Monday, September 20, 2010

Etli Kuru Fasülye (White beans with Beef)

Kuru Fasulye is a traditional and the most popular Turkish dish and it is associated with Turks around the world just like sish kebab. Served warm with bread, rice or Bülgur Pilavi, it tastes best in cold weather !

Ingredients (for 4-6 persons)
White beans - 500 gms(soaked in water overnight) or canned ones
Beef or Meat - 500 gms (bite size)
Onions - 3 (medium size and chopped)
Green Paprika - 3 (seeds removed and cut in small pieces)
Tomatoes - 3 (pulp and seeds removed and then chopped)
Butter - 3 tbsp
Tomato paste - 1 tbsp
Water or Meat stock - 5 cups
Salt - added to desired taste
Pepper - added to desired taste

1.  Drain the soaked white beans and cook them separately. Set aside.
2. Heat the butter in a pan. Saute the onions and then add Paprika, Tomatoes, Tomato paste, salt, pepper and mix well. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
3. Add the meat and water/stock and cook until the meat gets tender. You could pressure cook everything together.
4. Once the meat is done, you could finally add the cooked beans and cook for another 5-10 minutes in a slow flame. If you are using canned beans, wash them well and directly add them in this step. This would save a lot of time!
If you want more watery consistency, add more water/stock or cook on a slow flame for 10 minutes to thicken the gravy.
If you want to make it completely vegetarian, just omit the meat and prepare using vegetable stock for extra richness !

This recipe directly goes to Divya's Show Me Your Curry, and to MLLA 27


  1. We don't take beef..but I can make this healthy and tasty dish with chicken...looks very delicious....

  2. lovely curry beef with beans I have not tried

  3. Beans and beef, very interesting combo..

  4. I too like to make this with lamb or chicken.

  5. Lovely curry..interesting yummy combo

  6. Oh, yes, this soup is perfect for the cold months to come.

    Thanks so much, Reshmi, for this fine recipe for MLLA, and introducing me to a taste of Turkish I have not had before.

  7. Good post, adding it to my blog now, thanks. :)

  8. Hi there

    Just wanted to show my appreciation for your time and hard work

  9. Hi, very interesting post, greetings from Greece!


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