Sunday, January 30, 2011

Zucchini Stew (Zeytinyagli Kabak Yemegi)

4 zucchinis, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 big tomatoes, diced
1 onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp salt to taste
½ tsp black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup hot water
Yogurt/garlic yogurt for top (optional)

Saute onions with olive oil in a pot for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Stir in garlic and round chopped carrots. Cook about 3-4 minutes or until they change in color. Add zucchini and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Then, stir in tomatoes and cook until tomatoes get drier.
Finally, stir in salt, pepper and hot water. Bring to a boil. Then, close the lid and simmer until the vegetables get soft, stirring occasionally (for about 20-30 minutes).
Take over serving plates and serve topped with yogurt or garlic yogurt if desired.
ENJOY
*This is a vegan recipe.

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TURKCE
4 tane kabak, dogranmis
2 orta boy havuc, dogranmis
2 buyuk boy domates, dogranmis
1 tane sogan, dogranmis
3-4 dis sarimsak, kucuk dogranmis
1 yemek kasigi tuz
1 cay kasigi karabiber
1 cay bardagi zeytinyagi
2/3 su bardagi sicak su
Uzeri icin yogurt/sarimsakli yogurt (istege bagli)

Sogani kucuk kucuk dograyin ve zeytinyaginda 3-4 dakika sote edin. Sarimsak ve yarim daire seklinde dogranmis havuclari ilave edin. Pembelesene dek yaklasik 3-4 dakika orta ateste kavurun. Yarim daire yada kup seklinde dogranmis kabaklari ilave edin ve kavurmaya devam edin. Yaklasik 3-4 dakika sonra domatesi ilave edin. Domatesler suyunu cekmeye baslayana dek pisirin.
Son olarak, tuz, karabiber ve sicak suyu ilave edin. Kaynamaya baslayinca atesi kisin ve tencerenin kapagini kapatin. Ara sira karistirarak havuc ve kabaklar yumusayana dek pisirin (yaklasik 20-30 dakika).
Servis tabagina alin ve arzuya gore sade ya da yogurt/sarimsakli yogurt ile servis edin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vegetable Soup (Sebze Corbasi)

2/3 cup tomato, petite diced
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 onion, chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup leek, chopped
2 carrots, sliced round
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup lima beans
1 potato, cubed
2 cloves of garlic, minced
½ cup orzo/small pasta shells
1 Tbsp salt to taste
4 cups hot water
Dried mint for top

Place chopped onion, garlic and olive oil in a pot. Saute over medium heat and stir in tomato paste. Saute for additional 2 minutes. Then, stir in pepper, leek, lima beans, carrot and potatoes respectively. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and tomatoes. Then, stir in hot water and bring to a boil. Add orzo/small type pasta and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. Sprinkle with dried mint on top if desired.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
2/3 su bardagi domates, kucuk dogranmis
1 yemek kasigi domates salcasi
1 sogan, dogranmis
3 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
1 su bardagi pirasa, dogranmis
2 havuc, yuvarlak dogranmis
1 yesil biber, dogranmis
1 su bardagi bakla ici
1 patates, kup seklinde dogranmis
2 dis sarimsak, ezilmis
½ su bardagi arpa sehriye/kucuk midye makarna
1 yemek kasigi tuz
4 su bardagi sicak su
Uzeri icin kuru nane

Dogranmis sogani ve sarimsagi genis bir tencereye alin ve zeytinyaginda kavurun. Domates salcasini ilave edin ve iki dakika kadar daha kavurun. Sonra sirayla; biber, pirasa, bakla ici, havuc ve patatesleri ilave edin. Yaklasik 5 dakika kadar kavurun ve domates ve tuzu ilave edin. Sicak suyu ekleyin ve kaynamasini bekleyin. Kaynamaya baslayinca, arpa sehriye/kucuk midye makarnayi ilave edin. Yaklasik 20-30 dakika kadar kapagi kapali olarak kisik ateste pisirin. Sehriyeler ve sebzeler yumusayinca altini kapatin. Arzuya gore uzerine nane serperek sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Patatesli Puf Pogaca (Potato Filled Puff Pogaca)

2 cups lukewarm water
4-5 cups flour
1 Tbsp instant yeast (1 package)
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt to taste

Potato Filling:
2 large or 3 medium potatoes, boiled and smashed
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp oil (canola/ sunflower/vegetable/corn/olive)
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cumin (optional)

In a pot boil the potatoes and smash them. Meanwhile in a pan place the oil and onion, and sauté for 2-3 minutes on low-medium heat. Then add the tomato paste, salt and smashed potatoes. Cook for 5-6 minutes stirring occasionally. Finally sprinkle with pepper, cumin and cayenne pepper (optional).

