Taze Fasulye (Green Beans)

This is a lovely side dish to have with grilled meat or chicken or any food that requires a sauce to accompany it. This green bean recipe has it’s own delicious rich sauce, yet it is healthy and not heavy on the stomach and it still tastes great.

In Turkey, this dish is usually eaten on it’s own as a main course, with lots of bread dipped into the tomato sauce. However, I always serve it as a side dish or simply have it with some rice. A good vegetarian option.

Taza Fasulye (Green Beans)

You will need;

700 – 800g of green beans, both ends snipped off and each bean washed and cut or broken into two.
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 tin of chopped tomatoes or 400g of fresh finely chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon of tomato purée
3 teaspoons of sugar
3 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt according to taste

Quite simply, fry off the onions in the olive oil. When softened, add the green beans, salt, sugar and tomatoes and leave to cook on a low heat with the saucepan lid tightly on. Keep stirring regularly.

TIP: Rinse your tomato tin out with a little water and add to your beans. You want all the remaining tomato to go into your dish and not to be thrown away with the tin. Do the same to your plate if you are using fresh tomatoes.

After 25-30 minutes turn off the heat and leave to rest in the pan before serving. The cooking time can of course vary according to taste. Some people like their vegetables slightly crisp and raw, where as others more cooked. So please keep checking and tasting your dish whilst it is cooking. If you do need to cook your beans slightly more, then make sure you have enough water in the saucepan to do so without burning your dish.

Traditionally in Turkey this dish is eaten cold. However I like to take the chill off it, by heating it up slightly, before serving. Your choice!

 

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