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Cypriot Vegetable Stew – otherwise known as Turlu

Cypriot Vegetable Stew

Following on from the gorgeous olive garlic halloumi spelt bread I made a couple of weeks ago, I now bring you my version of another Cypriot recipe, Turlu. It’s a kind of vegetable stew from the Turkish side of Cyprus. It’s very tasty and the aforementioned bread makes a perfect accompaniment.

As a big fan of Middle Eastern food, this is the sort of thing I tend to throw together without thinking too much about it. However, on this occasion I used this recipe as my starting point and followed the advice to make a separate tomato sauce before adding it to the gently fried vegetables. With our runner beans going nuts down at the plot, I also added a fair few of those, but cooked them separately to the other vegetables.

Cypriot Vegetable Stew

Having grown up in tin and copper country here in Cornwall, one day I hope to make it to the Copper Isle and sample some authentic Cypriot cuisine. Maybe we can swap a few recipes. I’m sure I could twist CT’s arm with the promise of some impromptu botanising – the spring flowers would make a great tonic after the grey days of winter.

As expected, this dish was delicious and satisfied both my Mediterranean heritage and CT’s fondness for a good stew. 

Cypriot Vegetable Stew - Turlu
Serves 4
A flavoursome Turkish Cypriot dish of fried vegetables and tomato sauce. Best eaten with olive bread to soak up the juices, but also good with rice or pasta.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 onion - sliced
  3. 1 large courgette - chopped
  4. 1 red pepper - deseeded and chopped
  5. 1 yellow pepper - deseeded and chopped
  6. 1 large handful of beet tops or chard (including stalks) - roughly chopped
  7. 2 large handfuls of tender runner beans - topped, tailed and chopped into 1 inch pieces.
  8. 8 medium sized ripe tomatoes - chopped
  9. 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  10. 1 small red chilli - deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
  11. 100ml tomato passata
  12. Β½ tsp ground cumin
  13. Β½ tsp ground cinnamon
  14. ΒΌ tsp ground cloves
  15. a good grinding of black pepper
  16. β…› tsp sea salt (or to taste)
  17. 2 sprigs thyme
  18. small bunch of parsley - finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Gently fry the onions in a large pan with 2 tbsp olive oil for a few minutes, then add the peppers and fry for another couple of minutes. Add the courgettes, stir and fry for another minute or two. Add the beet tops, stir and cover the pan allowing the veg to cook gently for ten minutes or so.
  2. Simmer the beans in a little salted water until tender, then add to the pan of vegetables.
  3. Gently fry the tomatoes, garlic and chilli in the remaining olive oil. Add the passata, spices, salt and thyme and allow to simmer with the lid off for a few minutes.
  4. Stir the tomato sauce into the vegetables, cover and simmer for a further 10-15 minutes. Stir in the parsley reserving a little to scatter over the top.
Adapted from North Cyprus Trip Recipes
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
Meat Free MondaysThis goes to Jac over at Tinned Tomatoes for her very popular Meat Free Mondays.

 

 

 

Cook Once Eat TwiceI’m sending this off to Corina over at Searching for Spice for a new to me challenge, Cook Once Eat Twice. This stew, as is often the case with this sort of food, was even better the next day and meant we had a nice easy meal all ready made.

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      Choclette
      30th October 2015

      Yes, it’s a bit miserable at the moment and you’re right, it’s a good meal to remind us of the sunshine.

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      Choclette
      30th October 2015

      Yep, I really crave colour at this time of year Jemma. Thank you πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      30th October 2015

      Haha, thanks Dannii. Most of my meals are pretty healthy, it’s the cakes and puddings where I go awry πŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      30th October 2015

      Yes, thanks Angie. Sadly the last of our summer vegetables have been picked and no more courgettes or green beans until next year.

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    Emma
    29th October 2015

    I adore how simple it is to travel simply via your plate…

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    Janie
    30th October 2015

    Mmmmm, today is just the day for a stew isn’t it??! Love the use of spices in this one Choccy, bet it smelt heavenly whilst cooking.
    Janie x

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      Choclette
      30th October 2015

      Oh it did smell good Janie and tasted of summer too – always a bonus.

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    Emily
    30th October 2015

    Never heard of this but it looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for including my recipe too x

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      Choclette
      30th October 2015

      It’s actually very similar to many other dishes in the region, all delicious of course πŸ™‚

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    Jessica {Swanky Recipes}
    30th October 2015

    I hosted a 3 month visit with my Turkish friend earlier this year and I really do like the food too. We must of tried a new recipe every night. This stew sounds amazing. I’ll have to give it a try!

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      Choclette
      1st November 2015

      Oh that sounds utterly blissful Jessica. I’d love to have a live in Turkish cookery teacher πŸ™‚

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    Dom
    30th October 2015

    oh this reminds me of the summer… how i’d love the warmth and sunshine… oh, well it’s quite warm I guess. Love how wonderfully hearty and healthy and humble this looks, and so tasty. Love the cumin, cinnamon and cloves, it must be quite pungent! Glorious!

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      Choclette
      1st November 2015

      Haha, yes, Summer seems to have reemerged. I’m currently in a tea shirt and just about to go off to the beach. I just love all those Mediterranean flavours – pungent does it for me πŸ™‚

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    Camilla
    30th October 2015

    Sounds like a really warming dish, love the cinnamon in there too:-)

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    Adriana
    31st October 2015

    I’ve never heard of this, what a beautiful dish! It looks like it would smell delicious! Thanks for sharing! X

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      Choclette
      1st November 2015

      Thanks Adriana. It did indeed smell good – always a bonus πŸ™‚

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    31st October 2015

    This looks lovely – it is the sort of stew I used to make a lot but haven’t made a lot lately – when I see your version I really want a big bowl of it.

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      Choclette
      1st November 2015

      I find I go in and out of making certain types of food Johanna – you must be in an out stage when it comes to this one.

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    Mark
    1st November 2015

    We spent a lovely month in Cyprus and really enjoyed the food from there. This dish looks lovely – can’t wait to make it.

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    the caked crusader
    1st November 2015

    As luck would have it I’m on the look out for veggie stews at the moment – this one looks a keeper!

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