Monday, December 10, 2007

Sarımsaklı havuç salatası (garlicky carrot salad)

This recipe is everyone's favorite. It is unbelievably simple to make, is healthy, and tastes great. Every time I've taught a Turkish Cooking class and asked what everyone's favorite dish was, this one wins it every time (and therefore gets taught every time).

10 carrots, grated or julienned
4 cloves garlic, mashed or chopped
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 small container plain yogurt
Bread or melba toasts, for serving

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the carrots and about ½ teaspoon of salt and cook until carrots are soft. Do not brown the carrots!

You must continue stirring them occasionally as they cook so that they do not brown. While they are cooking, mix yogurt and garlic in a bowl. When carrots are soft, add them to the bowl with the yogurt-garlic mixture and stir until mixed. Serve warm or cold with bread.

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