All posts tagged: turkish vegetarian recipes

Muhammara Dip Recipe

Amazing, delicious and healthy dip recipe that you can use in your dinner parties. Naturally vegan and gluten free. This is a popular recipe all over Middle East and especially good companion in the Raki dinners as meze. We combine roasted red pepper with roasted walnuts. Then we add pomegranate molasses which can be found in Middle Eastern grocery stores. If you can find please also add pepper paste which is also popular product in Middle Eastern grocery stores. All you need to do is some grilling and mixing ingredients in the food processor. Some ingredients like cumin and tahini is optional, so add these ingredients if you really like them:) If you have grill roast red peppers there or bake them in the oven. You can also buy roasted peppers from the store. If you do not have time to roast walnuts, you can add them raw. It will still be delicious See the recipe below

Celery Root Salad with Yoghurt Sauce

Turkish homes use vegetables more than meat. We also make lots of different vegetable salads. This recipe uses root of the celery with yoghurt sauce combines with walnuts. It is a healthy side dish that you can eat with your main dishes. It is also served as meze. I serve it next to Green Lentil Dish, they combine each other very well and creates a complete nutritious meal.

Turkish Green Lentil Dish

This is a very easy and delicious stew that incorporates green lentil, orzo and cumin. Orzo is optional but it enhances taste of green lentils. It is one of the popular dishes at Turkish homes because it is very quick to do if you have soaked lentils a night before. We eat it as a main dish with other dishes like root celery salad. It is a protein dish without any need for meat. You can use chicken, meat or vegetable stock when you cook it. Or you can just use plain water and you will still have a delicious and nutritious dish. With plain water or vegetable stock this dish becomes a simple vegan dish.

Turkish Lentil Patties (Meatballs)-Mercimekli Kofte

This is a dish that is popular at homes when housewives get together during the day. I used to eat these patties at least once each week after I came back from school. Sometimes it was my mom’s but sometimes it was neighbor’s meatballs. The bulgur we use here is very fine, you might find this type of bulgur in Middle Eastern or Turkish groceries. Red bell pepper paste can also be found in Middle eastern groceries. We serve it with lettuce and lemon. Before eating you can squeeze lemon on lentil patties and wrap it with lettuce. Parsley and spring onions are the basis of these meatballs but optionally you can also add cilantro and basil.