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Adana's Local Olive Oil: Stuffed Artichokes


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Mar 30, 2024
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Adana's Local Olive Oil: Stuffed Artichokes​

Stuffed artichoke, which has a special place among the local dishes of Adana, is a dish that draws attention with its olive oil and delicious stuffing. Stuffed artichokes, which are among the indispensables of Adana cuisine, are both healthy and delicious.
Stuffed artichokes is a dish made by separating the leaves of fresh artichokes, cleaning the inside and then stuffing them with the prepared stuffing. Stuffed artichokes are usually cooked with olive oil and lemon juice. Its filling consists of rice, onions, greens and spices. This dish, which belongs to the Adana region, is consumed especially in the summer months.

Making the Stuffed Artichokes​

Making stuffed artichokes is a process that requires a lot of care. Here are the steps you need to do to make stuffed artichokes:
  • 1. First, clean the leaves of fresh and large artichokes. Cut the edges of the leaves into a flat shape.
  • 2. Then cut the bottom part (stem part) of the artichokes and clean the inside by carving. Soak the artichokes in a bowl of water with lemon so that they do not turn black.
  • 3. Prepare the rice in a bowl to prepare the stuffing. Wash and drain the rice. Chop the onion and fry in butter. Then add the rice and fry some more. Cook the rice by adding hot water to it. Add finely chopped greens, spices and salt to the cooked rice.
  • 4. Add some of the prepared rice to the artichokes and smooth the top. Arrange the artichokes upright in the pot.
  • 5. Place lemon slices on the artichokes and start cooking by adding water to the bottom of the pot.
  • 6. After preparing all the stuffed artichokes in this way and placing them in the pot, cook them on low heat until the water evaporates.

Serving Stuffed Artichokes​

Stuffed artichokes are usually served cold. While serving, you should drizzle olive oil on it, garnish with lemon slices and parsley. You can serve it with yogurt on the side. You can also choose a salad prepared with greens in addition to stuffed artichokes.
Stuffed artichokes are not only delicious, but also have many health benefits. Here are the health benefits of stuffed artichokes:
Benefits Description Supports Heart Health Thanks to its high fiber content and antioxidants, it protects heart health. It is a Source of Antioxidants Thanks to its high content of antioxidants, it protects the body against free radicals. Supports Digestive System Health Thanks to its high fiber content, it ensures the regular functioning of the digestive system. Detox Effect It provides the removal of toxins in the body and cleans the liver. It is a good diuretic. Thanks to the diuretic feature of artichoke, it ensures the removal of toxins from the body. Reduces Cancer Risk The antioxidants it contains reduce the risk of cancer and strengthen the immune system. Stuffed artichoke, one of Adana's regional olive oil dishes, is a dish that stands out with its taste and health benefits. Prepared with fresh artichokes in summer, this stuffing will add color and taste to your tables. We definitely recommend you try it.

Stuffed Artichokes in Adana Cuisine: The Secret of Taste​

Adana cuisine contains many flavors unique to the city of Adana, located in the south of Turkey. Among these delicacies, especially stuffed artichokes has become a favorite of both locals and tourists. Stuffed artichokes, one of the most popular dishes of Adana cuisine, cheers the palate with its flavor.

What is Stuffed Artichoke?​

Stuffed artichokes are usually made by removing the inner part of the artichoke and filling it with various ingredients. In Adana, this stuffing has its own unique recipe. Stuffed artichokes, unique to Adana, differ in the ingredients and spices used, and differ from stuffed stuffed in other regions.


