Sunday, 9 March 2008

 TURLU PILAV This dish  TURLU (mixed veg) PILAV is the Turkish version of vegetable paella which is very popular in Isparta and surrounding villages especially the summer time when all the locally grown  organic vegetables are available. Turlu Pilav to be enjoyed with family and friends as it is a large party dish.

For this YOU NEED
  • 4 tbsp olive oil ( about 2 fl oz )
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, 1 yellow pepper, 1 green pepper
  • 1 chilli pepper(optional)
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (drained )
  • 3 or 4 fresh tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 courgette
  • 4 oz mushrooms
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup of paella rice or long grain rice (8 oz)
  • 3 cups of hot water or vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley
Prepare and chop all the vegetables . Heat the oil in the wok or large pan, fry the onion 2-3 minutes until soft. Add garlic, peppers, chilli, tomatoes, aubergine,  courgette,  mushrooms and fry further  2 minutes. Stir in the washed rice, chickpeas, paprika and cinnamon. Mix well and stir in  all the ingredients and season well with salt and black pepper. Add hot water or stock. Bring it to boil and simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally until the rice is tender. Add more hot water if needed. Sprinkle chopped parsley before serving. Afiyet olsun. (ENJOY) 

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