Kuru Fasülye and Cacik

This is a Turkish Comfort Food.  One of my favorites.  I love to mix my rice, Kuru Fasülye and cacik together.

Kuru Fasülye

2 cups of cooked white beans –I use dried beans.  I think it tastes better that way.
Pour a good swirl of olive oil in the pan.  at least 1-2  tablespoons.
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 chopped onions
2 chopped red peppers (bell or sweet)
3 chopped tomatoes
2-3 cups of water
1 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of black pepper
2 teaspoons of salt

Treat your beans normally. If you used dried beans, soak beans them in water over night and then the next day, boil them until they are soft.
If you use canned beans, drain and rinse them.
In a pan, add the oil and the onions and peppers and sauté until onions are translucent and the peppers are soft. Add the tomato paste (about 10 minutes.)
Drain the beans whether they were dried or canned, pour into the pot with the onions and peppers.  Add the tomatoes and then the water.  Make sure the water covers the beans.
Add the peppers and salt.  Simmer for 30 minutes or until the stew has thickened.

Serve with rice pilaf

Cacik

1-2 cucumbers shredded
2 cups of yogurt
1 cup of water

salt to taste (about a teaspoon)

*dried mint optional

Combine ingredients and mix well.

Serve on the side in a small bowl chilled.

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