Turkish Barbunya Pilaki Recipe
Recipe type: Meze
Cuisine: Turkish
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Serves: 6
A light summer dish, perfect for the meze table or as an accompaniment to cold meats.
  • 1 kg fresh barbunya (borlotti) beans in pods, podded (they will weigh approx 500g after podding)
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced horizontally
  • 2 large tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 2 large onions, peeled, halved and sliced into half moons
  • 1 green capsicum pepper deseeded, quartered lengthways and finely sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely sliced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 mugful hot water
  • 1 large handful flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt & black pepper to season
  • Wedge of fresh lemon to serve
  1. In a large saucepan, gently heat your olive oil and add the sliced carrots.
  2. Allow to cook for a few minutes before adding the sliced onion and green pepper.
  3. Stir around for 5 minutes or so until the onion starts to sweat and go transparent.
  4. Now add your chopped tomato, garlic and hot water.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and the sugar and stir it all together.
  6. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer for approx 10 minutes.
  7. Now add your fresh borlotti beans.
  8. Stir them in, partially cover your pan with a lid and leave the barbunya pilaki to simmer for 30 minutes.
  9. After 30 mins, check to see if your beans are soft.
  10. Remove from the heat and add the barbunya pilaki to a serving dish and leave to cool.
  11. Once at room temperature, serve your barbunya pilaki with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over the top and a garnish of chopped parsley.
If you are using tinned barnbunya (borlotti) beans, use an 800g tin and drain the liquid. Rinse them and add them 10 minutes before the end of cooking time.
If you are using tinned, chopped tomatoes, a 400g tin should be enough.
All weights are approximate and you can add or reduce quantities slightly to suit your personal taste.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 376
Recipe by Turkey's For Life at https://www.turkeysforlife.com/2010/06/barbunya-pilaki-recipe.html