How to make Turli

Today I will show you how to make Turli. If you ever go to Albania, you will notice one thing for sure, Turli is their most popular dish. They also have a synonym for it. Because they make Turli almost every day in the summer, they call it “Summer Dish” (Gjelle Vere).

The reasons why this dish is so popular in Albania are because it is simple to make, it has everyday ingredients and it is delicious as hell. What we are making today is going to be a little bit twisted from the traditional recipe so get your vegetables ready and start cooking.

And if you are too lazy, here is my video on how to make Turli, which is also a Vegan version.

Preparing the Vegetables

Quick fact, tomatoes are considered fruits, even cucumbers. Basically everything that has seeds. As the first step, we need to peal the tomatoes. Pealing them is very difficult if you are not using this trick. After pealing the tomatoes, use a blender to blend all of them. For faster and better results, add 1/2 cup of water. This will make the blending more efficient, and the paste smoother.

chopped veggies

Secondly chop the onion finely, just like my friend Gordon Ramsey does.

Thirdly, julienne the eggplant, the red pepper, the green pepper and the zucchini. It is important not to mix them together because they require different times to cook. Lastly, take the beef and mozzarella and cut it in small dice format.

diced beef

How to make Turli

In a hot pan, add some olive oil, enough to fry all the vegetables. I would suggest around 3 tbsp. Put the meat first and start to stir it so that it doesn’t stick to the pan. In a minute or two, add the chopped onion and continue to stir it. After we mix the onion with the meat, add the peppers. When the peppers start softening (around 4-5 minutes cooking), add the eggplant and the zucchini.

Cook the dish until all the vegetables are properly cooked on low heat. If the heat is too high, there is a good chance that half of the vegetables will be either under-cooked or burned. Low heat is very important. The best way to make Turli is to fry every ingredient separately and mix them together at this step but this way is more time consuming.

How to make Turli

When you notice that all the vegetables are done, add the blended tomatoes. Cover the pan, and leave Turli to simmer until the water from the tomatoes is almost gone. You will notice that the color of the tomato sauce transforms from pink to a dark red, just like in the picture. 5 minutes from the end, add salt, thyme and mozzarella. Cover the pan to melt the cheese.

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Turli with Vegetables and Beef (Ratatouille)

If you ever go to Albania, you will notice one thing for sure, Turli is their most popular dish. They also have a synonym for it. Because they make Turli almost every day in the summer, they call it “Summer Dish” (Gjelle Vere).
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Albanian
Servings 6 people
Calories 800 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 200 gr Beef
  • 150 gr Mozzarella
  • 6 Tomatoes
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 Thyme

Instructions
 

Preparing the Vegetables for Turli

  • Quick fact, tomatoes are considered fruits, even cucumbers. Basically everything that has seeds. As the first step, we need to peel the tomatoes. Peeling them is very difficult if you are not using this trick. After peeling the tomatoes, use a blender to blend all of them. For faster and better results, add 1/2 cup of water. This will make the blending more efficient, and the paste smoother.
  • Secondly chop the onion finely.
  • Thirdly, julienne the eggplant, the red pepper, the green pepper and the zucchini. It is important not to mix them together because they require different times to cook. Lastly, take the beef and mozzarella and cut it in small dice format.

Preparing Turli

  • In a hot pan, add some olive oil, enough to fry all the vegetables. I would suggest around 3 tbsp. Put the meat first and start to stir it so that it doesn’t stick to the pan. In a minute or two, add the chopped onion and continue to stir it. After we mix the onion with the meat, add the peppers. When the peppers start softening (around 4-5 minutes cooking), add the eggplant and the zucchini.
  • Cook the dish until all the vegetables are properly cooked on low heat. If the heat is too high, there is a good chance that half of the vegetables will be either under-cooked or burned. Low heat is very important. The best way to make Turli is to fry every ingredient separately and mix them together at this step but this way is more time consuming.
  • When you notice that all the vegetables are done, add the blended tomatoes. Cover the pan, and leave Turli to simmer until the water from the tomatoes is almost gone. You will notice that the color of the tomato sauce transforms from pink to a dark red, just like in the picture. 5 minutes from the end, add salt, thyme and mozzarella. Cover the pan to melt the cheese.
Keyword Albanian Food, Albanian Recipe, Turli

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