Turkish Spinach Soup with Chickpeas and Barley

The earthy flavours of spinach, chickpeas and barley come together in this Winter dish which is Turkish in style. A soup, it is full of comfort, nourishment and hope for the future. Are you with me in your love for Winter soups? And with everything that is going on in the world at the moment, we need a little hope for the future. The inspiration for this came from Turquoise, a special book about Turkish cuisine.

Similar dishes include Potato and Chickpea Soup with Greens and Tahini, Chickpea and Parsley Soup with Turmeric, Chickpea and Orzo Soup, Mung Dal with Spinach and Cumin, Chickpeas and Beetroot Greens with Chilli, and Vegetable and Barley Soup.

Browse all of our Spinach dishes, all of our Chickpea dishes, and all of our Soups. Our Turkish recipes are here. Or explore our Late Winter set of recipes.

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Beets in a Herb Dressing

Beautiful Beetroot, roasted, and dressed with herbs

Beetroot is a great vegetable, and baby beets are sweet and tender. This recipe treats them minimally. You can use baby beets or larger, medium sized ones.

The inspiration for this dish came from Turquoise by Greg Malouf. I recommend this cookbook of Turkish recipes. It is beautiful.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Roasted Beetroot with Maple Dressing, Beetroot and Yoghurt Salad, Slightly Pickled Beetroot Salad with MustardRaw Beetroot and Herb Salad, Beetroot and Goat Cheese Salad with RocketBeetroot, Orange and Olive Salad, and Beetroot with Honey Dressing.

Feel free to browse other recipes from Turquoise.  You might also like our Beetroot recipes. Or you might like to browse Salad recipes too. Check out our easy Mid Spring recipes here.

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Cacik | Turkish Cucumber and Yoghurt Mezze

Cool off in hot weather with a classic yoghurt dip from Turkey.

Cacik is a wonderful dish, cooling in summer and endlessly versatile. It can be made very thick with thick thick yoghurt to serve as a dip or along side curries, rice dishes and pastry dishes. Make it with ordinary yoghurt as a sauce to drizzle over vegetables or salads or some filo pastry dish. Or make it thin with some ice cold water and eat as a soup.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Green Tahini Dip and Sauce, Yoghurt Tahina Dip with Herbs, and Green peppers in yoghurt.

Here we love yoghurt, so there is quite a collection of yoghurt recipes, including drinks, dips, raitas, yoghurt curries and salad dressings. I hope something inspires you there. Or our Dips are here, Turkish dishes here and Middle Eastern recipes here. Or be inspired by our Late Spring recipes.

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Yoghurt, Feta and Mustard Dip

Take some yoghurt, feta and mustard and you have a dip for a Summery day.

Gathering the thick thick yoghurt, some home made mustard, a smidgen of honey, and a copy of Turquoise, Greg Malouf’s mustardy creation was manifested. It can be a dip, sauce or dressing and the combination of flavours is quite synergistic – beyond what you might expect.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try our Roast Capsicum Sauce and Dressing and Chickpea, Almond and Sesame Sauce.

You might like to try other Yoghurt dishes here, and other Dips here. All of our Turquoise dishes are here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here.

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Green Olive, Walnut, Pistachio and Pomegranate Salad

The most incredible salad

In the past it has been difficult to get pomegranates that were as tasty as those in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India. There, they are so flavoursome, sweet, served by the bowlful for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here, early in the season, there were only wild pomegranates in the shop. Small, tart, hard, inedible. It was only later, much much later, some became available that approach the deliciousness of the fruit of India.

Are you after Pomegranate recipes? Why not make your own Pomegranate Molasses, Pomegranate Vinegar  and Pomegranate Honey.

Or try Cucumber and Pomegranate Salad, Olive, Pistachio and Pomegranate Salad, Pomegranate and Banana Salad, Pomegranate Salsa, and Burghul Salad with Pomegranates.

You can browse all of our Pomegranate recipes here. And browse all of our Salad recipes here. Or be inspired by our Mid Winter recipes.

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Haydari | A Turkish Yoghurt Dip

A Turkish Dip

Haydari is a thick dip and spread made from strained yoghurt which is called suzme in Turkish. It is very much like the Middle Eastern labne. Spread it on toast or flat breads, or serve with salads or chargrilled vegetables and tofu.

Looking for other Turkish recipes? Browse them here. Or browse our Dips, Sauces and Salsas here. Our favourites are Cacik and Pawpaw Salsa. You might like our Yoghurt recipes here. Or be inspired by our Winter recipes here.

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Spicy Rustic Red Lentil Soup with Thick Thick Yoghurt

In my palette of dried beans and lentils, it is the red lentil that is used least of all. I am not sure why. Its colour is lively, it is so easy to cook, does not require previous soaking and it falls to a wonderful creamy mush as it cooks. Perfect for when there is never enough time.

Red lentils were one of the four pulses commonly available as I was growing up – red lentils, split peas,  yellow split peas, barley – and was often thrown by the handful into overcooked soups and stews, left bland and forgotten at the bottom of the dish in an era when spices and herbs were not to be found in any Proper Country Australian Housewife’s kitchen. These women knew how to cook vegetables and meat for their men, but not “these dried things”.

That certainly has changed. This red lentil, called Masoor Dal in India, has a solid place in the pantry now. It is not to be confused with Toor Dal, commonly called Red Gram or Red Lentils in Indian recipes.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Thai Red Lentil SoupRed Lentil Soup with Ginger, Garlic and Spices, and Red Lentils and Mung Dal.

Browse all of our Red Lentil recipes and all of our Soups. We have other Turkish recipes. Or find inspiration in our easy Early Winter recipes.

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Semi Dried Tomatoes with Pomegranate Molasses

In this Indian Summer weather, some dried tomatoes with pomegranate molasses / syrup, seems perfect, especially when eaten with thick thick yoghurt.  Also perfect but a little different are dried tomatoes with sumac. Drying tomatoes concentrates the sugars, and this makes them a perfect foil for pomegranate or sumac.

Why not make your own Pomegranate Molasses? Also make some Pomegranate Honey – it keeps you healthy all through winter. This is how you extract the Pomegranate Juice.

Or try Pomegranate SalsaTomato and Pomegranate Salad, and Pomegranate and Banana Salad.

You might like to also make Haloumi Pizza with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Oven Dried Tomatoes with Sumac, and Du Puy Lentils with Oven Dried Tomatoes.

All of our Middle Eastern recipes are here, the Tomato recipes here and Pomegranate recipes here.  Find inspiration in our Mid Autumn recipes.

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