Winter’s coming to Turkey and it’s time to make sure you have enough dried vegetables for the cold winter’s months ahead.
Housewives have been busy stringing red peppers, eggplant, zucchinis and okra and hanging them up to dry in the sun.
You can also buy them in the markets. Demand is high at this time of the year and this shop we saw in Gaziantep three weeks ago sold mostly dried peppers with a few dried eggplant and dried zucchini for sale as well.
The dried vegetables will then be used to make dolma. They will be rehydrated and stuffed with a delicious rice or bulgar and meat filling. Of course you don’t have to use meat, you can always make a vegetarian version.
It’s definitely one of Turkey’s best known dishes and easy to make!