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.
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 the top restaurants in Crete and in Greek Town in Toronto, Canada. Koula is the co-author of “Foods of Crete, Traditional Recipes of the Healthiest People in the World” and is currently completing her second cookbook. Koula teaches cooking classes to tourists in Crete and has been hired to teach classes in other countries as well.