Lemony leek stew

September 29, 2014


This is a Turkish dish called "Zeytinyagli pirasa" which means "leeks with olive oil". I used to hate this dish and any leek dish when I was younger, but for some reason I now love leeks and this dish.  It is even better in UK as the leeks here are much smaller and tastier than their Turkish cousins.


It is a simple dish that is best eaten at room temprature and makes a great packed lunch.


You will need;


500 grams Leeks - washed and sliced diagonally about 1-2cm 

2 Carrots - sliced diagonally about 1-2cm

1 medium size Onion -diced

50 gr Rice

Juice of 1 Lemon 

200ml water

70ml olive oil - plus more to serve

1 teaspoon Granulated sugar



This will serve 4-6 and will be ready in 30 minutes.


All you need to do is put all the ingredients in a pot, mix well and bring it to simmering and simmer for 20 minutes until the carrots and leeks are cooked.


This tastes better next day, serve it at room temprature with a drizle of extra virgin olive oil and a slice of lemon.


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