‘Braised Green Beans’ means ‘Taze Fasülye’ in Turkish and it is a delicious and a classic Turkish cuisine vegetarian meze. ‘Braised Green Beans’ is a very simple meze to prepare. In Turkey, some restaurants consider this delicious dish as a meze and some consider it as a side dish. It is the combination of braised green beans, extra virgin olive oil, onion and summer tomatoes. Is that it? Yes, that is the all ingredients you need. Just make sure you use extra virgin olive oil and summer tomatoes while making this dish. It will be ready in 30 minutes and it will be one of your favorite dishes.
There are two cooking types of this delicious dish in Turkey. One is with a pressure cooker and other one is normal cooking in a saucepan with lid. Some restaurants use pressure cooker to increase the quantity to serve, but I can easily feel the taste if it is cooked in pressure cooker or normal method within saucepan. In my opinion, always prefer normal method because pressure cookers are killing the quality of the green beans and gives a dull taste.
The Story of Braised Green Beans.
As I mention above; we say ‘Taze Fasülye’ to ‘braised green beans’ in Turkish. ‘Taze’ means ‘fresh’ and ‘Fasülye’ means ‘beans’ in English. The Latin name of this vegetable is ‘Phaseolus vulgaris’. So when we spell ‘phaseolus’ word, its sound like ‘fasülye’ in Turkish. So basically we made a mix Latin and Turkish dish name.
There is no specific information when exactly ‘Green Beans’ involved to Ottoman cuisine, but some Ottoman historians says it is after 1450s. Historians say ‘Green Beans’ came from Spain’s Al-Andalus region of the Ottoman Empire.
At that period, Al-Andalus (Muslim Iberia or Muslim Spain) and the Ottoman Empire had close relations between each other because both were Muslim country. Al-Andalus merchants and Ottoman merchants were making mutual trade. As a vegetable, ‘Green Beans’ grow in warm regions and if we consider the Spain’s location, we see that it has the optimum weather conditions to grow ‘Green Beans’. So it makes sense when we think how this dish involved to Ottoman cuisine.
Today, ‘Green Beans’ widely grow in the southern part of Turkey. Antalya city is one of the biggest producers of ‘Green Beans’ in Turkey because they have the best weather condition to grow such vegetables. Let’s make this delicious meze.
Braised Grain Beans
- 500 g fresh green beans, cut into 3 pieces
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup onion diced
- 1 cup tomatoes diced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup water
Pour the extra virgin olive oil, diced onions and diced tomatoes in to a pan. Then put the green beans in a pan and stir them.
Add the sugar, black pepper and salt and water and stir all and close the lid. Cook over medium-low heat about 35 minutes.
Serve hot or cold.
Tip: I always prefer olive oiled dishes to be served cold. Let the dish rest in the refrigerator for an hour or some. You will taste the difference.