Quail Beans in Olive Oil

Difficulty Schwierigkeitslevel: 2

40 minutes

Recipe for aromatic quail beans with carrots, onions and olive oil

This is a genuine Turkish grandmother’s recipe! Slowly simmered and prepared with love, it is full of flavour and absolutely delicious. Conveniently, you can either eat it lukewarm or serve it as a cold side dish to an evening meal on hot summer days.


500gdried pinto beans
1 tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
60g extra virgin olive oil
2 large onions, finely diced
2-3 large carrots, peeled and cut into slices
3-4 fresh garlic cloves, peeled only
1½ tbsp Salça (tomato puree and/or red pepper paste)
4-5 stems of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
some extra virgin olive oil



Soak the pinto beans in sufficient water for at least 12 hours. Then wash thoroughly and place in a pan with plenty of fresh water. Add salt and sugar. Cook over a medium heat for about 35-45 minutes. Occasionally skim off the grey-coloured foam and throw away. The beans should still be slightly firm to the bite, drain off the cooking water and put aside to cool.


Gently heat 3-4 tbsp of olive oil in a coated pan and sauté the onions briefly. Then add the carrot slices, the whole garlic cloves and Salça and fry for about 2 minutes. At the same time, boil the water in the kettle.


Add the salt, sugar and pinto beans. Add the hot water until the beans are just covered. Simmer over a low to medium heat with the lid on for about 25-30 minutes. Remove from the stove and again add 1-2 tbsp olive oil and stir in. Allow to cool in the pan. Sprinkle with chopped parsley to serve and then serve lukewarm or cold.


Alternative version: You can also add a small diced potato to the carrots or fresh, peeled diced tomatoes instead of Salça.

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