This is one of my favorite savory foods served in almost every drinking house with Turkish raki. I know I’ve mentioned this drink several times. I’m just waiting for the right time to write about it. That “right time” means when we meet friends and drink raki together. But I promise I’ll do it soon. There must be several savory foods/appetizers on table while drinking raki and this one is one of the most commons. In fact, anything with yogurt goes perfect with raki. However, we often make this food as an appetizer near our lunch or dinner as soon as purslane starts to be shown on stands at open markets. And in Turkey, we’re having just the season of this herb these days. So we don’t want to miss any chance of making something from it. I remember that I wrote about a green salad of purslane a few weeks ago, and this will be the second dish of purslane I’m going to write. Maybe I should create a new category for purslane here as I’m planning to add several dishes from it. As you understand I adore it and I wish I could grow it myself in a pot in my balcony or I wish I had a herb garden. For those who haven’t met purslane yet, I must say that it’s a bit savory, especially its stems, which we’ll not use its stems in this savory dish. But if you want to try the stems, you should use them in any kinds of soup, and you’ll see how it enhances your soup.
We had black beans for dinner yesterday and purslane with yogurt was our appetizer near it. It’s a part of our culture to have something with the main dish; either a kind of salad or a kind of savory dishes like this one. And here is the easy recipe.
- A bunch of purslane
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
Wash the purslane well, and pick just its leaves and put them in a bowl.
Mash garlic in a bowl, add salt and mix them with yogurt. Put the purslane leaves and mix again. Then take this mixture on a plate, drizzle olive oil on it. Finally sprinkle red pepper flakes right on olive oil and serve. If you like, you can garnish the plate with a few leaves of dill. This dish is definitely an appetizer as you want to eat more main dish when you eat it. That is, it triggers you to eat anything with it.
From Spinach To Purslane
Mrs Spinach is a successful businesswoman and she always does right things at right times. As winter is leaving little by little, she knows that it’s time for her to leave, too. As she is sure that people are always in search for herbs and greens at open markets, she decides to call her best friend, Mrs Purslane as the substitute. She is the only one to run the herb company as successfully as Mrs. Spinach. As she believes in the emotion of sending snail mail, she is writing a letter to Mrs. Purslane now. Hope she’ll come soon. (drawing by mom)