Turkish Leeks in Olive Oil

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Mercy

From "The Complete Book of Turkish Cooking". The author suggests serving this dish cold with lemon juice.

Top Review by raising3saints

MUCH better cold, so be sure to allow time for chilling before serving. I lived in Istanbul for a year and ate this regularly - the taste of this recipe is authentic.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Trim leeks and remove a few of the outer layers.
  2. Slice 3/4" thick, discard tough green leaves.
  3. Wash leeks well in several changes of water.
  4. In a heavy skillet, heat olive oil.
  5. Stir in leeks and carrots.
  6. Cover and cook very gently (low heat) for 30 minutes, shaking the skillet occasionally.
  7. Blend in the remaining ingredients in order.
  8. Cover and simmer for another 30 minutes, checking the liquid and adding more water, if necessary.
  9. When fully cooked, it should be very moist but not watery.

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