Türlü (roasted vegetable stew)
This vegan dish comes from Cyprus and can be eaten hot, warm or cold – it involves roasting veg with a colourful combination of herbs and sweet, warm spices
- Serves: 8 persons
- 1large aubergine
- 2large onions
- 2large red peppers or Romano peppers
- 4large green peppers
- 4large ripe plum tomatoes
- 4large garlic cloves, peeled and bashed
- 50ml olive oil
- ½tsp ground cloves
- ½tsp ground coriander
- ½tsp paprika
- 1tsp dried oregano
- ¾tsp sea salt flakes
- ¾tsp freshly ground black peppercorns
- 1vegetable stock cube
- 2tbsp tomato purée
- 1tbsp Turkish sweet red pepper paste
- 1tbsp lemon juice
- 1tbsp plain flour
- ½cinnamon stick
- 1large bay leaf
- 1-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Step 1Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cut the aubergine and courgettes into 3-4cm chunks, then lay out flat on baking sheets or large plates. Sprinkle evenly with 1 tsp of fine sea salt then leave for 15 minutes to release their juices. Pat dry with some kitchen paper and put in a large, deep roasting tray.
Step 2Cut the onions, peppers and tomatoes into chunks, ensuring they are similar in size to the other vegetables. Add to the roasting tray along with the garlic. In a bowl, mix together the olive oil, cloves, coriander, paprika, oregano and half of the sea salt flakes and cracked black pepper, then stir the mixture into all of the vegetables, using clean hands to toss everything together. Ensure that all of the vegetables are coated and spread them out evenly.
Step 3Bake for 30 minutes (stirring gently halfway through) while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Dissolve the stock cube, tomato purée and pepper paste in 600ml of just-boiled water in a heatproof jug.
Step 4After 30 minutes, remove the roasting tray from the oven, gently stir the vegetables, then drizzle over the lemon juice and sprinkle over the flour, remaining sea salt flakes and cracked black pepper. Nestle the cinnamon stick and bay leaf into the mixture and carefully pour over the stock. Increase the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7 and return the roasting tray to the oven for a further 45 minutes, gently stirring halfway through. Remove the tray from the oven and let the vegetables cool until warm. Drizzle over the extra-virgin olive oil just before serving.