• Aug
  • 29
  • 2011

Dried beans with tomatoes… Greek or Turkish

This maybe a dangerous post as I think wars have been started for less – in the past I was told that this is a Greek dish however every restaurant in Turkey serves it and many Turks would swear on Ataturk’s grave that it is a Turkish dish.

I wish I knew some more of the differences between the Greek and the Turkish Dried beans with tomatoes named YEE-ghahn-dess plah-KEE in Greek or domates kuru fasulye in Turkish.

Dry-Bean-With-Tomato-5Dried beans with tomatoes; simple name, simply delicious recipe.

This is my version of the Dried beans with stewed tomatoes the secret is olive oil and salt so I hope it pleases both Greeks and Turks.


Dried beans with tomatoes - Greek or Turkish


Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 2

Serving Size: large bowls

Dried beans with tomatoes - Greek or Turkish


  • 1 cup of dry white beans
  • 2 sprigs Parsley + extra for garnish
  • 2 sprigs Thyme
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 onions
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp of baking soda
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 Tbsp of tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp oil + the rest
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Soak the beans overnight.
  2. Mince the parsley and thyme. Peal and smash the garlic. Cut the onion in quarters and the carrot in to circles.
  3. Drain the beans and rinse them several times.
  4. In a saucepan with plenty of water add the bay leaf, parsley, thyme, cloves, onion, carrot and baking soda.
  5. Add the beans.
  6. Cover and cook for an 30 - 40 minutes before removing the foam that forms on the top of the stew and adding the Tomato paste.
  7. Stir through and cook for a further 30 - 40 minutes.
  8. Serve,sprinkle over parsley and enjoy.
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Cooking Tips

  • Beans are great for people trying to reduce their cholesterol. Low in fat, zero cholesterol, high in Protein and fiber they are great for the whole body.
  • Soaking beans over night should expand beans to approximately twice their size, during this time they are releasing enzymes and breaking down complex sugars.
  • The slow re-hydration helps to create gas free beans and stops you having gas over the next few days.

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8 comments on Dried beans with tomatoes… Greek or Turkish - What do you think?

  1. Andy

    I actually made this yesterday with gigantic butter beans, it was very yummy. My secret ingredient is a tablespoon of red wine vinegar towards the end of the cooking time – you should try it sometime, it gives the beans an even more complex flavour.

    • H & A

      Yeah I had not thought of the adding red wine with beans, but it does remind me of a great Red wine Chicken recipe that I should post up.

  2. Sar

    Perpetration or Preparation?

    • H & A

      Ha luckily our cooking and photography is better then my spelling. But in a way these beans are so good they should be illegal :)

  3. Veranika

    Could you tell please: is this recipe for 2 portions or more? Thanx

    • H & A

      Hi Veranika. Thanks for the question. After soaking the cup of beans they swell up to around 2 and a half cups. So the recipe is for 2 main meals or more like 3 or 4 side dishes. We are currently going through all our older recipes adding serving sizes and cooking/prep times to tie in with the new look website about to be released. So you next time you check back you won’t need to ask.

  4. Polly

    I added a Chopped fresh red chilli to mine, it gave it a little “kick” Delicious !!!

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