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

Friday, February 02, 2007

Cauliflower Moussaka

(Karnabahar Musakka)

Cauliflower Moussaka
1 small head of Cauliflower, stems leaves peeled off, florets separated
4 cups water with salt

150 gr medium ground beef
1 medium sized carrot, cut in cubes or sliced
1 onion, sliced
2-3 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 cubanelle pepper, cut in medium sized chunks
1/2 red pepper, cut in medium sized chunks
2-3 fresh green onions, cut in medium sized chunks
60 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 or 1 1/2 cup warm water mixed with 3 tbsp crushed tomato in can
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice

Boil the florets for about 2 minutes in the water with salt in a medium sized pot. Drain and place them in a shallow cooking pan.

In the meantime, cook the ground beef with salt and pepper over medium heat in a separate pan. Stir constantly. Add 1/2 cup of the warm water mixed with crushed tomato, carrots, onion and garlic, and cook for about 5 more minutes. Pour this all over the cauliflowers with the rest of the warm water. Arrange cubanelle peppers, red peppers and fresh green onions on top. Pour olive oil all over. Cover the lid halfway and cook for about 15-20 minutes over medium heat.

Add the lemon juice and sprinkle crushed pepper at the end. Serve with fresh Turkish Bread.

Makes 3-4 servings.

Meal Ideas:
- Tarhana Soup and Sweet Butternut Squash.


At 12:19 PM, Blogger labelga said...

Very interesting. I like cauliflower, and this seems like an original way of eating it. Aagje (Labelga). Binnur, what is lokum? Maybe I discover it in your recipe database.

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Aagje,
It is a great dish with so many vegetables and very tasty:)

Lokum or Turkish Delight is a sweet, sticky and soft dessert made from
sugar and starch. To prevent stickiness it's dusted with powdered
sugar or grated coconut. It comes in small or medium sized cubes. It
may contain some nut pieces like pistachio, hazelnut... or it may be
plain with different colours and have orange, lemon or rosewater
I didn't post it yet but I will post an easy version for you:)


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