Turkish Garbanzo Bean Pilaf is one of those traditional foods of the Mediterranean Diet that you will find all over Turkey. It is served at vendor carts on almost every street corner in Istanbul. You can make it with chicken, but this is the popular vegetarian version. It is a meal in itself, but can also be served as a side dish for chicken, fish, or meat. To keep it vegetarian (or vegan) serve with a nice salad and some warm flatbread.
Turkish Garbanzo Bean Pilaf
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- Difficulty Level Moderate
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- 1 28 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked for 3 hours
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil buy now
- 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tsp butter
- salt, to taste
- 1/2 cup dry rice
- fresh parsley as a garnish (optional)
- Drain and chop the sun dried tomatoes. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, and onion to a pot and saute for 5 minutes. Add the chicken or vegetable broth and simmer for 5 minutes.
- In another pot add 1 Tbsp olive oil and butter. Add the rice and mix well for 5 minutes.
- Puree the sauce from the first pot and add it to the pot with rice.
- Add the garbanzo beans and salt and cook for 20 minutes on low heat.
- Cover with the lid and let sit for 15 minutes. Garnish with parsley.
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of ...Read more about this chef..
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