A Wedding Dish


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.

Düğün Yemeği(Nohut)

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.

A Wedding Dish


  1. says

    My husband and I are soup people. We will eat it as often as possible for dinner on cold winter days. This looks delicious. I also love learning about tradtional dishes. Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    Natasha and Diana thank you for your comments. I’m planning to add more wedding traditions and more wedding dishes in the near future.

  3. says

    we have the same dish in morocco(but not for wedding)
    the difference is that we use cinnamon powder and ground pepper insteade of cumin.

    Be sure am going to do this dish soon :-)

  4. Gloria in Western Canada says

    I will definitely try this. I love chickpeas.

  5. says

    I’d be scared to spill this on my wedding dress! But it sounds like a perfect soup for my fiancé and I, he likes all of those ingredients. What sort of meat would you normally use, lamb I presume?

  6. says

    I could eat that right now. I love chickpeas but they never taste as good when I cook them. I prefer someone else to cook them and then they taste wonderful. Preferably my mother in law. she is a great cook.

  7. says

    Zerrin ne güzel ön bilgiler yazıyorsun. Zevkle okuyorum:))
    İlk çocuğuma hamile kalana kadar nohut yemedim desem. Ama şimdi neredeyse hafta da birgün pişiriyorum. Çocuklarım da çok seviyor :)


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