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Black eyed Bean Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranates; Borulce Salatasi

Black eyed beans salad with grated carrots, turnips, walnuts and pomegranate seeds - Borulce Salatasi

Black eyed beans salad with grated carrots, turnips, walnuts and pomegranate seeds; also gluten-free – Borulce Salatasi

So good to be back to blogging and sharing recipes with you all after quite a long while, with this refreshing, wholesome  and also gluten – free Black eyed Beans Salad, a recent hit in our home.

Our feast of Turkish food from my Online Turkish Cookery Course

Our feast of Turkish food from my Online Turkish Cookery Course

I had a busy but exciting start of the year with the launch of my online Turkish cookery course (a wonderful introduction to Turkish cuisine with 4 classic Turkish recipe demonstrations; a course you can do at your own time and watch unlimited times, with a special offer at the moment. Here’s a free preview of the course)

Making the smoked eggplant puree for the Ali Nazik Kebab at my Turkish cookery class in Austin.

Making the smoked eggplant puree for the Ali Nazik Kebab at my Turkish cookery class in Austin.

Another highlight of February was teaching a wonderful series of Turkish cookery classes in the US with the Central Market Cooking Schools in Austin, San Antonio and Houston. I was really touched and delighted to see the growing interest for Turkish cuisine and meet amazing Turkish food lovers, always a treat. My next stop is Amman, Jordan in March to teach a 5 day Turkish cookery workshop and a Turkish cookery class in May in England – greatly look forward to them all.

The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce; makes a wholesome, delicious salad

The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce; makes a wholesome, delicious salad

But now I am delighted to share this delicious, refreshing and wholesome salad we’ve been enjoying recently, featuring black eyed beans or borulce, as in Turkish. The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce is a legume, a subspecies of the cowpea. They are also known as the California Blackeye. They also have many health benefits; black eye beans are packed with fiber, protein, potassium and low in fat. Many good reasons to incorporate them in our diet.

Delicious and healthy black eyed beans salad with walnuts and pomegranates

Delicious and healthy black eyed beans salad with walnuts and pomegranates

This black eyed beans salad is a wholesome, refreshing and vibrant salad with plenty of zing. Grated carrots and bell peppers bring wonderful natural sweetness and work well with radishes, onions and crunchy walnuts. I love the tangy pomegranates molasses & olive oil in the dressing (you can make your own pomegranate molasses with my recipe here); all these flavor the black eyed beans beautifully. You can also add pomegranate seeds as I did in this salad; they add a great texture and taste.

I hope you enjoy substantial, delicious salad; Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Black eyed Bean Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranate; Borulce Salatasi
 
This black eyed beans salad, Borulce Salatasi, is a wholesome, refreshing and vibrant salad with plenty of zing. Grated carrots and bell peppers bring wonderful natural sweetness and work well with radishes, onions and crunchy walnuts. Pomegranate seeds and pomegranate molasses bring a tangy, refreshing flavor.
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Recipe type: Healthy Turkish Salads with black eyed beans
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 175gr / 6 oz. / 1 cup dried black eyed beans
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped coarsely
  • ½ red onion, chopped finely
  • 2 spring (green) onions, chopped finely
  • 5 small radishes; quartered and sliced
  • ½ cup / 3 oz. / 90 gr pomegranate seeds
  • 40 gr/ 1.5 oz. / ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 30 ml/ 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp. pomegranate molasses – optional-
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak the dried black eyed beans overnight in plenty of cold water.
  2. Next day, drain, rinse and put the beans into a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 35 - 40 minutes. Drain and rinse the cooked beans in cold water to refresh and retain their texture.
  3. Stir in the chopped onions and green (spring) onions in a large bowl and add ½ tsp sea salt. Work the salt into the onions with your hands; this will soften the onions and make them more palatable in the salad.
  4. Stir in the rest of chopped vegetables to the bowl and mix well.
  5. Add the cooked black eyed beans, pomegranate seeds and chopped walnuts to the bowl, combine well.
  6. Pour in the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and pomegranate molasses over the salad, give a good mix.
  7. Check the seasoning and add more salt if required and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Stir in the chopped parsley and combine all gently. Afiyet Olsun!