Glaze:
1 egg yolk, beaten
1 tsp water
Sesame seeds for top

Place the lukewarm water, sugar and the yeast into a bowl. Stir well to dissolve the sugar and the yeast. Add salt, olive oil and flour; knead for 10 minutes, until dough becomes elastic. The more you knead the better your dough will be. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap or a clean cloth (see the picture) and let it rest for 2 hours in a warm place, till it rises up to double its volume (see the picture).
Place dough on the counter and punch to release the air. Cut the dough into 20-22 pieces. Flatten each of the pieces with your hands and place 1 Tbsp or more potato filling in the middle and close it up sticking well the ends. Grease a baking dish and place the puff pogacas over, stuck ends being down, leaving some room between each. Cover it with a clean cloth and leave it for ½-1 hours to rise in a warm place (If you have time let it rest for 2 hours).
Mix the beaten egg yolk and water in a small bowl, then brush the surface of the puff pogacas with this glaze. Finally, sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Bake for 30-40 minutes, until it becomes golden brown. Take it out of the oven and cover with a clean cloth or towel to keep them soft and warm.
ENJOY

P.S: Do not use metal container when kneading or resting the dough. Metal spoils the texture of dough.

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TURKCE
2 su bardagi ilik su
4-5 su bardagi ekmek unu
1 yemek kasigi kuru maya (1 paket)
2-3 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
1 yemek kasigi seker
1 yemek kasigi tuz

Patatesli Ic:
2-3 orta boy patates, haslanip ezilmis
1 sogan, dogranmis
1 yemek kasigi domates salcasi
2 yemek kasigi sivi yag
1 cay kasigi tuz
½ cay kasigi pul biber (istege bagli)
½ cay kasigi karabiber
½ cay kasigi kimyon (istege bagli)

Bir tencerede patatesleri haslayip, ezin. Bu sirada bir tavada sivi yag ile soganlari orta ateste 2-3 dakika boyunca kavurun. Sonra salcayi, tuzu ve patatesleri ilave edin. Karistirarak 5-6 dakika pisirin. Son olarak karabiber, pul biber ve kimyon (istege bagli) ilave edin.

Uzeri icin:
1 yumurta sarisi, cirpilmis
1 tatli kasigi su
susam

Ilik suyu ve mayayi bir kaseye alin, icine sekeri ilave edin ve sekerle maya cozunene kadar iyice karistirin. Sonra, sivi yag, un ve tuzu ilave ederek, 10 dakika hamur elastik olana dek yogurun. Hamuru ne kadar cok yogurursaniz o kadar basarili olursunuz. Uzerini seffaf film ya da temiz bir bez ile ortun (resime bakiniz) ve sicak bir ortamda, hamur iki kati kadar kabarana dek, yaklasik 2 saat bekleyin (resime bakiniz). Hamuru tezgahin uzerine alin ve havasini indirmek icin uzerinden bastirin. Hamuru 20-22 parcaya kesin. Her parcayi avucunuzda yuvarlak acin ve ortasina bir yemek kasigi ya dad aha fazla patatesli ic malzemeden koyun. Hamurun kenarlarini ortada birlestirerek kapatin.Yaglanmis fiirn tepsisine kapattiginiz kisim alta gelecek sekilde aralikli olarak dizin.
Uzerini temiz bir bez ya da seffaf film ile ortun ve hamur iki kati buyuyene kadar yaklasik ½ -1 saat bekletin (Vaktiniz varsa 2 saat bekletin). Sonra cirpilmis yumurta sarisi ve suyu karistirip firca ile pogacalarin uzerine surun. Uzerine susam serpin. Onceden isinmis 20 C (400F) firinda uzerleri kizarana dek 30-40 dakika pisirin. Firindan cikarinca, tepsinin uzerini temiz bir mutfak bezi ya da havlu ile ortup hava almasini engelleyin. Boylece, yumusakligini ve sicakligini koruyacaktir.
AFIYET OLSUN

NOT: Hamuru yogurmak ya da dinlendirmek icin metal kap kullanmayin. Metal hamurun yapisina zarar verir.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fresh Salsa (Salsa)

6 tomatoes (preferably Roma), finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapenos, roasted, skinned and chopped (optional)
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
½ red onion, finely chopped
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lime, juiced
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp salt to taste
½ tsp pepper
1-2 scallions, chopped
½ cup cilantro or parsley, finely chopped
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Place in refrigerator for up to 12 hours for flavor infusion. Then serve with any kind of chips, preferably tortilla chips.
ENJOY
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TURKCE
6 domates (tercihen Roma-erik domatesi), kucuk dogranmis
4 dis sarimsak, ezilmis
2 tane aci biber, kozlenmis, soyulmus ve dogranmis (istege bagli)
1 tane kirmizi dolma biber, kucuk dogranmis
½ kirmizi sogan, kucuk dogranmis
1-2 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
1 limonun suyu
½ tatli kasigi pul biber
½ tatli kasigi tuz
½ tatli kasigi karabiber
1-2 yesil sogan, dogranmis
½ su bardagi maydanoz/ Meksika maydanozu (silantro), ince dogranmis
Genis bir kasede butun malzemeleri karistirin. Aromasinin tam olarak yerlesmesi icin buzdolabinda 12 saate kadar bekletin. Istediginiz cesit cips ile servis yapin. (tercihen tortilla cips).
AFIYET OLSUN

