Artichoke with peas

April 28th, 2006  | Category: Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian

Braised Artichoke with Peas

Artichoke in olive oil is a traditional Turkish appetizer. It has many variations when it comes to the topping, such as potatoes & carrots, broad beans & dill or as in my case: Peas.

This is one of those vegetable dishes, which I hated eating growing up as a child and started treasuring it in my 20s.



  • 4 artichokes
  • 1+1/2 cup fresh peas
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 shallots
  • 4-6 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons


  1. Cut the stalks off the artichokes, remove all the tough outer leaves and trim until you reach the tender heart. Rub with lemon all over.
  2. In a bowl mix 3 cups of tap water and juice of a lemon. Place the rubbed artichokes in this liquid and set aside.
  3. Cook the shallots in olive oil until transparent, add the peas, salt, sugar, juice of 1 lemon and 4 cups of boiling water. After simmering for 10 minutes, add the artichokes facing down and continue cooking on medium low heat until the artichokes are tender (30-45 minutes; add more boiling water as necessary).
  4. Let cool in the same pot with the lid on. Serve room temperature or cold.

Note: Always use a stainless-steel knife and a stainless-steel pot. Iron or aluminum will turn the artichokes to an unappetizing color.

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  1. 1 - melisa on April 28th, 2006

    süper ellerine sağlık:)

  2. 2 - Tijen on April 29th, 2006

    merhaba cenk,
    ben de sizin sitenizi kesfetmis oldum sayenizde. adresinizi de linklerime ekledim. siz de hem mutfakta zen’i, hem de ingilizce blogum‘u listenize eklerseniz çok mutlu olurum.
    iyi haftasonlari.

  3. 3 - Glutton Cat on April 29th, 2006

    It looks like just the one my mom used to make.

    Also try adding some corn and shredded cheese on top, and put it in the oven for about 10 min. just until the cheese melts.

  4. 4 - zeynep on May 3rd, 2006

    cok guzel bir blog. tebrik ederim, ozellikle fotograflari cok begendim.
    ellerinize saglik!

  5. 5 - keiko on May 8th, 2006

    Hi Cenk – I love artichokes and this looks fabulous! Beautiful picture too…

  6. 6 - Cenk on May 8th, 2006

    Melissa, Zeynep, Keiko – Thank you very much for your kind words.

    Glutton Cat – Next time, I will try with the added corn and cheese. I am sure it will be delicious.

  7. 7 - Ela on May 14th, 2007

    LOVE the blog!

  8. 8 - granolagirl on August 2nd, 2010


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