Zucchini Stew

Zucchini Stew | giverecipe.com

We went to the vegetable bazaar today and all greens took my attention. Whenever I go to this bazaar, I want to buy everything I see on stands. Today it was more colorful and fresh as a reflection of coming Spring. While we were filling our bags with tomatoes, the vendor was continually praising zucchinis near tomatoes. He was telling how fresh they  were and giving a recipe at the same time with the sound “Mmmm”. His recipe was so easy, saute the zucchinis and pour some yogurt on it. If you’re following my blog for some time, you may remember that we don’t like zucchini only recipes. There must be something adding some tasty flavors to this tasteless vegetable. Although I didn’t have any idea of such a recipe, I couldn’t resist more and bought half kilo zucchini at the end.

You might realize that I’ve been cooking some dishes with green lentil for some time. I thought that it would be a great idea to cook zucchini with green lentil. I mentioned this ‘new’ and ‘creative’ recipe during a phone conversation with mom and she laughed at me. She told me that there was already this zucchini stew in Turkish cuisine. Although, it’s not a new recipe for many people, this was a new dish in our kitchen, which made us decide to buy some zucchini on the next bazaar day.

Kabak Yemegi

•    3 zucchinis
•    4 tomatoes
•    1 onion
•    ¼ cup green lentil
•    1 tbsp dried mint
•    1 tbsp salt
•    ½ tbsp tomato or pepper paste
•    2 tbsp olive oil

Chop the onion and saute it in olive oil. Add green lentil and stir.

Dilute the pepper paste in a small bowl and add it into the pot.

Chop the zucchinis thick and throw them into the pot, cover it. Meanwhile peel and dice the tomatoes. Add them in the pot, sprinkle salt and dried mint on it and stir. Put the lid on the pot and bring th heat to the lowest. It will be ready in 30 minutes.

I felt that this would be a tasty dish even when it was cooking as it smelled so appetizing. And we thought that green lentil had a magical flavor that made everything delectable. If you still have suspicions on zucchini, I strongly recommend this recipe.

Zucchini Stew | giverecipe.com


  1. says

    I also love zucchini and this sounds like an awesome preparation. My daughter recently announced that she no longer likes zucchini – maybe this recipe will change her mind.

  2. says

    My husband dislikes zucchini and there’s no way I’m going to change his mind even with this delicious recipe. I would like to try green lentils though.

  3. says

    this looks so satisfying! II don’t cook with lentils very often for some reason. i do liek them a lot though

  4. says

    This recipe sounds amazingly good. I’ve developed a great appreciation for dried mint as a flavoring in savory dishes.

  5. Vandya says

    Wow, this I have to try! I’ve never had cooked zucchini before.

  6. says

    Hello Serrin,
    I like to come visit your blog, you always have something interesting in your plate. :)
    We cook something very similar to this dish but instead of lentils we add fresh corn kernels and it’s usually as a side dish.

    Have a nice weekend!

  7. says

    Oh yum!!! I love zucchini. It probably one of my favorite veggies. This is on my must try list.

  8. says

    Zerrin, merhaba. Just wanted to let you know I prepared your zuccini stew today. It was so delicious!!!! The only change I made was that I used green split peas instead of green lentils, only because I’ve run out of lentils:) It turned out delicious anyway, as the two peas are very close in taste to each other. Thanks for the recipe!!!!! Loved it!!!!!

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