Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Turkish Vegetable Recipes

26/04/10: Brussels Sprout (Bruksel Lahanasi).
14/02/10: Spinach with Potato (Ispanakli Patates).
06/01/10: Swiss Card Stems with Yogurt Sauce (Yoğurtlu Pazı Sapı).
02/09/09: Mushroom on the Clay Tile (Kiremitte Mantar).
24/05/09: Stuffed Tomato with Eggplant (Patlicanli Domates Dolmasi).
07/01/09: Leek with Eggs (Pirasa Kavurma).
18/08/08: Turkish Purslane Dish (Semizotu Yemegi).
19/07/08: Green Beans with Walnuts (Malohta).
02/05/08: Red Pepper Dish (Kirmizi Biber Yemegi).
02/04/08: Kumpir.
21/09/07: Spinach Saute.
26/05/07: Green Beans with Eggs (Taze Fasulye Kavurmasi).
28/04/07: Tomatoes with Feta Cheese in the Oven (Firinda Peynirli Domates).
06/11/06: Green Lentil Dish (Yesil Mercimek Yemegi).
25/05/06: Eggplant Dish with Chickpeas (Nohutlu Ic Patlican Yemegi).
12/02/06: Spinach with Rice (Pirincli Ispanak).
11/02/06: Tirit.
22/10/05: Black-eyed Peas (Borulce).
11/09/05: Dible.
07/08/05: Green Pepper & Potato Dish (Biber Asi).


At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your site and my mouth is watering. I spent 5 weeks in Turkey and fell in love with not only the country/people but with the food. I have been craving some lentil soup and was happy to find what I hope is a great recipe.

Another dish that I loved was something called casserole...which was eggplant and tomato and I am not sure what else. It was a vegetarian dish that had such great flavor.

At 11:17 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I'm glad that you liked Turkish food. This Red Lentil Soup is very
yummy:) And the other recipe you are asking about is Imam Bayildi
(Eggplant with Veggie Filling) which contains eggplant, tomato, onion
and garlic..I have already posted it, here is the address;

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too just found your site. I was in Turkiye last year and fell in love w/ the people and the food as well as the history and culture. And we think that we have a long history of 200 years here in the U.S. Ah well, I digress. A number of the dishes I ran across in Turkiye enthralled me. One was the pureed eggplant served rather like mashed potatoes. Superb! Would that be Hunkar Begendi, I didn't get the name for it while there. Another was the cream cheese consistency thick goat yoghurt. I had to leave or I'd not have been able to fit into ANY of my clothes including my shoes. The tomatoes in Ankara were magnificent, and the curries and stews were wonderful. Do you have a recipe that you could share for the eggplant as well as the yughurt? Great Job on your site. Thanx, Lee

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lee,
I am glad that you have good memories about my country which makes me proud:) I just came back from Istanbul and I almost didn't fit in my pants either:)

I already posted Hunkar Begendi, here is the address:

As for the other recipe, I am not sure which one you are asking. We
have many varieties of appetizers with cheese. But I posted Haydari
with cheese,
Here is the address;

Also search for 'eggplant' in the search box on the right (scroll a
bit), that will give you more eggplant recipes as I've posted several.

I will post more appetizers in few weeks for Christmas...

I hope this helps:)

At 7:46 AM, Blogger emine said...

do you any recipes that include brocolli

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I will have post some broccoli dishes but they will be in the
International recipes section:)

At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your food blog--I love Turkish food

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

Hi i'm an English girl who has a Turkish boyfriend. He has lived in England for five years but says he hates English food. All he ever eats is either food from his kebab shop, or home-cooked meals made by his Turkish family members.
I would love to cook something Turkish for him as he worked in restaurants in Istanbul before he came to England and he loves Turkish food, but I just don't know what to do.
I don't really know what he likes, and all I have eaten is something with avacardo and mince that a family member cooked. Where do I start? What do I make? Where do I buy Turkish ingrediants from as sometimes I feel rude as all I can offer him is english food which he always rejects! Please help!!! Thanks xxx

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sarah,
I suggest you cook soup to begin with, like Red Lentil Soup or Yogurt

Soup. I am sure you can find all the ingredients at your local market.

