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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Mevlana Pilaf

(Mevlana (Tekke) Pilavi - Konya)

Mevlana Pilaf
1/2 cup rice, washed, drained
200 g lamb, diced
1 + 1 cup hot water
1 small onion, chopped
2 tbsp butter
7-8 roasted chestnuts, peeled
1 small carrot, cut in julienne style
1/4 cup chickpeas, canned, rinsed, drained
1 tbsp pine nuts
1 tbsp currants, washed
2 tbsp almond, blanched, sliced
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cook the lamb cubes with their own juice. Then add 1 cup of hot water. Cook at medium-low heat until a little bit of water is left and the lambs are softened.

Add the carrot, pine nuts and currants, and stir for 2 minutes. Add the chestnuts, chickpeas, rice, sugar, cinnamon, salt, pepper and 1 cup of hot water, stir. Turn the heat down to low. Cover and cook until all the water evaporates. Let the Pilaf stand for 5 minutes, then serve.

2 servings.

Meal Ideas:
- Mushroom Soup, Quince Compote and Turkish Coffee.



At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello binnur,
since i found your website, it became one of my most used favourite websites, always looking forward to new recipes you publish.
my husband is from turkey (mersin), and told me recently that my cooking has improved so much over the last few months..:) thanks to you. do you have recipes from that part of turkey? i want to surprise him even more..:) also, i wanted to ask if you are going to sell your book in uk, as i would really love to buy it..if not, does amazon ship to uk as well? thank you again... lulu

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lulu,
Thank you:) I am so glad that I can help your cooking:) Sure I am going to post some dishes from Mersin for you:)
Unfortunately my book is only available from Amazon's US site at
But I believe they will ship it to the U.K.. They already ship to Turkey, Germany and France... Sorry for the inconvenience!

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you binnur..:) do you have by any chance recipe for manti with nohut and some tomato salca? my husband said that's how they make it in mersin. i tried it once, he said it was nice .. but i made up that recipe myself, so maybe he just wanted to make me feel better..:) thank you

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

You are asking Manti filled with mashed chickpeas. Serves with yogurt and tomato sauce....mmmm:) It is delicious, I am going to post it for you in the future. I have a quite a long request list:)

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

Hi Binnur,
I was wondering if there's any way to make this dish without the chestnuts. I know it's the main part of the dish but my boyfriend doesn't really like them, although he loves Turkish food.
Could I substitute them with something else or take them out altogether? Would that defeat the purpose? :)
P.S. Great website by the way.

At 7:10 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

asalamu alaikum and ramadan kareem .This is mashaAllah. I know lots of Turks who cooks great but seems to have the problem giving you a recipe. Shukran for the service.
My questiopn is do you use a special rice like jasmine ,natural or basmati?Take care wslm

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Zerine,
Thank you:) I use Uncle Ben's Converted long grain rice in all my recipes. But I love to use Turkish rice like Baldo to make my pilaf:)

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Deniz,
As you said chestnuts is the main ingredient:) Don't change the original recipe. You can have all the chestnuts for yourself!

At 8:47 AM, Anonymous AZLINA said...

Hi Binnur,
When do we add the butter to the pilaf?


At 9:13 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Add the butter with onion.


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