In Turkish culture, it is a common custom to cook and serve some dishes in the concept of a traditional wedding ceremony. This old tradition still exists in especially our villages. The wedding hosts prepare some special dishes and serve them to their guests on the wedding day. As Turkish people love helping each other, they prepare these dishes together on that day. They cook in large boilers since there are hundreds of guests. The guests first have their meals and then dance accompanied by a very small band. Chickpeas stew is one of the most famous dishes served on a wedding day. The Picture you see here is from one of my friend’s wedding, that’s why the boiler is so big. But in this recipe I will give small amount of ingredients, just for 4 people, not for hundreds.
2 cups chickpeas, soaked overnight
½ cup meat, diced
3 onions, chopped big
1 green pepper, chopped (optional)
1 red bell pepper, chopped (optional)
1 tbsp pepper or tomato paste
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
2 tsp cumin
3 cups hot water
Put the meat in a pot and cook it until tender (for about 30 minutes), pour little water if neccessary.
After the meat is soft enough, add olive oil, peppers and onions. Saute them until golden.
Dilute tomato or pepper paste with little water in a small bowl and pour it into the pot. Then add chickpeas and 3 cups hot water. Season with salt and cumin. Cumin is the spice which gives the taste of the dish, so do not skip it. Then put the lid on and cook it until the chickpeas soften.
You can serve this main dish with pilaf and cacik.