We are visiting the beautiful Turkey this month for the #Food of the World event. Turkish food happens to be one of my favorite and I’m always looking for opportunities to try new dishes. I borrowed ‘The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian‘ cookbook by Sally Butcher from the library. As the book’s name suggests it has vegetarian recipes from the Middle East and after reading through the book a couple of times, I am tempted to try almost all the recipes 🙂
This Turkish Everyday beans recipe, Fasulye Pilaki, is traditionally made with white beans like navy or cannellini or Fasulye. Pilaki refers to the method of preparation: anything that is served cold with olive oil is a Pilaki.
I thought I had a can of white beans in my pantry but unfortunately I didn’t, so I ended up using small pink beans in the recipe.
I don’t know the translation of pink in Turkish, so I’m going to stick with the Fasulye Pilaki (modified) name. My dear Turkish friend told me the name of the dish with red beans is called ‘Barbunya Pilaki’. But no matter which beans you use, this is a recipe with simple ingredients and delicious flavors. So try it with whatever beans you have in the pantry.
According to the book, this is one of the most widely enjoyed dishes in Turkey. The dish can be enjoyed hot on a cold winter day or served cold in summer. It can used as a filling for sandwiches and crepes, works as a salad and can be served with other dishes too. I served this with Turkish Bulgur Pilaf (recipe for this is coming up soon).