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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lamb with Vegetable Stew

(Sebzeli Kuzu Yahni)

Lamb with Vegetable Stew
500 gr lamb, cut in cubes
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/2 + 1/2 cup hot water
1-2 garlic cloves, mashed with salt
3-4 medium sized white potatoes, peeled, cut in medium sized chunks
12-14 pearl onions
14-15 baby carrots
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp oregano
1 Bay leaf
2 tbsp parsley, chopped

Lightly fry the lamb cubes with butter and olive oil in a medium sized pot over medium heat. Stir occasionally. Sprinkle the flour all over the lamb, toss and stir until they absorb the flour. Add 1 1/2 cups hot water, garlic, oregano, Bay leaf, salt and pepper. Close the lid. Cook until the lamb is tender for about 30-40 minutes on low-medium heat.

Add the potatoes, onions, carrots, tomato paste and 1/2 cup hot water. Cover the lid and cook until all the vegetables are softened for about 20-25 more minutes. Discard the Bay leaf. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Sprinkle some parsley over the top before serving the dish.

2 servings.



At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bunnur,

Just thought id ask a question to see what you think...

A lot of Turkish recipes involve adding tomato paste... such as this recipe, kuru fasulye, yesil fasulye, etc etc... ie anything with a sauce... on your recipes you always instruct to mix the tomato paste into the dish...

I follow your recipes and am very pleased with the results and so was my husband until one day he had a discussion about it with his mum and she insits im doing it all wrong as i should be cooking the tomato paste 'salca' in a separate pot in olive oil... then adding it into the other ingredients. (this isnt about this recipe its about any dish!)

Ive never seen this being done on your recipies, and was wondering if maybe its just another style of cooking, perhaps its the village way of doing it...

Since this conversation my husband had with his mum my husband always suspcts i havent followed her instructions and am 'copying' your recipies instead.... ohh men!! I really wish i could make him cook instead for a change :)

Personally i really dont feel it would make much of a difference to taste however it may make the sauce colour a deeper red... what do you think?

Carol x

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Carol:)
Yes, you are right it wouldn't make much of a difference. It is just the way your mother-in law learned to cook from her mother.
The colour of the tomato paste is all about the quality. I cook for my daughter who lives in Seattle, the colour of the dishes is always dull because of the paste. The taste or colour cannot be the same even when you use the right ingredients. I can easily find the Turkish or Italian paste in Toronto so my dishes have a great colour:)
The taste of the dishes will be absolutely better if you could cook in Turkey with all the Turkish ingredients like vegetables, lamb beef, tomato paste etc..
The place you cook is your kitchen so every husband should accept that their wives will cook in their own way. And, they have to learn that they should never ever criticize their wives' cooking:) We will always love our and their mothers' cooking, but ours is the best, that's what I think:)
Enjoy your cooking:)

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Binnur i really appreciate your reply.
I've not seen any recipies using such a cooking style so its quite frustrating. Im glad to learn about the colouring being from the quality of the paste...I was given salca from our teyze who made it herself in the village, they say it will last a long time but im not so convinced and im sure this is the reason my colour isnt so rich anymore, plus he wants a lovely bright red, the salca is very deep red!!. I always add in some tomato paste from the local supermarket for a brighter red colour and i find that if i add in some sieved tomatoes - pasaata - then that keeps hubby happy in thinking ive cooked the 'correct way'.
You are really correct in what you say that husbands need to accept their wives own way of cooking, he never used to be like this until recently.. we have been in the Uk now for over 3 years so he is starting to miss Turkish foods as you say, you cant beat cooking with Turkish ingredients fresh in Turkey. Anyway i try my best and shall continue to do so, with the help of your delicious recipies :)

Hersey icin cok Tesekkur ederim

Carol xx

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Don't worry Carol:) I am absolutely sure that he appreciates your cooking. He's just feeling a little homesick.
Ben tesekkur ederim, I wish you two the best:)

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur would this dish be ok if i replaced the lamb for diced beef

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sure, you can:)


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