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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.

Cypriot Vegetable Stew

As a big fan of Middle Eastern food, this is the sort of dish 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

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

Copper Country

I grew up in tin and copper country here in Cornwall, so I was interested to find out that Cyprus is also famous for its copper mining. In fact the name Cyprus means copper. 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.

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Cypriot Vegetable Stew – The Recipe

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Cypriot Vegetable Stew aka Turlu

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Supper
Cuisine: Cypriot, Middle Eastern
Keyword: courgettes, green beans, stew, tomatoes, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 194kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion - sliced
  • 1 large courgette - chopped
  • 1 red pepper - deseeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper - deseeded and chopped
  • 1 large handful of beet tops or chard (including stalks) - roughly chopped
  • 2 large handfuls of tender runner beans - topped , tailed and chopped into 1 inch pieces.
  • 8 medium sized ripe tomatoes - chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 small red chilli - deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 100 ml tomato passata
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • a good grinding of black pepper
  • tsp sea salt (or to taste)
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • small bunch of parsley - finely chopped


  • 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.
  • Simmer the beans in a little salted water until tender, then add to the pan of vegetables.
  • 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.
  • 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
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 1059mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4110IU | Vitamin C: 146mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg


This Cypriot vegetable stew goes to Jac over at Tinned Tomatoes for her very popular Meat Free Mondays.

I’m also sending it off to Corina over at Searching for Spice for a new to me challenge, Cook Once Eat Twice. The Cypriot vegetable stew, as is often the case with this sort of food, was even better the next day. It meant we could sit down to a nice easy meal. All we had to do was reheat it.


  1. Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

    29th October 2015 at 9:14 am

    Looks delicious and comforting, just the kind of thing I need for these cold, rainy days! 🙂

    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 4:56 pm

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

  2. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    29th October 2015 at 10:02 am

    Oh this looks so lovely! A perfect winter warmer which would be great on a wet and miserable day like today!

    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Yep, I really crave colour at this time of year Jemma. Thank you 🙂

  3. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    29th October 2015 at 5:13 pm

    This is definitely my kind of meal! Really comforting, but still healthy too!

    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 5:00 pm

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

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    29th October 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Comforting and so tasty too..a wonderful veggie stew..

    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 5:02 pm

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

  5. Emma

    29th October 2015 at 10:31 pm

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

    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 5:03 pm

      It certainly saves a few pennies Emma 😉

  6. Janie

    30th October 2015 at 9:16 am

    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

    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 5:04 pm

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

  7. Emily

    30th October 2015 at 9:26 am

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

    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 5:06 pm

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

  8. Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat

    30th October 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I’ve never had this stew before but it sounds great! And the colors look beautiful! Perfect for a chilly fall evening!

    • Choclette

      1st November 2015 at 9:51 am

      Thank you Sherri, it’s a dish well worth trying.

  9. Jessica {Swanky Recipes}

    30th October 2015 at 8:50 pm

    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!

    • Choclette

      1st November 2015 at 9:53 am

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

  10. Dom

    30th October 2015 at 9:28 pm

    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!

    • Choclette

      1st November 2015 at 9:57 am

      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 🙂

  11. Camilla

    30th October 2015 at 9:36 pm

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

    • Choclette

      1st November 2015 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Camilla. Cinnamon is probably my favourite spice.

  12. rebecca

    31st October 2015 at 4:05 am

    this looks delicious

    • Choclette

      1st November 2015 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Rebecca. It was and even better the next day.

  13. Adriana

    31st October 2015 at 5:16 am

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

    • Choclette

      1st November 2015 at 9:59 am

      Thanks Adriana. It did indeed smell good – always a bonus 🙂

  14. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    31st October 2015 at 10:52 am

    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.

    • Choclette

      1st November 2015 at 10:00 am

      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.

  15. Mark

    1st November 2015 at 9:57 am

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

    • Choclette

      4th November 2015 at 11:00 am

      Thank you Mark. I would love to go to Cyprus.

  16. the caked crusader

    1st November 2015 at 3:39 pm

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

    • Choclette

      1st November 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks CC, I’ll certainly be making it again – next year!

  17. Helen @

    2nd November 2015 at 2:40 pm

    That looks seriously yummy. I bet it was great with your Cypriot-inspired bread dunked in it. Mmm.

    • Choclette

      3rd November 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Helen, I just love this sort of food.

  18. Janice

    8th September 2018 at 6:57 pm

    What a sensational recipe! It’s perfect for the gluts of the season and I love the addition of spices.

    • Choclette

      10th July 2019 at 4:35 pm

      This is probably the sort of food we eat the most in the summer when all this glorious Mediterranean vegetables are in abundance.

  19. Janice Pattie

    3rd March 2020 at 7:42 pm

    What a great vegetable stew. There is no doubt that Mediterranean countries really know how to use vegetables to the max.

    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:35 am

      Oh indeed and I’m so glad they’ve had such a good influence on our own cuisine one the last few decades.


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