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Friday, October 14, 2005

Chickpeas with Ground Beef

(Kıymalı Nohut)

Chickpeas with Ground Beef
1 can of chickpeas (540 ml), rinsed, drained
1 onion, finely chopped
2-3 tbsp olive oil or 1 tbsp butter
3-4 tbsp regular or medium ground beef
2 tbsp crushed tomatoes, canned
1 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
Pepper for taste

Cook the onion and ground beef in a pot. Then add the remaining ingredients and continue to cooking at medium heat with the lid half-covered for another 10-15 minutes.

Chickpeas with Ground Beef is very easy to make, and it tastes great, especially when served with Pilaf with Orzo.

* This is a vegetarian dish (don't use the ground beef).

Kiymali Nohut



At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur

I'd like to thank you for creating such a wonderful site. I am a Turkish woman from London. I have been looking for a decent Turkish cookbook published in English for ages and am extremely happy to have found your site. I'm looking forward to finally cooking the meals that I miss and know so well - and hope getting them right too!

All the best


At 5:50 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Susen,
Living outside Turkey is hard, I miss just about every thing,
especially the delicious Turkish dishes. Cooking and sharing the
dishes we love is a wonderful joy for me. I am so glad that I can help your cooking:)
I wish you the best,

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adding very little I mean like a quarter of a table spoon of biber salcasi (unless you want to feel the heat add more :) ) adds great taste as well.

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ayhan,
Thank you for the tip. Adding more heat definitely suits Chickpeas...:)

At 3:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't normally post comments but . . . I just have to.
I am an Australian married to a Palestinean and we live in Australia. I went to my local supermarket which happens to be run by Turkish people. They had a free lovely poster of foods, 30 pictures, all looking absolutely delicious. mmmm I thought, great, each day of Ramadan, what to cook. mmmm The problem was that it is entirely in Turkish!!!! My husband had the idea to check the internet.
Now my new friend Binnur, I am speechless, well not really because I have been telling everyone about your site. It's fantastic really well done, great job. God bless you and your family you are obviously a very special person. We all apreciate your efforts. I've now tried 4 dishes and I just can't wait for my next meals.
Thank you so so so much

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is a lovely comment...your words made me very very happy and I want to thank you for that:)
God bless you and your family too, my friend!

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Its been six years that i am married with a Turkish guy, i did not like to cook for him cause i did'nt know how. BUT THANKS FOR THS GREAT SITE!! I am always in the kitchen

At 12:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

This is a delicious Turkish dish and one of my favorites. I have one simple question. What is the purpose of using warm water to cook the ingredients and not cold water?

Thank you,


At 1:07 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Steph,
The meat gets harder if you add cold water, it is kind of shock treatment:)
Even without meat the dish lose its taste with the cold water.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger r said...

Love love love this site! My husband is Turkish and is always saying how much he misses his mum's cooking (she is still in turkey!) and thanks to your site I'm able to have him eat his fav foods! Last night during Iftar infront of some other Turkish friends he admitted I cook better Turkish food than he does! All thanks to your super simple easy to follow site!!
Hos Geldiniz

At 3:24 PM, Blogger r said...

I meant Teşekkürler instead hos Geldiniz..;)

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Rhiannon,
Thank you very much for the lovely comment:)
Ellerine saglik!

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

How many grams our ounces do you mean by "1 can of chickpeas"? It doesn't seem clear.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

The amount of the can is 540 ml (19 oz) :)

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Denise said...

masallah cok guzel my husband is turkish and loves your reciepes kids love to well done and thankyou for your wonderful site

At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bu yemek çok guzel.:)

At 2:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi binnur.

when we cook the ground beef and onions, do we cook them with the olive oil or do we add the olive oil later with the rest of the ingredients?

thanks you in advance.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

The regular or medium ground beef has enough fat in it so no need to cook with the oil:) Add the olive oil later with the rest of the ingredients.

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I omit the ground beef what is the cooking time?

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have the exact measurement for " 1 can of chickpeas"?

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

The cooking time is the same, 15-20 minutes:)

At 9:54 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

The exact measurement for the canned chickpeas is 540 ml:)

At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

im english married to a turkish man. tried this today! really tasty and really easy! cant wait to try more. hope he likes it wen he come home xx thanks binnur!! :)

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

He is going to love it:) Ellerine saglik! xox

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We ate this dish a lot in Turkey last summer, and I'm glad to come across the recipe here. So simple to make, and my whole family likes it. Half of us are vegetarian, so I make two batches at the same time, one with and one without meat. It's great both ways.
- Amy T.

At 4:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur, I echo the comments of everyone.I love ur site - so good, Im english , have turkish husband for 10 yrs, only now can i cook stuff he likes thanks so much


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