Turkish Stewed Green Beans

Turkish Green Beans

I’ve always loved Turkish food. Mainly the vegetarian things like turkish pizza with potato, mushrooms or spinach and cheese, kabak (zucchini puffs), their dips, falafels and Michael loved their chicken skewers (of course he doesn’t anymore!). The other dish that I really enjoy is their green beans stew called Fasulye. It’s great with bread, rice or on it’s own.

I’ve always been a fan of simple, hearty, tasty dishes. Especially traditional dishes from different cultures. Something so simple can have so much meaning and depth of flavour. Enjoy the simplicity of this meal 🙂

Turkish Green Beans

Turkish Stewed Green Beans

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Serving Size: 3-4


  • 1.5 cups of basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 big onion, finely chopped
  • 500 grams of fresh green beans, trip top and bottom
  • 1 can (400 g) of diced tomatoes or 3 large fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Rinse the rice well and cook as per packet instructions.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the chopped onion until lightly brown.
  3. Add the beans and stir them until they slightly change colour. This will take approximately 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and garlic (and sugar if you wish) and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add water, salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cover the pan and cook on low until the beans are soft. You may need to add more water as it keeps cooking, check on it and stir every 8-10 minutes. This should take 35-45 minutes.
  7. Serve with rice hot or as a side cold.

3 comments… add one
  • Elizabeth 17/01/2016 Reply

    Thank-you for such a lovely recipe, and few ingredients as well 🙂
    I can taste it already!


  • sarah 07/05/2017 Reply

    Merhaba! Stumbled across this & wanted to mention that fasulye just means beans! Taze fasulye is green beans in particular 🙂 Also in my family we typically add some whole allspice. Personally I enjoy a bit of fresh lemon when it is almost done cooking. Afiyet olsun ❤

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