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Time For A Tasty Vegetarian Dish: Artichoke in Olive Oil March 8, 2010

Posted by Deniz Olcay in Turkish Dishes.
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Who says vegetable dishes aren’t tasty? Who says they are dull? Some of my favorite dishes are vegetable dishes, and I am no vegan. Too often I see people cooking meat and a starch for dinner, and no matter how creative you are it will eventually get boring. Sometimes you just have to make a delicious vegetable dish, and skip meat for one night. It’s good for the soul, it’s good for the heart, and health. Oh, and did I mention it’s easy?

This is one of my all time favorite Turkish dishes, and is most tasty with fresh ingredients. It’s hard to find fresh artichoke that is already peeled in the shape that is required for this dish, but if you cannot find it, using frozen is okay too. Hope you enjoy it!

You will need
8-10 Artichokes (fresh or frozen)
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of chopped carrots
2 cups of chopped potatoes
2 cups of peas (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup of chopped dill
Juice of half a lemon
1.5 cups of boiling water
1/2 a cup of extra virgin olive oil

1. Chop 2 cups of carrots, baby carrots or normal carrots, it does not matter

2. Chop 2 cups of potatoes, which comes out to approximately 3 of them

3. Place the 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil in a pot, over high heat

4. Put the chopped carrots, potatoes and 2 cups of peas into the pot. Cook them over high heat for about 3-4 minutes

5. Put the 2 tablespoons of sugar and one teaspoon of salt into the pot and gently fold it in

6. Put the frozen or fresh artichokes into the pot, and stir in with the vegetables already inside the pot, and cook for an additional 2 minutes 

7. Add the juice of half a lemon, and the 1.5 cups of boiling water into the pot, and turn the heat to medium/low. Cook for 30 minutes, covered

8. Finally, add the 1/3 cup of chopped dill, and turn the heat off. Uncover the pot and allow to cool. Once at room temperature, place in the fridge for 2 hours

9. Serve cold, and add lemon as desired. Enjoy!


1. Nikki - March 12, 2010

I will definitely be using this recipe, most likely this weekend! I’ve been talking about artichokes for the past week with a few different people, and am really anxious to try cooking with them. Never actually eaten one before…

2. Deniz Olcay - March 12, 2010

The thing is, back in Turkey they sell them fresh and peeled in lemon juice so they dont go brown. Here they sell them unpeeled, and it is reaaally tough trying to peel an artichoke. Luckily I found frozen ones, but its not the same taste. If you can find fresh peeled ones, use those. If not, try the frozen ones. I wouldn’t suggest peeling them, its really annoying 😦

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