Vegetable Stew

Vegetable Stew |

I believe that this vegetable dish is created by someone who hates wasting foods. The main characteristic of it is that it contains more than two kinds of vegetables. You can use any vegetable you have in your refrigerator. I generally cook it with the leftover vegetables, so I don’t need to do shopping specially for this dish. We buy several vegetables when we shop from the bazaar and we cook each of them on each day during the weekdays. For example, one daywe cook a dish with green beans, the other day a dish with eggplant, and so on. As we are just two people (my husband and I), less than half of these vegetables is always left each time we cook something. Then at the end of the week, we combine all the leftover vegetables, which resulted in a tasty vegetable stew.

In fact, this dish has two main types in Turkish cuisine: Summer Vegetable Stew (Yaz Türlüsü) and Winter Vegetable Stew (Kış Türlüsü) depending on the season of the vegetables we use.Summer vegetable stew mainly contains green beans, okra, zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, green and red peppers as these are fresh in Summer. As for Winter vegetable stew, the vegetables above are replaced by the vegetables that can be found fresh in Winter such as leek, celery root and carrot. Besides the changing vegetables, we always have onion and tomatoes in both versions. However, as tomatoes are fresher in Summer, we can use more of them in Summer vegetable stew. Another difference between these versions of stew is that Winter vegetable stew may have some meat whereas Summer vegetable stew is generally prefered with olive oil and meat free.

Which version do you think is mine here in this post? It is in between the Summer and winter versions. As it’s still possible to find fresh eggplants, and zucchini these days, I couldn’t miss this opportunity. However, we can’t see okra at bazaar anymore as it’s exactly a vegetable of hotter days, so I couldn’t add it to my stew. Also, I used carrot, which is absolutely a Winter vegetable, to make the stew more colorful. That’s why I can’t call it either Summer or Winter stew. How about calling it no season vegetable stew?

Most Turkish women saute onion in olive oil and then add the other vegetables to make a vegetables stew, but I prefer placing the vegetables in layers in the pot and add olive oil on their top. This way, you can feel the flavor of olive oil more and I read somewhere that this method is better for our health.

As this is an adjustable dish, feel free to change the vegetables or the amounts of them.

– 10 green beans
– 2 medium size eggplants
– 1 large potato
– 1 medium sized zucchini
– 1 big carrot
– 1 medium sized onion
– 4 medium sized tomatoes
– 1 red pepper
– 1 green pepper
– 4 cloves garlic
– 3 tbsp olive oil
– Salt to taste
– 1 tsp black pepper
– ¼ cup hot water

Slice unpeeled eggplants and zucchini into circles. Peel the carrot and slice it into circles, too. Chop the potato in cubes. Cut the beans in half finger size. Peel and dice the tomatoes and onions. Chop the peppers. Slice the garlic cloves. Put these vegetables in seperate bowls to make it easy to arrange them in the pot.

Place the carrots at the bottom of the pot as the first layer. Then put the green beans and potatoes. Now toss half of the peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes on them. Go on with eggplants and zucchini coins. Finally, add the rest of the peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes on the top. Sprinkle salt and black pepper on them and drizzle olive oil. Cover the pot and cook it on low heat. After about 10 minutes, add hot water and go on cooking on low heat for about 40 minutes.

Vegetable stew is served hot with some rice pilaf and with a bowl of yogurt near it.

Vegetable Stew |


  1. says

    What a wonderful way to use all of your vegetables! I immediately knew this would be delicious with rice but a side of yogurt would add even more flavor. Thank you for the suggestion to layer the vegetables; I’m a ‘stirrer’ – I would chop everything, put it all in the pot and stir away. With your method, the flavors sound like they are drawn out and cascade down. Mmmmm . . .

  2. says

    I can not eat without any vegetable on my side. Even at the restaurant, I would order a plate of vegetable something to accompany my food. Your stew look simply delicious Zerin.

  3. says

    I love a good vegetable stew! I love to clean out my fridge and throw everything into the pot! This looks delicious!

  4. says

    pegasuslegend- Thank you!

    Tangled- Thank you! In fact I started to use this method as it’s easier and time saving, but then I loved it. Another good point about this method is that vegetables don’t lose their colors much. And I can have yogurt with any dish, I LOVE it!

    Jessie- Thank you! Also, it doesn’t make me heavy :)

    Elra- Vegetables are also the big helpers for our digestion system.

    Gera- And the best is that you have the chance of changing its ingredients with what you have. It’s always tasty no matter what vegetable you add.

    Reeni- Isn’t it the best way to create new dishes?

  5. says

    I hate to waste veggies (or any other food for that matter), so this kind of thing is right up my street. I like the idea of layering and baking (like Tangled Noodle, I would normally be a bit of a stirrer), I should give that a try next time.

  6. says

    I’m a person who hates wasted foods. I love when you put all the veggies together and it tastes different everytime you make it because you’re using what you have on hand. This sounds terrific.

  7. says

    That is an excellent way to use up the vegetables in your fridge all at once! My daughter always loves a mixture of vegetables better than any one single veggie by itself, so this is a great recipe to make for her!

  8. Soma says

    I am a big sucker for all kind of vegetables! Lovely dish Zerrin.

  9. says

    This is a delicious way to make use of all your vegetables! It’s almost like a chunky ratatouille. Sounds great served with yogurt.

  10. says

    I love recipes that use up any leftovers I might have in the fridge! This looks delicious and I love it’s gorgeous colors!

  11. OysterCulture says

    I love zuchinni, I love eggplant – this recipe looks perfect. But I confess that since I love al my veggies, we do not have many leftovers. But now I have a new recipe to make use of all my favorites. So I have to ask, what is this dish called? Yaz-Kış Türlüsü ? =) Just kidding, I saw that you shortened the word to Türlü.

  12. rob towles says

    been looking for recipes for zucchini. must try this one. thanks.


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