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Turlu turlu

Turlu Turlu

Turlu Turlu is a Turkish vegetable dish similar to Ratatouille. There are numerous variations, including many with meat.


  • 2 cups eggplant, in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 green Hungarian peppers
  • 3 artichokes
  • 1 Tbsp coriander seed
  • ½ tsp fenugreek
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Turkish pepper paste
  • ¼ cup wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • bay leaves
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped herbs (parsley, mint and dill)


  1. 1

    Place cubed eggplant in a bowl. Sprinkle the salt and massage it into the eggplant for about 2 minutes. Let excess water drain for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients.

  2. 2

    Chop tomatoes, onions, zucchini and Hungarian peppers into 1-inch cubes. Peel and quarter artichokes and remove choke. Grind spices.

  3. 3

    Squeeze eggplant cubes with your hands to remove the bitter juice. Rinse in running water, drain well and squeeze out juice one more time.

  4. 4

    Place eggplant, chopped vegetables, herbs and spices in a pot. Mix pepper paste, vinegar and oil together in a bowl and pour into the pot. Add bay leaf and stir. Put the pot on medium heat and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until vegetables are softened, 45 minutes or a little longer. Cover if liquid is evaporating too quickly.

  5. 5

    Clean green beans. Add the green beans and garlic to the pot and cook for 10 more minutes. Salt, if needed.

  6. 6

    Turn off heat and let cool for 20 minutes. Incorporate chopped herbs when serving.

A variation of the Georgian Ratatouille from The Spice Trekkers Cook at Home