Pilaki is a generic term for a certain group of dishes –pilaki is plaki in Greek, by the way. Beans –either borlotti or cannellini –are cooked with onion, potato, carrot, sometimes tomato or tomato paste (in some cases both), garlic and olive oil. Pilakis are classified as mezze in Turkish cuisine and because of that, they are always served cold. Here’s the recipe:
1 tin cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 brown onion, peeled and chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and cubed
1 small potato, peeled and cubed
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 cups good quality drinking water
½ lemon, sliced thinly
A handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Pinch of sugar
• Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onions, carrots, potatoes and 3 tablespoon of water. Cook until all the vegetables are soft, stirring continuously.
• Add crushed garlic, beans, sugar, salt and 2 cups of water. Give it a good stir without mushing the beans and turn down the heat.
• Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes over low heat.
• Remove from the heat and cool. Transfer onto a serving platter. Garnish with parsley and lemon slices and serve.
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