Although we have no idea how long coronavirus lockdown will continue, it's unlikely that life will go on unaffected. Without succumbing to panic and not forgetting sustainable buying principles, we have been stocking up on a few things that are essential to our pantry.
The easiest place to start is the tinned and dry foods that can stay in the pantry for several months. Tinned foods like tomatoes, beans and coconut milk have been useful for many dishes. Dry staples like pasta, rice and pulses are helpful to have in the house.
We normally prefer buying our pulses dry but working from home considerations (i.e. having to prepare lunch in 2 minutes) has led us to stock up a few tins of borlotti beans, beluga lentils, and chickpeas.
Traditional Barbunya Pilaki is quite a plain meal, mainly prepared by just the beans, onions and tomatoes. We like adding carrots as their sweetness and texture goes well with barbunya. You can add a celery stick or half a bulb of fennel both finely chopped. Most Turkish recipes will also add one potato. This dish can be served warm or cold. As the flavors settle, tastes even better the next day. You can serve as part of a mezze platter or as a delicious vegan course.
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