This recipe comes after an amazing experience I had at Varhap Usta Restaurant, in Konyaalti, Antalya. The dish was served as an – on-the-house appetizer and was the signature of the restaurant. This recipe below is my own version and although not the exact same, it is as close as I think it could be. Adding the maple sugar was for its healthiness, but it also adds an amazing earthy flavour with just the right amount of sweetness. On its own, this recipe is gluten free.
- 2-3 large red bell peppers
- 4 large garlic cloves
- 75 ml olive oil (more if desired)
Sea salt, to taste
Hot pepper powder, to taste
2 tsp maple sugar
Topping: whipped Turkish yoghurt
In a pot, heath the oil and saute the peppers until soft on medium heat. Turn down the heat to low and add the garlic (ensuring the garlic does not burn).
Then add the salt and cook on low for 20 minutes. Add the hot pepper powder and maple sugar and stir. Cook covered for another 10 minutes on low.
Put on a plate and slightly cool.
Spoon a hefty amount of whipped Turkish yoghurt on top. Voila!
East with a freshly baked bread of enjoy entirely on its own.