Rice Pilaf with Carrots and Peas (Havuçlu Ve Bezelyeli Pirinç Pilavı)

A simple rice pilaf can accompany a number of dishes. There might not be anything inherently Turkish about this recipe, but you’ll find it served with numerous Turkish dishes, especially alongside fish or meat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white rice
  • 3 carrots (chopped in squares)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan.
  2. Add carrots and peas and mix together for 2 minutes.
  3. Add rice and mix again.
  4. Add the chicken broth and salt. Adjust the salt to your taste.
  5. Cook on medium heat until it starts boiling and then turn to low heat.
  6. Cook until all the water is absorbed. No need to stir while cooking.
  7. Serve with meat or vegetable dishes.

Turkish Baked Salmon (Fırında Somon Balığı)

This delicious baked salmon is easy to make and brings out the flavors you expect from Turkish dishes. For some the fennel seeds might overpower – feel free to drop down the amount used.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb salmon fillet
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon (juice)

Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to 350º.
  2. Place the salmon fillet on a Pyrex dish.
  3. Rub the fish fillet with the ingredients equally on each side.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil.
  5. When the oven is ready, bake fish covered for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove cover and bake another 15-20 minutes uncovered. Place on serving plates and decorate with dill. Enjoy with rice pilaf or potatoes.