Almost Turkish Recipes

Leeks in Olive Oil (Zeytinyağlı Pırasa)







































Pırasa is one of those vegetables that you either love it or hate it. The existence of both positive and negative references to leeks in Turkish culture proves how divided we are on the topic of pırasa as well as many other issues. My favorite saying related to leeks comes from Albanian Turks. When they are very full and cannot eat more, they say "I wouldn't eat, even if it is pırasa." It seems like the divide between the pro- and anti- leek people inspired Baba Zula, a popular Turkish band, to compose a song called pırasa. The lyrics of pırasa goes: "There are two different kinds of people in this world: those who love leek, and those who don't."






































4 regular leeks or 2 King leeks, washed well and chopped in 1/3 inch rounds
1 onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, chopped in rounds or half moons
1/4 cup rice
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of one lemon, if it's a big one half lemon would do.
2/3 - 1 cup hot water, to cover the leeks
1 tsp sugar
Salt


-Heat olive oil in a pot on medium and add onions, cook until soft but not brown. This is an olive oil dish and having browned onions in olive oil dishes changes the taste completely.
-Add carrots and sugar, stir for 3 more minutes
-Add leeks and stir for a couple of minutes until wilted
-Add rice and cook for a minute. 
-Add lemon juice, salt and water to barely cover the leeks.
-Cover and cook on low heat until rice is cooked.
-Let the leeks cool down to room temperature in its own pot, lid closed.
-Transfer to a serving plate and serve at room temperature or cold.

Usually when leeks are served, sliced lemons would be available on the table for extra drops of fresh lemon juice on top. It brings up the flavors beautifully. 

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:12 AM

    My mother used to make a similar dish adding sometimes cabbage too. I hated it as a kid and still don't like it now, but I love leeks, so I really can't explain it!

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  2. Niiiice... One of the finest Turkish comfort-food dishes ever! Certainly better on day two. I find that if you increase the olive oil + onion, it can almost have a dip-like texture.. great for scooping up with pita..

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  3. Anonymous7:26 AM

    Oh, I love leeks and rice (gr. prassorizo)although I also hated as a kid. Sometimes I add some spearmint too.

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  4. Anonymous5:18 AM

    Leeks are of the onion family. So cook without onions the next time and also, add the lemon juice just before you eat. You may want to try.

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  5. Anonymous2:01 PM

    I love zeytinyagli pirasa. Yours looks great! SO true about loving/hating it:) I LOVE it, he HATES it. So sadly I don't get to cook it too often in our house:( I have to convert him somehow:)

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  6. Ouuu that nice onion flavour with rice, I know I'd enjoy this dish.

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  7. This looks delicious. I love leeks, and I can't imagine anyone not liking them as well. I think once you try them you are 'hooked'. Yum.

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  8. Anonymous6:36 AM

    just like i remember from istanbul! thanks for all your great recipes.

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  9. this tastes exactly like my moms recipe! delicious:)

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  10. Anonymous11:01 AM

    Just bought (one prasa from Sainsbury)
    I don't remember how I cooked itbut it seems you need meat to compliment it.Well,tough! I will just put a little oil& tomato puree,or some tinned tomato, stir it awhile then add the chunks of prasa & see it I can enjoy it.(oh it is for one person)
    I never heard of mixing onion or carrots with it.Nor rice in the recipe.
    And if I don't like the result ...into the bin it will go
    p/s Lemon is definitely should be

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  11. Anonymous6:26 AM

    Hi, I was borned and raised in An kara. I love your site. Sema

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  12. We love Prassa! Good thing I watched my mom make it a few times. Bamyas as well!

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