Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mixed Vegetables (Türlü)

A wonderful light summer dish ‘Türlü’ encompasses a variety of vegetables with different tastes in one dish. Other summer vegetables such as okra and zucchini also can be added. This is known and consumed in most of Turkey; perhaps under different names. Rice or bulgur pilaf is a perfect complement to Türlü. Beef or lamb cubes can also be added to the recipe. Both vegetarian and with meat versions are excellent.

5 medium eggplants
3 medium potatoes
1.5 lb green beans
1 green pepper
7 small ripe tomatoes
1 cup frozen peas
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp red pepper paste
3 tsp salt (adjust to your taste)
2 cups water
Water for pot

Prepare a large pot full of cold water with 1 tsp salt. Peel the eggplants in lengthwise stripes. The eggplants will have a peeled stripe and an unpeeled stripe. If the eggplants are thin, slice them diagonally, if they are thicker, cut in half and slice diagonally and place in the salty water. This will prevent them from turning brown.

Cut the ends of the green beans and cut them diagonally in an inch and half length. Peel the potatoes and cut in half. Cut each half in squares. Slice the green pepper. Peel and dice the tomatoes and set aside.

Heat the olive oil. Add the green beans and sauté for 7-8 minutes. Drain the water from the eggplants and add to the beans. Add the potatoes, green pepper, garlic and peas.

Dissolve the tomato sauce and the red pepper paste in the water. Add this mixture to the pot. Sprinkle salt. Taste the salt so that it is according to your taste.

Cook covered on high heat until the water in the pot starts to boil. Turn to low heat and cook for 50-60 minutes. Enjoy warm with rice or bulgur pilaf.

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Mediterranean kiwi said...

we also call our mixed vegetables tourlou when we mix them in the pot - and we do them in the oven, we call them briam

Anonymous said...

I really like this dish. As having opportunity tasting this dish, I must say that it is really very delicious.


Reeni♥ said...

This sounds great!! What a nice mix of veggies and some beef would be wonderful in it.

lisaiscooking said...

This does sound great for summer! It's a delicious mix of vegetables. I just read an interesting article in Saveur about Turkish food, and there are a couple of recipes I can't wait to try.

meeso said...

That is simple and so healthy... a great way to eat your veggies :)

Yasmeen said...

Wholesome vegetables,I also love to add some meat to make it a complete meal with couscous or freekah:)

History of Greek Food said...

I love this summer dish. In Greece turlu is a cooked or baked dish. If cooked, amaranth or trahanas can also be added. We do not serve it with bulgur or rice... For Greeks feta cheese and crusty bread are its perfect companion.

Anonymous said...

Delicious combo of summer veggies! Very nice!

Selba said...

Sounds good and healthy :)

Femin Susan said...

Hi...... I really like this dish. thanks for sharing..

Soma said...

Sounds really healthy. Great for summer.

foodcreate said...

Grand Idea! I love mixed vegetables so Healtlhy~

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Anonymous said...

Yum! Great veggie dish! Love it :)

farida said...

Nihal, this is one of my favs in Turkish cuisine. And may I say I love everything about Turkish cuisine?:) Really. Your turlu looks delicious. Ellerine saglik, arkadasim. Love your blog.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

thanks for your comment about the turkish surnames - it helped clarify my understanding of the situation

KevinRay said...

I made this dish today to use up my veggies from last week's csa box. I added okra and squash because I had them on hand. It was very good. I really enjoyed the broth it made. This was my first adventure in turkish cuisine and I am really excited to try more!

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

KevinRay, just saw your comment. What an excellent addition you had with okra and squash to this dish. I sometimes add these veggies too. Glad you enjoyed it. And it's so healthy too!