Turkey was a center point in the history of many great empires. The cuisine has been passed on since ages and fused with the influences from Middle East and Asia. It serves as a great tourist destination and every one who has visited this lovely country talks about the richness of taste in its dishes ranging from Pilau to Kebab's to desserts. Some of the common known dishes from Turkey include breads like Lavash & Simit, Lahmacun, Kofte, Doner, Cacik, Rice Pilau with vegetables or meats, Borek, Baklava etc. Olives grow throughout the country and are used extensively by themselves and in form of olive oil. Meats like Lamb, Chicken & Beef are used in many dishes while vegetables include onion, garlic, tomatoes, egg plant, beans and peppers. Fruits are served on the side with the main meals and include varieties like apples, grapes, pears and pomegranates. Dry fruits like walnuts & hazelnuts are also very commonly used.
For the recipe today let's make a Turkish Lamb Pilau. This includes cooking the Lamb meat with Olive oil and mixing it with onion, garlic & tomatoes before cooking it finally with the rice. It is important to cook the meat until it is done completely and the tastes infuse well in the rice preparation. Although it is not too difficult to make this dish, it does take some time to cook. Nevertheless, it comes with a great taste and goes well as a main course. Let see this Turkish Lamb Pilau Recipe.
Ingredients (serves 2 to 3)
- Olive oil - 3 tbsp
- Onion - 1 & 1/2 cup (chopped)
- Garlic - 2 tbsp (chopped)
- Lamb - 300 gms (with bone)
- Tomato - 1/2 cup (chopped)
- Curry powder - 1 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Rice - 1 cup
How to Make Turkish Lamb Pilau
- Heat olive oil in a pan.
- Add onion and fry till translucent
- Add Lamb and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
- Add 2 cup water, cover and cook until Lamb is fully cooked (about 45 to 50 minutes)
- Add tomato, garlic, curry powder and salt. Mix well.
- Add rice with 1 cup water. Cover and cook till rice is done.
- Serve hot.