Anchovy Rice (Hamsili Pilav) Recipe

Friday, October 29, 2010


As i have mentioned yesterday, in black sea region , you can find thousands recipes with anchovy. The rice is one of them . I never tried it before neither in a restaurant or at home so it was nice for me to cook this. I felt it was a real challange for me, i cooked it in a pan not in the oven , so i needed to turn the food and fry both face of it. But i was succesful, honestly i was afraid to screw it but didnt. The result is perfect either look or taste..
I cooked it in a medium pan , wish i have done more:)
Ingredients
1/2 kg fresh anchovy (filleted)
1 onion
1 cup rice (200gr)
pine nuts
currants
oregano
salt
black pepper
cinnamon
corn meal

Let the rice wait in hot water for 20 min, slice onions into small pieces. Cook it with some olive oil for a few min, after add pine nuts, cook few min more than add other spices and currants, i put little cinnamon,not much, some people like it sweet but i dont..
mix it well , drain the rice , pour onto onions , add hot water 2 glass, or it should cover onto rices..
Cook it with low heat till the water goes off ,but dont make it dry.


on the other hand lie some olive oil into pan , cover the outside of anchovies with corn meal and line the base and sides with just over half the anchovy fillets skin side outwards.


Pour the rice mixture into the centre ,


and cover the surface with the remainder of the anchovies.


Sprinkle a little olive oil over , and fry it with low heat 10 min, after 1 side fried , close a plate on the pan reverse it and cook other side of it. i know it sounds difficult but if i done it everybody can!!
Just one note; as the anchovies will get smaller after cooked, you have to put anchovies more,and line anchovies without any hole..
Serve it warm and enjoy with Turkish/Black Sea Region Traditional food.
Bon appetit..



22 comments:

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

What a cool recipe! I've never seen this before!

Emily Malloy said...

This is so creative! I bet it is absolutely full of fantastic flavors, too!

Treat and Trick said...

Very interesting, I never seen such a recipe before, looks so delicious..

eatgreek.net said...

it looks delicious! :D

Dimitris said...

Ι love that dish ... i ate it in Istanbul and it looks that you did a great job !!!

JayP said...

Wow. I'm impressed Yeşim! I hate turning dishes over to cook them. Too much disaster! :) We ate sooo much hamsi in Istanbul when we were there. I've seen it with pilav, but never like this. Might have to attempt it...

Cafe Pepela said...

Merhabalar
Hamsiyi çok severim,Karadenzli olarak hamsili her lezzete varım! :)
Nefis görünüyor,ellerinize sağlık Sevgili Yeşim.
Sevgi ve selamlarımla

gringarl said...

wow I've never seen this way of wrapping pilaf but looks great. Thanks for sharing it

sinfullyspicy said...

I have never seen such a dish with rice & anchovies...looks yum

tasteofbeirut said...

This is the first time I see such a rice and anchovy dish and I am just speechless! It is just wonderful, elegant, dainty and delicious!

zerrin said...

This looks so yummy! You made me crave for this. This dish is one of dishes I would love to try. I don't have that courage to make it at home yet, but will try it one day.

Elisabeth said...

I love anchovies, especially fresh from the Mediterranean. Such a pretty presentation. I could only imagine how delicious this is!

Yesim said...

tx you so much to All, and really it is not hard as much as seen.. if i did, everybody can;)

zahry said...

Thanks for nice recipe! I'll try to cook it soooooon!

Peggy said...

Definitely a creative recipe! I've never seen this use of anchovies before but I love anchovies and see myself trying this very soon!

Indonesia Eats said...

I barely see anchovies that big. I grew up eating small anchovies. I wonder if I can get them here. Looking so good! Anyway, thanks for the vote!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

My husband just saw this recipe and said, "Make this for me"! I does look good, I've never had anything like it. Have a great weekend!
-Gina-

Mrs Multitasker said...

This is so cool! And looks incredibly good. I'm going to try making this I'm sure it's delish :-) thanks for the great idea!

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Couscous & Consciousness said...

Wow - what an incredible looking dish - I have never seen anything like that before. It looks absolutely delicious - I definitely have to try that.

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Magda said...

Wow that's really interesting, I would love to try it.

Zari said...

wow, thank you Yesim.
I had it for first time in a Turkish fish restaurant, it was about 6 months ago. Now I am addicted to this super tasty dish. Whenever I am in Istanbul, I eat at least twice a week of this Hamsili Pilav, hummmmmmm

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