Wednesday, April 1, 2009

White Beans with Beef (Etli Kuru Fasülye)

The past couple of weeks have been hectic and the next few weeks are not looking good either. I apologize for those of you who wrote comments, for not publishing them in a timely manner. As always, thank you for stopping by. I am not completely back, but I wanted to post this recipe before the weather warms up.

This is one of the most popular dishes in Turkey. Traditionally, it is served with pilaf, onion or/and pickles. It tastes best in cool weather. Enjoy!

3 cups white beans
1 small onion (chopped finely)
1 1/3 lb sirloin steak or any other meat cut you prefer (cut in cubes)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp red pepper paste
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp black pepper
3 1/2 tsp salt
8 cups water

Soak beans overnight. Drain and boil in a large pot for about 40-45 minutes or until the beans are slightly soft. Depending on the type of beans and the stove you use, this time could vary; so make sure to check the softness of the beans before removing from stove.
After removing from heat, drain the beans.

In a pan, cook the beef without oil until it takes brownish color and dispose of the juices that are released. In a large pot, heat olive oil. Add the already cooked meat to the oil. Add the onions and sauté until transparent. Add the beans and stir. Dissolve the tomato paste and the red pepper paste in the 8 cups water. Pour on the beans. Add salt and pepper and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Lower the heat and cook another 10-15 minutes. Make sure the beans are soft, but not mushy prior to removing from heat. Serve hot with rice or bulgur pilaf and some warm bread.

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Anonymous said...

Merhaba Nihal.I hope all is well..?thinking about you a lot these days,and miss you!hoping all works out for you..
as for the beans they look lovely!
kenden iyi bak,cok optum! :) mia

Yosra said...

Asalamo Alikom Nahla
I like your blog , We are sharing in some plates as I'm Egyption :)

If you could please ,I need the recipe for the bread that is in the photo with fasulye (by the way,we called it the same name too)
I tasted this nice bread made by one of my turkish friends and trying to have it

Thanks for your nice food


Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Merhaba Mia, all is well, nothing to worry. Work has been really crazy. I guess it's a good thing, especially in this economic climate. Thanks for asking though; you are so sweet. By the way, I tried red rice and both my husband and I loved it. I will tell you more about it in your blog another time. Take care! Sevgiler,

Selam Yosra, thanks for your comments about my blog. Yes, I will post the bread recipe sometime; however I still need to type it up and prepare a post about Turkish bread. As soon as I get a chance, I will post it here and you can enjoy some warm Turkish bread. Thanks for stopping by. Iyi gunler!

Anonymous said...

oh im glad to hear youre well..and really happy to see you both liked the rice!wait till you hear where ive been.. :) seni daha hic gurmedim ama ozledim..nasil olur bu?? :)

Sandra said...

I'm sure white beans are delicious, but this bread in your picture looks even more tempting - is it something special, or your recipe?
Bye, and greetings from warm and sunny Croatia.

My Turkish Kitchen said...

Her Turk gibi:) ben de kuru fasulyeyi cok severim, cok guzel gorunuyor eline saglik.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

good old fasolada in greece
we just had it today!
we add celery and carrots to your basic recipe - we usually eat a vegetarian version.

lisaiscooking said...

I love white beans! How un-traditional would this dish be with chicken instead of beef?

Sapuche said...

I seem to recall having something like this when I was in Turkey, and it was wonderful. Thank you for sharing this recipe, and good luck getting through this hectic time!

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Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Mia, so sorry. I thought I had published your second comment, but somehow it missed. I realized it when I was responding to comments and didn't see yours. Whatever happened. Thanks so much. I will try to spend more time on blogging. Where have you been? Did you go to Turkey again?

Sandra, yes this bread is very common in Turkey and some bakeries specialize in it. I got the recipe from a relative who used to bake this kind of bread in a bakery. A post will be coming for this sometime in the future.

Iffet, cok tesekkurler. Kuru fasulye herzaman cok guzel oluyor, ozellikle pilav ile birlikte.

Maria, recipes with dried beans are very common throughout the Middle East. However, in Turkey, the vegetarian version of this recipe would be without meat. No vegetables are ever added to this recipe (kuru fasulye). It consists of beans only and of course meat (or chicken or Turkish sausage) if you chose to. Of course, you could add anything you like, but then it would be a different dish. Kuru fasulye is always delicious and nutritious however you make it. I wish I could make it often. I may sometime try your version of beans with vegetables. As always, thanks for sharing!

Lisa, chicken can be a great substitue for meat in this recipe. I have tried it and it tastes as good.

Sapuche, glad you enjoyed "kuru fasulye" in Turkey. It is consumed in every part of Turkey. I always enjoy sharing delicious recipes. Thanks for wishing me luck.

Vincent, thanks for your comments. I will check it out.

zerrin said...

Bu kurufasulye şahane! Pideyi suyuna bandırmadan olmaz...ellerine sağlık!

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Zerrin, tesekkur ederim. Cok haklisin, ekmegi bandirmadan tam tadini alamiyorsun.

Joie de vivre said...

This looks very yummy! thanks for the recommendation on the book the Omnivore's Dilemma. I'll have to check it out!

Selba said...

I was wondering where have you been... good to know that you are back although not completely yet :)

The food sounds delicious.

Anonymous said...

It's the first crisp cold day here in Gaziantep, Turkey and I'm making my first pot of kuru fasulye! Luckily for me, red pepper paste is a local standard and I have some in the pantry. A, nice addition I think. I use my electric kettle to boil the water to soak my beans in. Speeds up the process. I'm adding some really high quality parmak sucuk from my local butcher to my beans too. Thanks for posting and Herkez, afiyet olsun! (Everyone, may it be good for you!)

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Anonymous, thanks for the comment. Soaking the dried beans in hot water is a great idea. We'll try the next time! Sucuk in kuru fasulye does taste wonderful. Enjoy!

Laura said...

Wow this soup looks lovely. Your blog is great!

nigbear said...

My family are from Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot). and make this. We add celery and carrot and leave out the meat, or at least that's my favourite way of preparing it. Not authentic but still very nice!

Anonymous said...

I am in Istanbul now, and I was looking for recipes to make at home and I stumbled across your blog. It is wonderful! This with pilav is my favorite dish in Turkey. I also loved your Kunefe post!

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Merhaba Anonymous, thank you for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed my blog.This is also one of my favorite dishes. It's really delicious, especially during the winter!

Anonymous said...

Made this (using your recipe) for the first time ever - I added celery and a carrot - turned out just like my nene's : ) and it was soooo easy!! thank you for sharing!!!