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Lentil-Rice Salad (Pirincli Yesil Mercimek Salatasi)

1 cup green lentils, cooked and drained
½ cup rice, cooked and cooled
1 large onion, juvenile cut
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 big carrot, grated
2-3 green onions, chopped
½ -1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
1 lemon’s juice
1 tsp salt to taste
1 tsp black pepper
½ cup corn (optional)

Cook rice and green lentils separately and let them cool. Meanwhile, take olive oil in a skillet and sauté onions for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir in grated carrots and sauté for additional 6-8 minutes. Let cool for a while.
Finally, combine sautéed onions and carrots with cooked green lentils and rice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and mix them all.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
1 su bardagi yesil mercimek, pismis ve suyu suzulmus
½ su bardagi pirinc, pisirilmis ve sogumus
1 sogan, ince dilimlenmis,
4 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
1 buyuk boy havuc, rendelenmis
2-3 yesil sogan, dogranmis
½-1 su bardagi maydanoz, dogranmis
½ su bardagi taze nane, dogranmis
1 limonun suyu
1 tatli kasigi tuz
1 cay kasigi karabiber
½ su bardagi misir (istege bagli)

Pirinc ve yesil mercimegi ayri ayri pisirin ve sogumaya birakin. Bu sirada, zeytinyagini bir tavaya alin ve soganlari sote edin. Yaklasik 5 dakika sonra, rendelenmis havuclari ilave edin. Orta ateste 6-8 dakika kadar soteleyin. Sogumaya birakin.
Son olarak sotelediginiz sogan ve havucu, pismis pirinc ve yesil mercimegi genis bir kaba alin. Uzerine geri kalan butun malzemeleri de ilave ettikten sonra, hepsini guzelce harmanlayin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Vegetable Fritters (Sebze Mucveri)

2 zucchinis, grated
2 carrots, grated
2 potatoes, grated
2 eggs, beaten
1 onion, grated
1 ½ -2 cups flour
½ bunch of parsley, chopped
½ bunch fresh spearmint, chopped
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt to taste
1 cup canola oil for frying

Let the grated vegetables’ juice drain for a while. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and mix them all. Leave the mixture for 10-15 minutes.
Then, heat some oil in a frying pan and take 1-2 spoonfuls of mixture and give a round patty shape using the back of the spoon (try any size you like). Fry either sides and serve hot/warm. If desired serve with yogurt or garlic yogurt sauce.
ENJOY

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TURKCE

2 kabak, rendelenmis
2 havuc, rendelenmis
2 patates, rendelenmis
2 yumurta, cirpilmis
1 ½ -2 su bardagi un
1 tane sogan, rendelenmis
½ demet maydanoz, ince dogranmis
½ demet taze nane, ince dogranmis
1 cay kasigi kimyon
1 cay kasigi karabiber
1 tatli kasigi tuz
1 su bardagi kanola yagi, kizartmak icin

Rendelediginiz sebzeleri ve sogani karistirin ve suyunu suzun. Geri kalan malzemeleri ilave edin. Hepsini guzelce karistirin. Yaklasik 10-15 dakika buzdolabinda dinlendirin.
Kizartma tavasinda yeterli miktarda yagi kizdirin. Karisimdan bir-iki kasik alin ve istediginiz buyuklukte mucverler yapin. Kasigin tersiyle hafifce bastirarak sekil verin ve her iki tarafi da kizarana dek pisirin. Arzuya gore uzerine yogurt ya da sarimsakli yogurt dokebilirsiniz.
Sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Monday, January 3, 2011

21-Day Vegan Diet

For a 21-day period I decided to be vegan and try the "21-Day Vegan Diet". So I'll be sharing these vegan recipes with you for a while. Hope you'll enjoy!

TURKCE
Uc haftaligina "21-Gunluk Vegan Diyeti"ne baslamaya karar verdim. Bu sure icinde denedigim vegan tariflerini sizlerle paylasiyor olacagim. Umarim begenirsiniz!

Mosaic Cake (Mozaik Pasta)

1 lb Petit Beurre or Social thin tea biscuits 10 tbsp brown/white sugar 7-8 tbsp butter/margarine, melted ½ cup milk ½ cup walnuts/peca...