Turkish Style Leek & 30 Minutes Meal

I made 30 minutes meal in this episode. Beginning with a traditional tarhana soup, leek dish with ground beef, and whole wheat spaghetti with tomato paste sauce. As a side dish I take out pickled cabbage that I made before and as a dessert 2 ingredient fig pudding which is a traditional dessert we call “incir uyutması” in Turkish.

  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 200gr. Ground beef or more
  • 1 onion (optional – I didn’t add this time as someone suggested but I usually do:)
  • 400 – 500gr. Leeks (most of the green part left out after scaled)
  • 1 carrot (optional would suggest adding)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tbsp pepper paste
  • 2 tbsp rice
  • Salt, ground black pepper, and hot red pepper flakes to taste
  • Enough hot water
  • For the whole wheat spaghetti
  • 500gr. Whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt to taste
  • The recipe for making tarhana from scratch is here: https://youtu.be/SkD09xJplBo. (it is in Turkish I will translate the ingredients first and the video as soon as I can) you can also buy ready ground tarhana from stores in Turkey and if they sell in Turkish shops in other countries. The recipe for 2 ingredient fig pudding is here: https://youtu.be/k6_wvjUwpus
Sauteing the leeks with ground beef and tomato paste

How To Make Ground Meat Leek Dish

  1. First, clean the top and bottom parts of the leeks and peel off one layer. Cut the leeks in 1 cm thickness.
  2. Meantime in a wide big pan heat olive oil and brown the ground beef. You can skip adding the meat and make it vegan too. Also to make it extra tasty you can cut one onion and add it over the ground beef before the leeks.
  3. After the meat is totally browned add tomato and red pepper pastes and continue to saute for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add leeks and washed and drained rice, saute for 3-4 minutes. Season it with red pepper flakes, salt, and black peppers. Pour over about half a cup of hot water and close the lid. Cook with its steam for about 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes add more water until about halfway of the dish and continue to cook on low heat, lid close until veggies are soft. Let the dish rest for 20 minutes at least and enjoy!
30 minutes meal with Turkish Style Leek Dish

Turn the dish into a complete menu in 30 minutes:

I made a complete menu with the meat leek dish in the video in 30 minutes by making:

  1. Ancients Tarhana Soup
  2. Whole wheat pasta with tomato paste
  3. 2 ingredients Turkish fig dessert “Incir uyutmasi”
  4. Also served homemade pickles

To make the whole wheat pasta with tomato paste simply boil the pasta in hot salty water according to package and drain keeping 1/2 cup from the pasta water. Cook tomato paste in butter and olive oil for 2 minutes and add the drained pasta and about 1/3 cup from the pasta sauce. Stir until well coated. Turn off the heat, serve warm after 10 minutes rest.

Turkish Pilav With Orzo | Best Turkish Side Dish

Turkish pilaf with orzo “Şehriyeli Pilav” is our favorite side dish at home that goes well with almost any Turkish dish. With browned orzo in butter, it has a nutty taste and with hints, it is very fluffy.

Pilav has an important role in Turkish cuisine. There is no good Turkish menu that is complete without having a nice fluffy, buttery pilav. Use the wide shallow pan as possible and a heavy bottom pan. In Turkey, we have pans that specially use for making pilav in good sizes.

Turkish Rice Pilav

Ingredients For Turkish Rice Pilaf With Orzo:

  • 2 cups Baldo, Osmancık, Calrose or similar long-grain rice that doesn’t contain too much starch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups hot water to soak
  • 4 tbsp orzo pasta
  • 1 heaped tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 3+1/4 cups hot water (or you can use some chicken stock)
Frying the orzo pasta for “Şehriyeli Pilav” Rice with orzo

Here is the plain classic Turkish Fluffy Pilaf recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux6fYWCYpCA
Ottoman Dish Mahmudiyye Recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eOBpNjbCNI
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How To Make Fluffy Turkish Rice Pilaf With Orzo

  1. Soak the rice in hot salty water for at least one hour or up to 4-5 hours. This step is important to have a fluffy nice pilav.
  2. In a wide pan melt the butter and olive oil, add orzo pasta and sautee stirring frequently until it has a golden to light brown color.
  3. Meanwhile, drain the rice from salty water and wash for 1-2 times until there is no starch left and the water is clear. Drain the water as much as you can. We have a rice drainer that is easier to drain but you can use colander too.
  4. Add the rice to the pan and continue to saute for about 4-5 more minutes. Add salt and hot water (u can use chicken stock for some of the water too )
  5. Close the lid and cook on a candlelight stove until the rice soaks all the water and soft for about 10-12 minutes. If the rice is still not soft after the water is finished you can drizzle more hot water over it, close the lid and continue to cook form more.
  6. Turn off the heat and let it rest for 10 minutes. Open the lid and gently stir the rice from taking from the bottom and folding it to the top with a wide hand colander (better to see the video) and spread it evenly again. Wait for 5 more minutes and serve warm…

Turkish Stuffed Eggplant “Karniyarik” would be a best company for the orzo pilav