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Monday, August 18, 2008

Turkish Purslane Dish

(Semizotu Yemegi)

Turkish Purslane Dish
250 g Purslane, washed and drained or 100 gr rosettes
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 handful rice, washed, drained
1 large tomato, peeled, cut in small pieces
1-2 green onions, chopped
2 tbsp crushed tomatoes, canned
1 tbsp lemon juice - if you cook rosettes you should add it!

Cover and cook the olive oil, green onion, rice, tomato, crushed tomato, salt and pepper in a medium sized pot until the rice is almost done at medium heat. Add the purslane, cover and cook for 5 more minutes over medium heat. Turn the heat off and let it rest for 5 minutes.

Place the dish on a serving dish, put one dollop of plain Turkish Yogurt on top and serve.

2 servings.

* Purslane is one of my favorite vegetables and not well known in Canada. The plant has thick, small, round shaped moist leaves. The stems are especially juicy and delicious. It grows like a weed everywhere. I used to have them in my backyard, but they were smaller than they should be. Unfortunately I moved to a condo a couple years ago so I am not able to pick them up from my backyard anymore:( Recently my friend told me that she found something that looks like Purslane at a Loblaws in Toronto. It was very easy to find it on the shelf with the name of Rosettes:) They smell like roses when you chew it:D

I used Rosettes instead of Purslane to cook this dish and make salads with it. Rosettes doesn't have a sour taste like Purslane does. That's why I added 1 tbsp lemon juice while I cook Purslane Dish to give the right taste.



At 2:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

meyve ve sebze reyondanmi aliyorz:?
yemekleriniz harika!!!!!

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Hikmet,
Evet meyve ve sebzelerin basladigi yerde, kapaksiz sogutucu raflarinda bazi meyve sulari (nar..), salata soslari ve kutuda satilan salata, ispanak, herbs...ler ile birlikte:)

At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur,
a variety of Semizotu can also be found in various indian groceries - Fenugreek (in english) Or Methi (as it is known in India). it can be fresh (depending on the season) or frozen (all year round). This one looks really good and I will definitely make it. Isnt there a salad with yogurt and garlic also? I made it once, but not sure if it was the right way. Will it be possible to post a recipe for that?
Thanks a lot!

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sunaina,
Thank you for the information for purslane:) I will definitely go one of the Indian stores. Yes, one of them is with Garlic Yogurt Sauce:) I am going to post it in the future!
Take care,

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

En sevdigim yemeklerden biri. Semizotunun ingilizcesi icin cok tesekkur ederim. Heryerde arastiriyorum bulmak icin, henuz bir basari yok :(

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sunaina nin dedigi gibi Indian store lara bakabildin mi? Eger bulursan lutfen haber ver:)BU arada Rosettes leri denemeni tavsiye ederim:)

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Gulipek said...

Sevgili Binnur,

Hint bakkallarinda methi bulunuyor, dogru. Ancak benim bildigim kadariyla methinin semizotuyla bir ilgisi yok. Ne besleyici deger, ne lezzet, ne de doku acisindan benzerlige sahip. Methi demir yonunden zengin ve ince yaprakli, semizotu ise omega-3 acisindan zengin. Semizotunun sulu, gevrek sapi ve yapraklari var. Methinin tohumu, curry ve pastirma yapiminda kullanilan cemen. Ayrica poyda da vardir ki ben poyu cok severim... Poy da neymis diyenler icin:


At 11:46 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Gulipek,
Verdigin bilgiler icin cok tesekkur ederim:)Methinin tohumu curry ve pastirma cemeni icin kullaniyorsa her sey bir kenara kokusundan dolayi semizotu ile bir ilgisi yok o zaman!
Misir carsisina gittigim zaman poy alacagimdan emin olabilirsin. Zeytinyaga bandirilmis ekmek uzerine serperek yemegi denemek istiyorum:)

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can often find purslane in Mexican groceries in the U.S., where is it called verdolaga.

I just found your website. I'm looking forward to cooking some of these recipes! I spent about two months in Turkey a long time ago, and eating was a thrice-daily pleasure the whole time I was there.

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Deniz said...

I lived in Turkey for many years and loved semizotu but couldnt find it here in the UK. I have just found out its called purslane or "miners lettuce" So I bought some seeds from ebay and am now growing it in my conservatory. So heres hoping I get a good crop, will keep you updated. Deniz

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am eager to taste Semizotu. So, no adding extra water during cooking? However, the dish looks like it has some water in the picture.

At 11:05 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

No need to add extra water in it:)

At 7:18 AM, Blogger The Nomaddict said...

Hi Binnur, you say that you can substitute Purslane with Rosettes, however I do not know what this is. I have run many searches on the internet but cannot work it out. Can you tell me the word in Turkish? I live in Turkey and probably can buy it at the market? Thank you.

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is the substitute for purslane in Canada. It may not be available in Turkiye :)


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