Then check the Lamb & Beef section. I think Tenderloin in the Oven
would be easy to find the ingredients and cook:) For dessert choose
something from the Dairy Desserts section (you can usually cook those
one day before). They are all easy to prepare:) One more thing, make
Carrot Salad, it is very simple and very tasty....don't forget bread or pide, we don't eat food without bread:)
Take care...

At 3:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur!
I just love Your site. It is very simple and beatiful to look at and You describe everything very detailed.My husband is turkish and loves the food, so do I but I am swedish. It is a bid difference between swedish and turkish food so it is a big help when I want to make something specially for him. Do You know a dish called kuru fasulye? I loved it in Turkey and seems simple to make.I want to thank You very much for the site and Your effort to make it.

Love Susanne in Sweden

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Susanne,
Thank you very much for the nice comments:) Kuru Fasulye is a
favourite among Turks, we really love it. If you like kuru fasulye
more mushy, then cook it a little bit more, this is the way I like
Here it is, under the English name of Kidney Beans with Lamb:
Hope you enjoy it :)

At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Joy said...

Hi Binnur,

My name is Joy. I've written to you; I'm married to a Turkish man serarching for the raw meatballs recipe. Do you happen to have a recipe for stuffed cabbage and white beans? Please post if you have a chance. Thank you!

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Joy,
I just saw your mail and responded :) I don't know which dish you are
asking about with kidney beans (kuru fasulye) but I already posted the very much loved one, here is the address:
If you check the Turkish part of my site you can find the dishes under
their Turkish names which might help you:)

At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,
Your site is really great. I really like begendi but don't know how to make it. Do you happen to have a recipe for it?
Thanks, Lilian

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lilian,
Thank you. I already posted Hunkar Begendi, here is the address;

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Helen said...

Hi Binnur, great site. Biber Asi is one of my favourite all-time recipes. Quick, easy, delicious hot or cold dressed up with a little olive oil. Yum!

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Helen,
Biber Asi is one of my grandma's recipes which we love..I'm glad you
like it too:)

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur..

I was wondering if you could please post the recipe for kizartma and tatli...they also have a borek...its patates and it is long but its not sigara..i dont know how to explain it. There is so many foods i could ask you about...i could be sitting here all night asking. Thankyou for your website
Allah iyilik versin

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sam,
I've already posted some Kizartma recipes; here are the addresses;
Tatli means Desserts and I've collect them in two sections which are Dessert Recipes
and Dairy Desserts. Which tatli do you want me to post:)
There is so many versions for Borek with Potato, I'll also post them for you soon:)

At 1:07 PM, Blogger MarriedYoung said...

Merhaba Binnur,
My husband had Turlu at one of the New York restaurants and wants me to make it at home. I searched online but none of the recipes are authored by Turks. Would you be so kind as to post your rendering of Turlu? I trust your recipe will be the best :)
Ellerine Saglik

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Ayse,
Thank you:) I've already post Turlu recipe which is Lamb & Beef section, here is the addresses:
He may also like Kuzu Etli Guvec too,

At 6:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found your site. Fantastic! I just came back from Turkey and travelled all over. Fantastic place, great people and delicious food. I only ate Turkish food when i was there and have never felt so healthy! So I was searching for recipes so I could keep up the good work, and here I am. So - thank you! - ALex

At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur
I've been to Turkey several times and loved the people and the country, but loved the food even more! Have you a potato recipe in a sort of spicy curry sauce? The potatoes were cut like chips and were very tasty, not too hot.
Also, I had mussels stuffed (I think) with tomato cous-cous-recipe?
Many thanks

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jen,
As you know, there are so many varieties in Turkish cuisine :) I am going to post more recipes in the future. On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box. So you can search on my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to find any recipe that I posted.
Take care,

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Sidse said...

Hi Binnur

Thanks for at really good site. I am Danish, married with a Turk, and am hence learning to cook "Turkish style" from scratch.. but you really make it worth while :-)

I wonder if you have a good recipe for Kuru Fasülye? My husband wants one without meat, and which is a bit like soup. I don't know if it is a local dish? He is from Adana - if that helps :-)

I hope you find the time to respond!

