Eating our green (beans)

One of my absolute favourite dishes is actually one of the SIMPLEST to prepare.  It’s ‘zeytinyagli fasulye’ or green beans in olive oil.  All you need is 5 ingredients and a pressure cooker (or if no pressure cooker, then you’ll need some more time on your hands.)


  • Green/ runner beans (the long, flat green beans), 1 kilo -de-strung and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 5-6 medium ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • some olive oil – around 4 tbsp
  • 5-7 dried apricots, chopped.
  • some boiled water
  • salt/ pepper to taste.

Use your pressure cooker ideallly, will save you loads of time.  Otherwise just a large pot for the stovetop will do fine.

  1. Saute the garlic/ onion with a tiny bit of oil and water (if needed) until soft, around 5-7 min.
  2. Add the beans and the tomatoes.  Stir well, ensuring tomato coat the beans well.  Add salt/ pepper.
  3. Add the chopped apricots.  These replaces the sugar that many recipes call for, and tastes great too!
  4. Use your discretion on how much water to add.  You need enough to cover the beans but not much more, maybe a cm more.  I added about 1/4 cup of water and it was enough as the tomatoes were quite juicy.
  5. Drizzle the top with the remaining olive oil – I don’t use very much but I don’t find I need it.  Classic recipes call for much more.  Up to you!  Less is more when it comes to oil 🙂
  6. Set the pressure cooker to about 15 minutes and you’re done!  If stovetop, count about an hour, with frequent stirring!

I like to serve with brown rice and a big salad.  So nice on summer days – you can eat it cold and it lasts in the fridge for about 3 days too.

Turkish 'zeytinyagli fasulye' - or green/ runner beans in olive oil.  So good!

Turkish ‘zeytinyagli fasulye’ – or green/ runner beans in olive oil. So good!

Brown rice & beans!  Complete, wholesome, tasty and delish.

Brown rice & beans! Complete, wholesome, tasty and delish.