Almost Turkish Recipes

Zucchini with Rice (Pirinçli Kabak)

Light zucchini dishes are the best for hot summer days. This one has been one of my favorites with yogurt on the side since my childhood. Since it's cooked with olive oil you can have it cold, too. I don't like to cover the flavor of dill and mint, so I don't use tomatoes or tomato paste. If you want some color in your zucchini dish, add 2 grated tomatoes or 1 can of petite diced tomato before zucchini. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes and then add zucchini and water. With rice, mint, and dill it appeals even to those who don't like zucchini.

5 medium size zucchinis, scraped and cut in 1/2 inch quarters
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
2-3 tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, cut in quarters
1/3 cup white rice
1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped or 2 tbsp dried mint flakes
1/2 bunch dill, chopped
1 cup water
salt and pepper

-Heat oil in a broad and shallow pot. Saute onion, carrot, and garlic until soft.
-Add zucchini and water.
-Wait until it starts boiling and then add rice (If you add rice before it boils, then rice turns mushy).
-Add salt, pepper, pepper flakes (optional), and mint.
-Cover and simmer on low until rice is cooked, approximately 25 minutes.
-Add dill after you turn it off.
-You can serve it warm or cold. It goes well with yogurt and fresh bread.

This summer recipe with fresh mint and dill is for Kalyn's Weekend Herb Blogging which is hosted by Anh of Food Lover's Journey.


  1. All your food sounds good to me! This is very similar to something my mother used to make. You'll probably get a laugh out of this, but in our family we called it "Arabian Stew" because mother learned the recipe from a friend who was Persian. I believe her version also had cucumber, added at the very end of the cooking time.

  2. Thanks, Kalyn! I didn't know this was a Persian recipe, too. I have never cooked with cucumbers, but I think I'll give it a try next time i cook zucchini.

  3. I love the use of fresh herbs, especially mint, with cooked vegetables. It's such fun to learn more about Turkish cooking through your blog.

  4. Burcu, I really love rice dish like this. A perfect combo!

  5. This sounds lovely for Summer. I really like dill, mint and yogurt flavours together so I'm book marking this one for later!

  6. I would love that cold. Yum! It looks perfect for the upcoming squash season! :):)

  7. That looks so great!

  8. i was wondering if this recipe is also Thracian.. my grandmother calls this dish "kabak kalle" and it was the favorite dish to celebrate the spring with the fresh garlic..

  9. Burcu, your recipes never disappoint me! I made this for dinner tonight and it was wonderful, so perfect after a warm summer day. I'll be glad for some of what's leftover in the next few days.

  10. Anonymous10:26 AM

    "Kabak kalye", yemegin ismi bu. Elinize saglik. A.