Okra Stew with Olive Oil (Zeytinyagli Bamya)
In a pot, sauté onions with olive oil over medium heat. Stir in tomato and sauté for 2 minutes. Then, add okra and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until okra changes color. Stir in hot water and bring to a boil. Add salt, sugar and lemon juice.
Close the lid and cook over low heat until the okra gets soft (about 15-20 minutes). Do not over cook, otherwise okra will come apart.
Sprinkle black pepper on top and serve Okra Stew with Olive Oil warm or cool.
***This is a vegetarian dish.
Kisir (Taboule-Turkish Bulgur Wheat Salad)
1 ½ cups cracked wheat (fine bulgur)
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/3 cup olive oil
1 ¾ cups boiling water
1 tomato, chopped finely
1 cucumber, chopped finely (optional)
½ bunch of fresh parsley/dill, chopped finely
2-3 leaves of lettuce, chopped finely
1-2 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup lemon juice
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp dried mint
1 tbsp salt to taste
In a large bowl place fine bulgur and add boiling water. Stir and leave bulgur for 5-10 minutes to absorb all the water. Make sure that bulgur is not wet. The size of bulgur should be doubled.
Meanwhile, place olive oil and onions in a skillet and sauté over medium heat. Then add tomato paste and salt, sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add this mixture to puffed up bulgur and combine them using your hands. Then add lemon juice, cumin and dried mint. Mix them all and let them cool.
Finally, add tomato, cucumber, green onions, lettuce, parsley /dill and mix them all.
You can serve Kisir with lettuce leaves. Kisir is also good to go with pickles or pickled chili peppers and Ayran.
By Hayriye Cetin Karaca ( www.turkishfoodandrecipes.com )