Turkish-Style Braised Leeks Recipe

Turkish-Style Braised Leeks Recipe

In this Turkish-style braised leeks recipe, called prasa, leeks are combined with extra virgin olive oil, carrots, lemon, and a small amount of white rice for a classic Turkish dish that tastes much more than the sum of its parts.

Leeks

Leeks are an unsung hero of the vegetable world. They are in the same family as onions and garlic, and have a similar, but milder flavor. They can be substituted for onions, and are a great addition to soups and stews. Use the more tender white and light green parts of the leek in this dish, saving the dark green tougher part of the leek for stock or broth.

Cleaning Leeks

Leeks often have dirt hidden in their many layers. To clean them, separate the white and light green parts from the dark green top. Slice the white and light green part in half lengthwise, leaving the root end intact. Using your hands, separate the many layers, and look for dirt. Run leeks under cold water, until the dirt rinses away. You may also soak the leeks in a bowl of cold water–let the sand sink to the bottom of the bowl and then lift the leeks out, leaving the dirt behind.

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Traditional Turkish Recipes

A large amount of my vegetable cooking skills come from my Turkish heritage. There is an entire category of dishes in Turkish cuisine called ‘Zeytinyagli’, or ‘With Olive Oil.’ These are basically simple preparations of seasonal vegetables slowly cooked in olive oil. They are simple to prepare and easy to have on hand, as part, or all of, a healthy meal.

Easy Healthy Dinner

Enjoy these Turkish-style braised leeks as part of a meal with Red Lentil Soup with Curry Powder and Spinach, and Broccoli and Sugar Snap Pea Salad.

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Turkish Style Braised Leeks Recipe

The simple few ingredients in this recipe create something amazingly delicious and comforting. Do not be intimidated by the amount of olive oil in this recipe, it is essential to the dish.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
Keyword: braised leeks
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 261kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3 medium leeks
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons white rice*
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed

Instructions

  • Finely dice onion. Cut carrot into half moons (in half lengthwise then slice horizontally). Use white and light green parts of leeks only, thoroughly clean, and cut into 1/3 inch rounds.
  • Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat and add diced onion, cook until starting to soften. Add carrots and cook until starting to soften. Add leeks and stir for a couple of minutes. Add water, sugar and salt. When the water boils, add rice and lemon juice. Cook, covered, on low heat, until rice is cooked through, about 20 minutes. 
  • This dish is best served cold, or at room temperature with a squeeze of lemon and a slice of crusty bread.

Notes

*Note: If you prefer to use brown rice, be sure it is already cooked before adding it to the dish.
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