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Friday, April 14, 2006

Red Pepper Paste

(Kirmizi Biber Salcasi)

Red Pepper Paste
500 gr red peppers (any kind), discard seeds and cut in half
Extra virgin olive oil
Spicy red pepper (optional)
Salt

Boil the red peppers with water for about 15-20 minutes to soften them. Leave them in a paper bag for 10 minutes so you can peel them easily. Puree them in the blender. Pour them into a pot, add salt, and simmer until all the water evaporates. Spread on a tray and leave under the sun all day. Then put in a jar, cover with some olive oil and refrigerate. You can have Red Pepper Paste with Adana Kebab, Turkish Style Pizza with Ground Beef, etc.

You should make this in the summer. I did it a bit earlier this year. When you leave the paste under the sun, its colour will darken and it will be a bit thicker.

19 Comments:

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

Cok, cok tesekurler!!!! Now, who needs to traverse the hot,
crowded streets of Istanbul to get to the Lahmacun stand or the Sosis vendor on the corner when we have you keeping our taste buds in sync with fine flavors of Turkish Cuisine.

At the moment, the only ingredient I'm short of is the "hot sun". I live way up north west coast/Us and the temperature outside is 6 degres C.

Thanks again for this recipe. I will be able to use it in many dishes.

Cheers,

Gulacti

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Gulacti,
Rica ederim, you're welcome:)
I know! It's still dark and gloomy here too:( but it doesn't matter, I already used my paste to cook Kapuska. This weekend I'll also make Lahmacun again...

Cheers,
Binnur

 
At 2:31 AM, Anonymous Nicole said...

Binnur,

The recipe says any kind of red peppers but do you mean hot red peppers or red bell peppers? This sounds wonderful!

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Nicole,
You can use red bell peppers or long red peppers. If you like hot red
pepper sauce, add some hot red pepper too.:) We have 3 kinds of sweet,
mild and hot red pepper sauces. Do whatever suits you:)

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Binnur hanim,

Biber salcasini cok sevdigimiz icin Istanbul'dan Ecuador'a tasiyorum her seferde. Sayenizde artik kendim yapacagim. Burada gunes surekli var nasil olsa :)

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Anna,
Apartmana tasindigimdan bu yana, biber salcami gunes altinda koyulastiramiyorum. Ecuador'da harika biber salcasi yapacagina eminim:)
Sevilerimle,

 
At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur,
I found some dried red peppers from Turkey. May I use these to make the paste? Do I soak them overnight and then blend and add the salt? Thanks.

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi,
You should use fresh red pepper to make the paste and you can make dolma with the dried red peppers:)

 
At 4:56 AM, Blogger tricia33jp said...

Thanks for this recipe, now i can able to make lamacun at home. oh~ so nice...
your blog become my favorite.

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Valentina said...

What a lovely recipe. Can i put the peppers in the oven as opposed to boiling them - prior to pulling the skins off?Thank you.

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Valentina,
If you like, sure you can roast them in the oven:)
Take care,

 
At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long will this last in the fridge?

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I don't know, it never stays that long in my fridge:) Pour some olive oil over the top to keep it fresh.

 
At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok when i was living in Turkey they did not keep this paste in the fridge , but in dark under the sink ? and last them 6 months longer? Also can you post recipe for the içli köfte I miss this much , and maybe step by step how to prepare .

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I've already posted it.
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.

 
At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello Binnur,
The chicken tava looks lovely and i would like to make it sometime soon but I would like to know can I easily buy a ready red pepper paste in an arabic/turkish shop (i live in london)?? If I can, is it of a good quality? As I'm sure it is not as delicious as home-made by you :)

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hello,
I think you can find Turkish red pepper paste in an Arabic/Turkish shop or Mediterranean store. It may be good or bed quality:) I know it is difficult to find good one. I use "mis - biber salcasi- Gaziantep ev usulu" which is "Mis - red pepper paste - Gaziantep home style" in English. This is the best I've ever used and you are right it totally effects the taste of the dish.

 
At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures & recipes, Binnur! We just got back from Turkiye, where our hotel had a thick red pepper paste for breakfast time. They told us it was store bought in the nearby larger city & it was called "acili". We couldn't find it in any of the small markets in our town. It was drier & more paste like than biber salcasi - but do you think it's the same thing? Have you ever heard of it? Thanks!

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi,
Thank you:) I think what you are asking is the good quality Antep home style hot (acili) red pepper paste. You can find it at the Turkish groceries. I buy Mis brand name. There is a on line Turkish grocery, here is the address, check it out:):
http://www.tulumba.com/storeItem.asp?ic=FB874458PP988

 

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