Friday, August 12, 2016

Barlotti Beans / Barbunya

A Traditional Turkish Dish

When summer arrives in Istanbul the street markets are filled with barlotti beans/ roman beans or if you call them cranberry beans.It is cooked with onions,garlic,tomato paste, diced carrots and potatoes are added and cooked slowly. A good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on top with chopped parsley.Voilà

It can be served as a side dish or can be eaten as a main course,with pilaf and salad.

Ingredients :

1kg Barlotti Beans 
1 large onion cubed 
2 cloves of garlic 
1 small carrot diced 
1 small potato diced 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 bayleaf 
1 lemon 
2-3 chili pepper (optional) 
2,5cups water

  1. Peel the beans. 
  2. Add olive oil heat then add onions,add salt and sweat until soft. 
  3. Add chilli pepper,diced carrots and potatoes and garlic. Saute for a few minutes. 
  4. Add sugar,tomato paste and beans and cook for 1-2 minutes while stirring. 
  5. Add bay leaf ,black pepper and add water. Simmer for half an hour until beans soften . 
  6. Place on a serving plate , drizzle extra virgin oil on top, add chopped parsley and serve with a lemon wedge...

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