Best regards,


At 9:37 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sidse,
Thank you:) I've already posted the Kuru Fasulye recipe, here is the address;
Just don't add the lamb in it. You can always add hot water while you cook the dish. Don't put too much water at the beginning, add while it is cooking. This way it will be more delicious.
On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box. So you can search on my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to find any recipe that I post.
Take care,

At 7:34 PM, Blogger kuttani said...

I just got into your beautiful blog. your recipe is amazing . i'll definitely try ur you have recipe for Melike Ruyasi.I'm from Srilanka & i've seen a picture of it without recipe. Thanks.

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) Melike Ruyasi should be the new recipe or the old one with the new version and the new name:) You can ask the owner of the site with the picture for the recipe:)

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur,

My partners mother makes a soup with Hellim in, and I think with rice or lentils. I can not find a recipe anywhere, and was wondering if you would know what it was.

Tesekkur ederim.

At 11:36 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I think it is her specialty:) I am sure she would be happy to share her recipe with you if you ask her to cook together:)

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Lynne said...

Hi Binnur,
I love your website and can't wait to try some real Turkish food again. It's 3 years since my husband & I last went to Turkey, too long! Do you have any recipes with okra or ladies' fingers - is bamiye the correct word? We used to like a dish with lamb & okra, plus other vegetable dishes. Thankyou

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lynne,
Thank you:) You are asking for Okra with Lamb (Etli Bamya). I haven't post it yet but I posted Okra with Chicken. Here it is
As you know, here are so many dishes with the vegetables in Turkish cuisine:) You may find them under the Lamb & Beef or Chicken Recipes sections. I try to post one or two recipes each week so there are so many more on the way:)

At 5:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Can you please tell me how to make zucchini balls? They taste sooooo good.

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Tamie,
I've already posted it which is in Appetizers section:) here is the address;

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Hannah said...

Hi Binnur,
I have just found your website and I am truly excited about trying out some of these amazing recipes. I am from New Zealand and have recently moved to a smaller town that doesn't have any decent Turkish restaurants!! I dearly miss my weekly kebab that I used to have in Wellington city, and am wondering if you have a recipe for Mujvar please? The ones that i have had have courgette and carrot in them and are very yummy! I would love to share something like this with my family.
Thank you so very much for these wonderful recipes!

At 6:41 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Hannah,
Thank you:) I've already posted Zucchini Pate (Mucver) recipe which is in Appetizers section, here is the address;
On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box.
So you can search on my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to
find any recipe that I post.
Take care,

At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just returned from sunny Kalkan and can't get a particular dish out of my head. I was served it whilst on a boat...It was large green chilli peppers, possibly fried or baked a little, served in a creamy/yogurt and garlic sauce. Any ideas as to what this dish is called and how it is prepared? Thank you, Sarah

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is called Yogurtlu Biber (Sivri Biber=large green chilli peppers) Kizartmasi. I can't find Sivri Biber here:) But I use Cubenelle Peppers instead of Sivri Biber. I am going to post it in the future.

At 5:48 PM, Anonymous cindy said...

Hello,i found your site while browzing for lentil soup.My soon to be husband is from turkey,and I was there last year for a week.Im also hunting recipes to make him when he gets here.My favorite dish there was fish(delicious).He seemed to like this dish that looked like stew with sausage and melted cheese on top.Have you heard of it or know the name?Thanks

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Cindy:)
There are many fish that can be steamed. I would need more information to help you:):) But you can have a look at this;
Sea bass poached in Parchment Paper, here is the address;
Take care,

At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur! all i have to say is WOW i absolutely love your recipes their simple to make and very delicious!! thanks for posting them online for everybody. im deff buying your cookbook. =D

Ciao, Juliana.

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur

I have cooked a whole load of your recipes for my Turkish husband now living in the UK. He thinks I am very clever and have only let on just a little bit of your existence. (Sorry)

He tells me about a recipe involving red cabbage which is quite spicy, the name of it I do not know. Any ideas?

Thank you so much


At 10:52 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Pamela ,
I am glad that I can help with your cooking even without my existence:))) What you ask for is not familiar, sorry:)

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur,
I've been trying to find a receipe for Turlu. I have eaten it at a restaurant here in the UK and loved it. I know it comprises aubergines, potatoes and peppers (?) in a sort of tomato sauce and would like to try my hand at it myself - any suggestions gratefully received,


At 2:58 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Richard,
I've already posted the Turlu "Mixed Vegetables with Beef" which is under the Lamb & Beef section.

