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Monday, February 17, 2014

Turkey with Lentils, Chickpeas and Wheat

(Keledoş – Kelecoş - East Anatolia)

Turkey with Lentils Chickpeas and Wheat
1/2 cup turkey, chicken or lamb, in cubes
1 tbsp butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup green lentils, soaked in water overnight, rinsed
1/4 cup crack wheat
1/4 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed
3 cups warm water
100 g. Heliz or spitang herbs* (boiled in water, drained) or chard, finely chopped
1/2 grated kurut** or creamy yogurt

Tomato paste onion saute:
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp tomato paste

Mint-Red Pepper Butter:
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp mint
1 tsp paprika or red pepper flakes

Saute the onion with butter for 1-2 minutes. Add the turkey meat and saute for 2-3 minutes while stirring. Then add the lentils, chickpeas, crack wheat, warm water, salt and pepper. After 4-5 minutes add the kale into the pot. Cover and cook until the food reaches the desired consistency. Turn the heat down to low. Slowly add the kurut or strained yogurt, stir. Simmer for a few more minutes without lid.

Meanwhile caramelize the sliced onion with butter at low heat. Add the tomato paste, stir, then add in the dish.

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. As soon as it starts bubbling, stir in the crushed red pepper and mint. Then pour all over the top of the dish and serve.

2 servings.

* To make this dish, the herbs like Heliz or Spitank which grows in the Aladağ and Katavin mountains are used. Heliz is a very special herb used in cheese making.

** Kurut, Keş peyniri, Sürk, Taş Yoğurt, Kurutulmuş Yoğurt; whey-drained traditional dried yogurt buttermilk; goat's ewe's, cow's milk; used in soups and other food preparations, also crumbled and used as cheese.

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

Looks traditionally.especially this part with surk. thx for the recipe!

At 3:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Binnur. are Heliz and Spitank the same thing? i mean, are they just two names of one single herb? i could not find them / it anywhere. even online Turkish stores don't seem to have them. or do they have other names? i don't know. thanks a lot for your help :)

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Heliz and Spitank are two different local herbs. I think you can find them only in East Anatolia or in the stores that sell a wide range of herbs:)
Take care,

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks a lot for replying to my above question regarding heliz and spitank. i hope you dont't mind me asking one more question :) can they be substituted since they are hard to find? thank you so much , again. :)

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Binnur said...


You're welcome to ask your questions:)

I couldn't find the herbs, either; so I used chard instead. Spinach can also be used in this recipe:)

At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the part with the caramelised onion on top, I think all these small garnish things make the perfect effect on Turkish soups. Owing to that all the soups look and taste great! I also like the combination of such nutritious lentils, chickpeas and wheat...a perfect autumn stew for me.

At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Loader said...

Great recipe!
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