You are in Istanbul and you are a vegetarian. Maybe you’re a vegan. In contrast, kebab comes one of the most consumed foods in Türkiye. Generally, meals are made with meat and animal fat. You don’t have to think about it: “What am I going to do?” Istanbul has a rich enough culture for everyone. Vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes all over the city. You can find the nearest vegan cafe and restaurant with the plans designed by locals from Tripster. During your stay in Istanbul, you can determine your entire vacation and travel plan and add vegan cafes and restaurants along your way. If you wish, With the HeyTripster trip designers’ well-prepared program you will have the opportunity to travel to Istanbul like a Turkish vegan.
There are also legendary vegan meals in local restaurants in Istanbul. There is no meat in any of the dishes with olive oil. Even in a kebab shop, you can eat grilled tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant and vegetable dishes made with olive oil. Below you can find the vegan recipes of some of the Turkish food in Istanbul. Try these Turkish vegan recipes. It’ll worth it.
1. Stuffed Mushrooms with Vegetables
- 20 large mushrooms (chestnut mushroom etc.)
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tomato
- 1 bell pepper (green)
- 1 bell pepper (yellow)
- 1 eggplant
- 1/4 bunch of parsley
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Cut the stems of the mushrooms and clean them. Place on the baking tray. Keep the empty parts on top. Chop the onions, garlic, and peppers small. Saute in olive oil in a frying pan. Add the eggplant and tomato, which you cut into cubes, respectively. It will release its water and then draw it. Fill this mushroom into the mushrooms you put on the baking tray. Bake in a preheated 250-degree oven for 10 minutes and serve.
2. Olive Oil Kidney Bean Stew
- 500 g fresh kidney beans
- Half a glass of olive oil
- 1 onion
- 1 medium potato, 1 carrot (if you want)
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
Boil the beans for 10 minutes. In another saucepan, chop the onion and cut it in olive oil. After roasting well, add some water and soften. Add the tomato paste, the potato you chopped in cubes and the carrot you chopped in slices. Add the garlic and mix. After stirring for 2 minutes, add sugar, salt and 1 cup boiling water. If you added carrots and potatoes, you should wait for these vegetables to cook for about 10 minutes. Then add the kidney beans. Cover the pan and boil over low heat. After all the vegetables have softened, you have had your meal. Cool the pan with the lid open and serve with a finely cut parsley on it.
3. Stuffed Pepper with Olive Oil
You can buy some spices you need to use for this meal from Istanbul, Grand Bazaar. In this way, when you return home, you can both tell your Grand Bazaar memories and share this unique taste with your friends by making this dish.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 nectarine onions
- 2 tablespoons of peanuts
- 1.5 cups of rice
- 10 medium bell pepper
- 2 cups of hot water
- 1 medium tomato (to cover them)
- 1 tablespoon of currants
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon of mint
- 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar, black pepper, allspice
Roast the onion in olive oil. Add peanuts. Add the rice after the peanut color changes a little. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Continue roasting, adding the remaining spices and other ingredients. After a few minutes, add 2 glasses of water and cook for 7-8 minutes. Rice needs to stay a little alive. Remove the top cap and inside of bell peppers. Fill into dressing bell peppers. Arrange the stuffed dishes perpendicular to the pot. Fill the pot halfway with water and put a little more olive oil on the lid of the pan. Cook over low heat until the water runs out. This period is 30 to 35 minutes. You can eat hot or cold.
4. Green Beans with Olive Oil
This dish is the most preferred vegan Turkish food.
- 100 ml olive oil
- 2 nectarine onions
- 500 g green beans
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 cube sugar
Break the ends of the beans, clean the string on the sides, and cut it in the middle. Pour the olive oil into the pot. Add the onions that you chopped little by little. Start roasting the onions. Add fresh beans to the pan and continue roasting. Add the tomatoes on it. Close the lid of the pot. Add hot water a few minutes later. Cover the pot until the beans are soft and continue cooking over medium heat. Add the sugar and salt and mix it before taking it out of the stove. Serve cold. Bon Appetit!
5. Artichoke with Olive Oil
It is one of the most delicious vegetarian Turkish dishes.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 medium onion
- 1 potato
- 1 large carrot
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 8 expurgated artichokes
- 2 lemons (to squeeze the juice)
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Chop the potatoes and carrots into cubes and boil them. Add the peas on it. Chop the onions in cubes and fry them in olive oil. Add a spoonful of flour to the pan and continue roasting. On top of the flour mixture, cover the artichokes and add the lemon juice. Leave the artichokes to cook. At medium temperature, check it to make it soften a little. Then place the artichokes in a flat pot. Put them on a mixture of carrot peas and potatoes. Add the onion floured artichoke water in the other pot and cook until it softens to mix the garnish with the aroma of the artichoke. Add dill on it before serving. Serve cold.
All of these dishes are dishes that you can find everywhere in Istanbul. You can eat here, learn the recipes of your favorites, buy their ingredients from Istanbul and make them to your friends at home. Bon Appetit!
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