On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box. So you can search on my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to find any recipe that I have posted.
Take care,

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am looking for a recipe for Bamya...I cannot fully recall what goes in I put tomato paste in it or do I put fresh tomatoes?

Thank you for your help

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I've already posted Okra with Chicken (Tavuklu Bamya) under the Chicken section. I am going to post bamya recipes in the future. Here is the address;
On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box. So you can search on my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to find any recipe that I have posted.
Take care,

At 4:34 AM, Anonymous Jenny ( Singapore ) said...

Hi Binnur,

Thank you so much for keeping this site up. Your recipes has been so easy to follow and the variety has been great.
My hubby from is from Van and he posed a challange to me to cook a soup called 'Ayran Asi'. I've researched the net and all I've come up with are recipes in Turkish. Can you help?

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jenny,
Another name for this dish is Yogurt Soup. But it is slightly different. Ayran Asi is made and known by this name in the east region of Anatolia. It is made from barley or chickpeas while Yogurt Soup is made with rice. Some regions also add mini size koftes in it. At the end add some chopped fresh dill or dry mint.

At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My father used to cook a vegetable which was similar to a potatoe called boulaise (not sure if spelling is correct) I saw somw in a shop the other day and bought some but need to know how to cook them. I think he used to put them in a saucepan with a little oil and salt and then just heat then up ?

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

I need more information about what you are asking for. I couldn't read the name of the dish that you wrote:)

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Simone said...

Hi. I am in desperate need of a couple of recipes. My family and I visited Lara, Turkey for vacation a few weeks ago. We had two dishes that were outstanding, and I want to cook again at home. I hope you can help me.

1. There was an appetizer that was served with boiled bread and little trays of different things from humus to goat cheese and tomato sauces. I even bought the ceramic plate and little bowls to recreate it at home. I would love to know what to do there.

2. I had a delicious meal with pureed eggplant topped with lamb squares in this awesome sauce.

Could you please, please, please tell me how to make that?

Oh, and there was lamb in a yogurt sauce with little chunks of that bread in it.

Would love to hear from you.


At 6:04 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Simone,
There is so many variety in Turkish cuisine. Every region has its own special dishes. So it is so hard to tell you what they are
with the little information. I wish you could tell me their name.
I can only guess the second one which can be Hunkar Begendi (Sultan's Pleasure). But there is no sauce in it. It could be the juice of the lamb cubes cooked in it. I've already posted the recipe under the Lamb & Beef section. Here is the address;
Take care,

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

binnur. I love your web site. could you post a cauliflower dish which is baked in a yogurt sauce?

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friend used to make me a cauliflower dish which was baked in an oven with a yogurt/egg/oil sauce. can you publish a similar recipe?

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

... and, Mozzarella cheese:) Sure, I am going to post it in the future.

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Lis said...

Last week, I had a very delicious dish at the Tas restaurant in London (Bloomsbury). It was called Ispanakli Patates (Spinach with Potatoes) - it seemed to be spinach (stewed or sauteed, with onions and tomatoes?) with boiled baby potatoes, and served with yoghurt. It was very fresh and delicious and I wish I could find a recipe!
-- Lis

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy that I found this sight. I was in Adana for two years and fell in love with the food there. The Moonlight resturant and Easy's were my two favorites, and the beef Borek was AMAZING. Now I can actually make it at home!!! I was wondering if you by any chance had a recipe for the ufka (I don't know if I spelled it right). A Turkish lady I knew used that to make some things. Thank you for this sight it is extremely helpful!!!

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Here is the Yufka recipe;
2 cups milk
750 gr all purpose flour
Mix and knead them all.
I am not sure whether you know the size of Turkish yufka. We use 3 Turkish yufkas to make a regular size Borek.

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Mina said...

Merhaba Binnur,

I lived 5 years in Turkey (4 in Istanbul) in my early teens and still love the food.
I can still remember the zucchini in tomato sauce but don't remember the ingredients. Pls help me out.
Teshekur ederim


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