Thursday, January 29, 2009

White Beans with Meat (Etli Kuru Fasulye)

White Beans with Meat is a very traditional and common dish in Turkey, especially when it is served with pilaf and pickles. Turkish people just love this dish.

2 cups white/butter beans
½ lb beef/lamb meat, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 dried red pepper/green pepper, chopped
½ tsp baking soda (optional)
¼ tsp chili red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tbsp salt to taste
1 cup hot water

Wash white beans, place them in a pot and cover with water (approximately 1 inch above the beans). Leave them in water overnight or for at least 12 hours. The next day, cook them with the same water till beans get soft over low heat. You could add baking soda to have softer beans quicker. When they are soft, add ½ tbsp of salt.
In another pot, sauté chopped meat with oil till they are brown. Then add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Stir in peppers and tomato paste. Add one cup of hot water and the remaining salt, and then simmer till the meat is soft. Transfer the cooked white beans into the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes over low heat.
Serve White Beans with Meat, with pilaf or over pilaf. Also cacik and pickled vegetables are good to go with this recipe.
P.S: You can also use 2 cans of white beans and skip the instructions given in the first paragraph, but it may not be as delicious as the one with dried beans.

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Kuru fasulye Turkiye’ nin geleneksel yemeklerinden biridir. Ozellikle pilav ve tursu ile servis yapildiginda genelde butun Turklerin sevdigi bir yemektir.

2 su bardagi kuru fasulye
250 gr dana/koyun eti, dogranmis
2 sogan, dogranmis
2 yemek kasigi sivi yag
1 yemek kasigi domates salcasi
1 kurutulmus kirmizi biber/yesil biber, dogranmis
1 cay kasigi karbonat (istege bagli)
½ cay kasigi kirmizi pul biber (istege bagli)
1 yemek kasigi tuz
1 su bardagi sicak su

Aksamdan kuru fasulyeyi yikayin ve bir tencereye koyup uzerini 2-3 parmak kaplayacak kadar su ile doldurun. En az 12 saat bekletin. Sonra ayni su ile kuru fasulyeler yumusayana dek pisirin. Isterseniz 1 cay kasigi karbonat ilave edip fasulyelerin daha kisa surede yumusamasini saglayabilirsiniz. Pismeye yakin ½ yemek kasigi tuz ilave edin.
Diger bir tencerede once etleri yag ile kavurun ve sogani ilave edin. Sonra salcayi ve biberleri ilave edip kavurun. Bir bardak sicak su ve geri kalan tuzu ilave edin ve etler yumusayana dek pisirin. Sonra pisirdiginiz kuru fasulyeleri etlerin bulundugu tencereye ilave edin ve hafif ateste 10 dakika kadar pisirin.
Etli Kuru Fasulyeyi pilav ile ya da pilav ustu servis yapin. Yaninda cacik ya da tursu ile guzel olur.
NOT: Bu tarifi 2 kutu konserve kuru fasulye ile ilk paragraftaki uygulamalari atlayarak da yapabilirsiniz, fakat konserve ile yapinca aradiginiz lezzeti bulamayabilirsiniz.

Ana Sayfaya Don


Anonymous said...

This has got to be one of the best meals ever to come out of Turkey along with Etli Nohut.

Unknown said...

The beans cannot be cooked in the same water they have soaked in... They must be drained and thoroughly washed before cooking... The beans release toxins which can poison you or cause severe stomach upset and sickness therefore must be drained and washed before cooking...