Turkish cuisine is based on seasonal and fresh produce. But when fruits and vegetables are in abundance some of the harvest is dried out to be used out of season. As a child I have memories of these beautiful purple and red gems lined in balconies to dry out in the heat of the summer sun in Adana. As a result these sun dried vegetables have a rich and more concentrated flavour and are very delicious when stuffed with minced meat, rice,spices and herbs.. —Gamze Mutfakta (Piper Nigrum)
Sun Dried Gerkins, Eggplants, Courgette, Green Bell Peppers
In separate pots, put your dried eggplant, gerkins, courgettes in water.Bring to a boil and leave in that water overnight. Put hot water on the peppers and leave them to soften overnight.
Dice the onions, saute with olive oil and pine nuts. Add the minced meat and cook untill brown. Add the rinsed rice. Stir. Add the spices .İn a glass of water add pepper and tomato paste and stir untill it dissolves. Add it in. Season. Half cook the rice. Add chopped parsley set aside.
Take your vegetables out of the water. Dry them and fill with the warm pilav mixture , but do not overfill.Close them with tomato petals. Place the dolmas in a pot put a plate upside down on top of them. Add just a little water to cover them.Simmer for half an hour until tender. Before serving put lemon juice or Sumac Molasses on top.