A flavoursome Turkish Cypriot dish of fried vegetables and tomato sauce. This Cypriot vegetable stew is best eaten with olive bread to soak up the juices, but it’s also good with rice or pasta.
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 an authentic recipe as my starting point. Sadly, it has long since disappeared from the web.
I 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.
As expected, the turlu was delicious. It satisfied both my Mediterranean heritage and CT’s fondness for a good stew.
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.
Other Cypriot Recipes You Might Like
- Fasulye with dukkah roasted tofu via Tin and Thyme
- Fried halloumi salad with baked pomegranate grapes via Fuss Free Flavours
- Olive garlic halloumi spelt bread via Tin and Thyme
- Spanakopita via Emily’s Recipes and Reviews
- Turkish zucchini fritters via Tinned Tomatoes
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Cypriot Vegetable Stew – The Recipe
Cypriot Vegetable Stew aka Turlu
- 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
- ⅛ 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.
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. This vegetable stew from Cyprus, 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 and all we had to do was reheat it.