Dry beans is probably one of the most common comfort food of Turkish cuisine. In Turkish it’s called “kuru fasulye”. It’s really easy to make as well. Couple things to remember before you start cooking Turkish style dry beans.
First is that you also want to have some rice to go with it. You can’t really have dry beans without rice (pilav) in Turkey. In fact, the meal is also known as “kuru fasulye pilav”.
Second is you have to remember to soak them in water 24 hours in advance. This helps dissolve those oligosaccharides that don’t get digested until it reaches large intestines – thus the bad smell. But more importantly soaking beans in water greatly reduces cook time.
- 2 cups of dry beans (pre-soaked)
- 1 lbs diced beef
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 onion
- 1 pepper
- Some carrots
- Tomato or pepper paste
- Crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper, cooking oil, etc…
- Soak the beans 24 hours in advance in plenty of water
- Cook some rice
- Dice onions, peppers, and carrots
- Shred those tomatoes – we don’t want the skin
- If the beef came in big chunks also dice them smaller too
Pour out the water you soaked the beans in. Rinse it with fresh water, then add lots of water in a large pot. You might as well add the carrots at this point. Let it boil while you prepare other things.
Add some cooking oil in large pan and now add the meat and the onions. This probably a good time to add some ground pepper too. Saute onions with meat.
Now add the peppers and the shredded tomatoes.
And then add the pepper paste. Mix it in well. Crushed red pepper, or flakes! Mix some of that too.
Now it’s ready to mix it in with the large pot where the beans and carrots have been boiling. Cook until the beans are soft enough to your liking. Maybe 30-45 minutes.
And it should look like this in the end.
That’s all. Serve on top of rice, with French bread on the side.