Firinda Nohut Yemegi – Garbanzo Beans Baked In Tomato Sauce

A warm, winter comfort food: Beans and tomato. Good complex carbs, protein and fiber to support your digestive system.

In Turkey, beans are one of those things that miraculously unite all people. Rich and poor, religious or not, city dwellers and people from rural areas, no matter who you are, there is one common food that everyone misses a lot when abroad: Beans in a rich tomato sauce, served with rice and ayran (yogurt drink). Some like it soupy, some prefer thicker consistency varieties. Most favor lima beans over garbanzo, my favorite is by far garbanzo beans.

You can make delicious garbanzo beans baked in tomato sauce at home if you follow these steps:


500 g of dried garbanzo beans (you can replace this with canned beans, but I would recommend making it from scratch as that will taste completely different)

2 liters of boiling water

1 teaspoon of baking soda


100 g of butter and 4 tablespoons of sunflower or corn oil

2 onions, grated or chopped very finely

6-7 fresh tomatoes, peeled and grated

1 tablespoon of red pepper paste, optional

3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely or grated

3 cups of boiling water

2 teaspoons of salt

1/4 lemon

You will need to prepare the beans ahead of time. Add garbanzo beans and baking soda into boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes the night before you plan to serve the beans. Remove from the heat, cover and let sit on the kitchen counter overnight.

The next day (around 24 hours later) drain the beans and in a pot (preferably ceramic ware) heat butter and oil, add in onions. Cook until brown, then add in the tomatoes and the pepper paste and simmer for another 5-8 minutes until it reduces and add in the garlic and the beans.

Add the boiling water, salt and the lemon. Cover and simmer on low heat until the beans are almost completely cooked, this will take around 30-45 minutes.

Remove from the heat, transfer to a baking (preferably stone-ceramic ware) pan, cover with foil and bake at 180 degrees for another 20 minutes. I know this all is very much time consuming, but trust me, it is so worth it. Remove from the oven and serve warm-hot with buttered plain rice and ayran (salted yogurt drink, diluted with water).

Also, if you ever make your way to Istanbul, I strongly recommend eating legumes in tomato sauce, haricot beans in particular, in one of these places:


Kemankes Mah. Iskele Cad. No: 10-12

Tophane – Istanbul

TEL.: (0212) 243 65 80

Canak Mangalda Kuru Fasulye:

Karabas Mah. Hisaronu Cad. No:1 Balat

Fatih / Istanbul

Telefon : 0 212 621 58 35

Or you can try any of the “kuru fasulye” eateries lined next to Suleymaniye Mosque. You’ll be surprised by the prices-quality. You’ll thank me later :).

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  1. This soup makes a great hearty meal. You can crtnool the spicy-ness of this soup by the salsa you choose and whether or not you use the dried jalapeno peppers. Try serving this soup with some Texas Skillet Bread .yummmm!

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