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Flat Beans with Olive Oil (Zeytinyağli Yeşil Fasulye)

From the kitchen of Binnur’s Turkish Cookbook.


  • 500 gr flat beans
  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp crushed tomato
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Salt


First, wash the beans, trim both ends and shave along the sides with a knife. In a large pot place the onion and olive oil. Cook them together for about 3-4 minutes. Add the beans, garlic, salt, sugar, tomatoes and crushed tomato. Pour in 1 cup of water. Leave the lid half open and cook for 35-40 minutes, and add another half cup of water midway through. If needed, you can add more water later.

Let cool for half an hour, then place in a service plate. Pour in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil again. Let cool in the fridge. This dish is served cold as a side.

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