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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 g medium ground beef
1 medium-size carrot, peeled, cut in cubes or sliced
1 onion, sliced
2-3 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 cubanelle pepper, cut in medium size chunks
1/2 red pepper, cut in medium size chunks
2-3 green onions, chopped
60 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 or 1 1/2 cups warm water mixed with 3 tbsp canned crushed tomatoes
1 tsp crushed red pepper (red pepper flakes)
2 tbsp lemon juice

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

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

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

Makes 3-4 servings.



At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous 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:)

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg! Its exactly the style of my favourite dish( I havent tried it yet...)The picture looks beautiful, and the ingredients are perfect, its a shame I didnt know this dish before. Greets

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heloo Binnur is it karnibahar or karnabahar? A lovely meal.

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

According to the Türk Dil Kurumu it is karnabahar:)

At 6:17 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I'm looking for a recipe, that I had in the local lokanta, a while back. It was similar to this, but without meat,(I'm veggie) I think it was made with pepper salsa though? have you any ideas, what it might be? Keep up the good work Binnur, your site has been a life saver, when I've not known what to feed my "fussy" kocam. xx

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Maria,
Thank you:) There are so many veggie dishes in Turkish cuisine. You should check 'Vegetables' and 'Olive Oil Dishes' sections on my website. You will see a wide variety of vegetables:)
I am going to post 'Cauliflower in Olive Oil' recipe in beginning of the new year:)


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