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Chicken and Vegetable Bake in Pomegranate Molasses; Eksili Tavuk

Chicken and vegetables bake in pomegranate molasses and lemon sauce; Eksili Tavuk

Chicken and vegetables bake in pomegranate molasses and lemon sauce; Eksili Tavuk

Inspiration for this delicious, gluten-free recipe, Eksili Tavuk; Chicken in lemon and pomegranate molasses sauce with vegetables, came from dear Janet, who is part of the wonderful blog, Archers of Okcular. Janet and Alan have been enjoying Eksili Tavuk, traditionally made with the delicious whole chicken from the villages nearby; I can just imagine how tasty that chicken must be. She asked me the recipe and so glad she did. After some research, I came up with my version of Eksili Tavuk, using some seasonal vegetables like celeriac and chard in it. We greatly enjoyed this dish and I owe a big thanks to Janet!

Marinating the chicken in pomegranate molasses, red pepper paste, garlic and spices add a lot of flavor.

Marinating the chicken in pomegranate molasses, red pepper paste, garlic and spices add a lot of flavor.

Traditional Eksili Tavuk in the Aegean Region is made with cooking a whole chicken in plenty of water and adding vegetables like potato, carrots and onions to it, as well as the lemon sauce. I have seen flour being used in the broth to thicken the sauce; it is a delicious dish. I have used chicken breast in my version and added celeriac and chard to the vegetable mix. I have also added pomegranate molasses in the sauce; celeriac especially has been a perfect pair to the chicken in the tangy lemon and pomegranate sauce; the sweet and savory flavors really complemented one another very well (Pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi is widely used especially in southern Turkish cooking and add great flavor to salads, mezzes, stews. You can make your own pomegranate molasses with my recipe here, if you’d like). Marinating the chicken in cumin, red pepper flakes, garlic, tomato paste, red pepper paste, biber salcasi (if used), lemon juice and pomegranate molasses really worth the effort, add a delicious flavor to the chicken.

I baked my eksili tavuk; chicken with vegetables in pomegranate and lemon juice sauce, in the oven. It turned out to be an easy, wholesome and delicious all in one pot dish that we loved and will be revisiting often. Many thanks for the inspiration, Janet, hope you all enjoy it!

Eksili Tavuk; baked chicken and vegetables in lemon and pomegranate sauce

Eksili Tavuk; baked chicken and vegetables in lemon and pomegranate sauce

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Chicken and Vegetable Bake in Pomegranate Molasses; Eksili Tavuk
 
An easy, wholesome and delicious all in one pot chicken and vegetables bake with pomegranate molasses and lemon sauce, inspired by the Agean region's Eksili Tavuk. Celeriac especially here really worked well with the sweet & savory pomegranate molasses; a wonderful dish we loved and will be revisiting often. Afiyet Olsun!
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Recipe type: Healthy & gluten-free chicken and vegetable casserole
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 500 gr / 1 ¼ lb. chicken breast or boneless thighs, skinned
  • 175 gr/ 6 oz. chard, washed, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 small carrots, quartered and sliced in small chunks
  • 1 small celeriac root, cut in small, chunky strips (about 4 cm log, 1 cm wide)
  • 2 onions, quartered and sliced thinly
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp. concentrated tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp. Turkish hot pepper paste, biber salcasi (optional)
  • 30 ml/ 2 tbsp. pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 30 ml/ 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1.2 liters/2 pints/5 cups water
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 10 ml / 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F
  2. Cut the chicken into small chunks and place in a large bowl.
  3. Marinate the chicken in cumin, red pepper flakes, garlic, tomato paste, red pepper paste (if used), lemon juice and pomegranate molasses. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well so that all the ingredients coat the chicken pieces. Cover and keep in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the vegetables. Cut the outer skin of celeriac root and slice in chunky strips. Rub the celeriac with 1 tbsp. lemon juice to avoid discoloring.
  5. Combine the celeriac with the other vegetables chopped, except chard, in a baking dish. Add the 2 tbsp. olive oil, season with salt and ground black pepper and mix well.
  6. Stir in the marinated chicken to the vegetables mixture and combine well.
  7. Pour in the1.2 liters/2 pints/5 cups water and mix well.
  8. Cover and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  9. After 30 minutes, stir in the chopped chard to the mixture and give a good stir. Cover and bake 10 -15 minutes more, until the chard is tender and chicken is cooked.
  10. Serve hot with crusty bread aside.
 

