! delicious.

Summer said...

Delicious and so healthy!
try to add black pepper and allspice to it, makes it great tasting.
these recipes are so easy and satisfying too.

Anonymous said...

I can completely relate to those days of wanting things nice and simple,I believe not only our psyches but our bodies aswell sometimes crave simple uncomplexed nutrition..I would love to know how you prepare your rice.When I was in Turkey there seemed to have been this Mystical aura around the perfect preparation of rice!Im dying to know what it is.. :)lots of love,Mia

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Lisa, you also have very nice vegetable recipes.

Laurie, simple, nutritious and tasty, what else one can ask for?

Iffet, cok tesekkur ederim, ama sebze yemekleri zaten guzeldir, fazla caba gerektirmiyor.

Soma, and the best part is: one will not feel guilty eating it as it is contains all vegetables!

Summer, thanks. You can do so many things with this dish, it tastes great every way.

Mia, I do have a few rice recipes on my blog. My favorite one is with vermicelli or orzo pasta. Traditionally, butter is used to cook them, but I prefer using olive oil. You probably make it the same way as most Mediterranean countries prepare rice almost the same way.
Kendine cok iyi bak.

Selba said...

Oh... wow! This looks so delish and healthy!

Sapuche said...

This sounds like a perfect dish when you get a craving for veggies but want to keep things light and healthy. Simple, too, which is always a plus!