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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Flat Beans in Olive Oil

(Zeytinyagli Yesil Fasulye)

Flat Beans in Olive Oil
500 g flat beans, wash, trim both ends
50 ml extra virgin olive oil (half for cooking, half for after cooking)
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tbsp sugar
2 tomatoes, peeled, diced
1 tbsp canned crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups warm water

Saute the onion and olive oil for 3-4 minutes in a medium size pot. Add the beans, tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, garlic, sugar and salt. Pour in 1 cup of water. Leave the lid half open and cook for 35-40 minutes or until they are tender, and add another half cup of warm water midway through. If needed, you can add more warm water later.

Let it cool down in the pot. Then, place on a serving platter. Pour the rest of the olive oil. Keep it in the fridge. Serve Flat Beans in Olive Oil chilled or at room temperature.

* This is a vegetarian dish.



At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this dish! Best ever!

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Ferda said...

I agree! I just made this last night. 2 thumbs up from me :)

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When i was visiting Turkey, we ate this meal as our main course, and it was served hot. Very Delicious!

Do you have any more recepies for vegetable dishes?

Thanks for your great website!

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

We don't serve this dish warm or as a main dish:) I think you probably had Flat Beans with Lamb:

I have been posting many vegetable dishes, check out the Olive Oil
Dishes and the Vegetables sections:)

At 7:38 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Merhaba Binnur

Thankyou for your wonderful recipes. I recently married a wonderful Turkish (cerkez actually) man and have had so much trouble cookıng turkısh food for hım. I love your recipes because ı am able to follow the steps and so far everythıng ı have cooked from your sıte has turned out wonderful. He loves my cookıng now :)but ı have a long way to go and need lots of practıce. çok teşekur ederim.


At 10:12 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Joanne,
Thank you:) I am glad that I am able to help your cooking for your husband. Don't worry, you will be a great cook. You just need a lot of practice to become a good cook:)

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Binnur,
Just a clarification for the poster who said that they ate this dish as a main dish and hot... I am from Izmir, my family is originally from the Balkans (Selanik and Uskup) and we indeed serve this dish as a main course and hot. All olive oil dishes other than piyaz or salads are served hot on my mom's side of the family, and, I imagine, in other Balkan families like mine perhaps. So that's what the poster may have been referring to. I got used to eating cold olive oil dishes only when I was away from my family in college :-) Love your website, especially because the measurements and ingredients are already North America-adjusted! With love from Boston,

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Gul,
Thank you for the information:)
With love from Toronto:)

At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just made this recipe with green beans (same as flat beans?) and it took 1.5-2 h to cook. The burner was on medium. That seems like a long time for just 4 servings of food. Green beans are what I am usually able to find here (US) and zeytinyagli fasulye is a dish I love. Any suggestions? Thanks,Zeyneb

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Zeyneb,
The green beans and the flat beans are not the same:( I think you may find the flat beans at the farmers market.

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

Thank you for this awesome website. I could only find snap peas and they really look like flat beans, even i realized they were peas(bezelye) but not beans(fasulye) when i came home while trying to find a recipe with north american units. Do you think, by following the same recipe i will able to cook a Turkish zeytinyagli fasulye?


At 4:29 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sorry, but you can't:)

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous nazarboncuk said...

oh my favourite turkish food. i love it!!! :)

At 6:53 AM, Blogger Ayesha said...

I send my husband to get green beans and he *always* gets flat beans. After 2 years I stopped arguing with him. Occasionally he complains "Your green beans don't taste like my sisters." I just give him a look and he rolls his eyes and says "Noooo, they are the SAME beans she's NOT using anything different."
Anyway, point is, I serve these hot as a main dish too =>

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

Merhaba Binnur!
I love your site. Thank you so much for it.
I had such trouble when I lived in northern US finding these beans. I now live in the south and they have plentiful "pole beans" here. Finally! I can make this dish whenever I like!

Thanks again for the wonderful site!

At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur,

Do you peel the tomatoes before dicing them or cook them with the skin?



At 2:27 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Angie,
The tomatoes should be peeled and diced:)
Take care,

At 7:25 AM, Blogger Gumus said...

hi Binur,
I live in South East Asia, newly married to my Turkish husband 4 months ago after 3 years knowing each other. I want to thank you a lot for your blog and recipes, it makes my marriage goes so well, and I really love Turkish food in term of taste, nutrition and presentation. Turkish ladies are really kind, lovely and very warm heart people, especially my mother in law :) God blesses you.

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Gumus,

Thank you:) I am glad that I can help with your Turkish cooking:)

I just want to say that, your mother-in-law loves her son very much, so she also loves you cause her son loves you and you both make each other happy:) What else would a mother ask!

Wish you the best!

At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use a pressure cooker and it doesn't take very long to get the beans nice and tender


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