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How to Make Homemade Pomegranate Molasses – Nar Eksisi

Homemade pomegranate molasses, Nar Eksisi

Homemade pomegranate molasses, Nar Eksisi

I adore the taste of rich, tangy pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi. It is an essential ingredient in Antakya and southern Turkish cuisine and widely used in Middle Eastern cooking. The concentrated flavor of pomegranates molasses adds so much goodness and flavor to salads, casseroles, dips and desserts.

Pomegranates freshly squeezed on a traditional hand held juicer, in Pergamum, Turkey

Pomegranates freshly squeezed on a traditional hand held juicer, in Pergamum, Turkey

In addition of its delicious and natural sweet and tangy taste, pomegranate is also very rich in nutrient, packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. I have lots of fond memories of drinking freshly squeezed pomegranates, nar suyu, during my travels in Turkey, like this glass we had while visiting Pergamum, during our culinary and cultural tours.

Bountiful, flavorful pomegranates, packed with goodness

Bountiful, flavorful pomegranates, packed with goodness

Pomegranates feature often especially in southern Turkish and Antakya cuisine. We use the thick & fragrant pomegranate molasses sauce, nar eksisi in Spicy Bulgur wheat salad, Kisir, a specialty in the southeast of Turkey, offered as a welcome to guests. This delicious sauce adds so much flavor to Gavurdagi Salad of tomatoes, onions and walnuts. We also like to “bathe” vegetables like peppers and zucchini or courgettes in pomegranate molasses, before stuffing them with aromatic rice and ground meat, as in this Stuffed peppers with bulgur, ground meat and pomegranate molasses. You can also serve pomegranate molasses and olive oil in a small bowl to accompany Potato and bulgur rolls, Patatesli, bulgurlu kofte; their flavor complement one another so beautifully.

Homemade pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi

Homemade pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi

I was very excited to get some big, juicy pomegranates at my Turkish food market in North Cheam, England and made my own pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi. It is worth while making your own, as it will be all natural and less sweet than the commercial ones; you will really taste the pomegranates and nothing else.

Squeezing the juice out of pomegranate seeds

Squeezing the juice out of pomegranate seeds

It is easy to make pomegranate molasses at home; the trickiest bit is getting the juice out of the pomegranate seeds. The way I do is to take out all the seeds, place a large bowl under the sink and squeeze the pomegranate seeds with your hands through a sieve over the bowl. Try to extract as much of the juice as you can. Or if you are lucky enough to get freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, you can use that too.

Homemade pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi, ready to use

Homemade pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi, ready to use

You can keep your home made pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi, covered in the fridge for at least two months. It will thicken more as it cools down and sets in the fridge, so good to bear in mind. Pomegranate molasses is in constant use in our kitchen from a simple salad dressing to adding flavors to the meals and worth the investment.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

5.0 from 8 reviews
How to Make Homemade Pomegranate Molasses - Nar Eksisi
 
I adore the taste of rich, tangy pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi. It is an essential ingredient in Antakya and southern Turkish cuisine and widely used in Middle Eastern cooking. The concentrated flavor of pomegranates molasses adds so much goodness and flavor to salads, casseroles, dips and desserts. Afiyet Olsun!
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Recipe type: Sauces - Pomegranate Molasses
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Ingredients
  • 1058 ml /4 ½ cups / 2 ¼ lb. freshly squeezed pomegranates juice (out of 8 large pomegranates)
  • 26 gr / 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 15 ml/ 1 tbsp. lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Take out all the pomegranate seeds and save in a bowl.
  2. Place a large bowl and a sieve under the sink.
  3. Squeeze the pomegranate seeds with your hands through a sieve over the large bowl. Try to extract as much of the juice as you can. Discard the left over seeds.
  4. Pour in the freshly squeezed pomegranate juice in a heavy saucepan. Stir in the sugar.
  5. Bring the pan to a boil over medium to high heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Add the lemon juice, mix and reduce the heat to medium to low, just enough for simmering.
  7. Simmer for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes; the juice will get thicken and reduce to ¾ cups.
  8. Turn the heat off and let the pomegranate molasses cool. It will thicken more as it cools down.
  9. Once cool, pour into a glass jar with an airtight lid on.
  10. Store in the fridge up to 2 months.
  11. Makes ¾ cup / 177 ml/ 6 fl oz. pomegranate molasses
 

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