Ingredients Quantity Artichoke 6 pcs. Onion 2 pcs. Rice 1 glass of minced meat 250 grams of Peanuts 3 tablespoons Butter 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste 1 tablespoon Spices (salt, black pepper, chili flakes) According to your taste


  • Cut off the stems of the artichokes and soak them in water with lemon juice.
  • Melt the butter in a pan and add the finely chopped onions and fry them.
  • Add the minced meat to the roasted onions and fry until the minced meat turns colour.
  • Add the washed rice, pine nuts, tomato paste and spices and mix.
  • Place the mixture you prepared into the artichokes and place them in the pot.
  • Add enough water to cover it and close the lid of the pot.
  • Cook over medium heat until the artichokes are soft.
  • Before serving, squeeze lemon on it and put it on a serving plate.
In Adana cuisine, stuffed artichokes are usually served with yoghurt and fresh mint. It can be made even more delicious by adding chili peppers fried in butter to the yoghurt. Stuffed artichokes can be consumed as a main course or served as an appetizer.
Stuffed artichokes, one of the delicious tastes of Adana cuisine, is a dish that should be tasted, especially when you go to Adana. With this Adana-specific recipe, you can experience all the flavors of Adana cuisine at home.

Characteristics of the Ingredients Used for Stuffed Artichokes in Adana​

Stuffed artichokes is one of the favorite flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. Stuffed artichokes, which have an important place in Adana cuisine, are prepared with special ingredients and served with a special presentation. Here are the details of the ingredients used for stuffed artichokes in Adana:


Quantity Material 6 medium artichokes 1 glass of rice 1 onion 1/2 glass of olive oil 2 tablespoons of currants 2 tablespoons of pine nuts 1 tablespoon of pomegranate syrup 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper 1 water glass of hot water 1 sprig of parsley 1 lemon

Preparation of:​

1. Clean the leaves of the artichokes and put them in water with lemon. This way you prevent them from getting dark.
2. Put water in the pot and wait for it to boil. Add the artichokes to the boiling water and boil for about 10 minutes. Then strain and leave to cool.
3. Finely chop the onion, wash and chop the parsley.
4. For pilaf, heat olive oil in a pan over high heat. Add the onion and fry until it turns pink.
5. Add the currants and pine nuts and fry for a few more minutes.
6. Add the washed rice and fry some more.
7. Add pomegranate syrup, salt and pepper. Stir and add the hot water.
8. After boiling the rice until its water is absorbed, turn off the stove and add the parsley. Stir and let the rice rest for a while.
9. Separate the leaves from the cooled artichokes one by one and put some rice on the bottom.
10. Then place rice between the leaves of each artichoke and wrap it tightly.
11. Arrange the dolmas in the pan and drizzle olive oil on them.
12. Add enough hot water to the pot and cook for about 45 minutes by reducing the heat.
13. After the stuffed artichokes are cooked, leave them at room temperature for a while.
14. Put the stuffed artichokes on a serving plate and garnish with mint leaves or lemon slices.
The serving of stuffed artichokes is also very important in Adana. You can consume this delicious stuffed stuffed cold, which is usually served with olive oil dishes. You can also choose it with yogurt or pickles. Stuffed artichokes, which you can choose for lunch or dinner, is a healthy and satisfying option.
Stuffed artichokes, which have an important place in Adana's rich cuisine, can be preferred during the summer months when artichokes are most delicious. You can spice up your tables with custom-made stuffed artichokes and offer your guests a delicious experience.

Stuffed Artichokes​

Stuffed artichokes are among the popular and delicious dishes of Turkish cuisine. This special dish, which is usually consumed during the summer season, has been one of the indispensable tastes of Turkish tables throughout the ages. The traditional recipe of artichoke is as important as its benefits and history.

History of Artichoke​

Artichoke is a vegetable that emerged from Anatolian lands and is widely grown in Mediterranean countries. Throughout history, the use of artichoke, which has many health benefits, has increased. The Egyptians and Ancient Greeks were among the first societies to discover the benefits of artichokes. In particular, the Romans popularized the artichoke by growing and consuming it on a large scale.
The transition of artichoke to Anatolian lands took place during the Roman Empire. Artichokes have been an indispensable part of Turkish cuisine since the Roman period. Türkiye, which is suitable for the Mediterranean climate, grows the best quality artichokes in the world. For this reason, stuffed artichokes are among the most popular dishes of Turkish cuisine.

Traditional Recipe for Stuffed Artichokes​

The traditional recipe for stuffed artichokes is a flavor secret that has been passed down from generation to generation for many years. This dish, prepared with traditional methods, is especially preferred at dinners and special invitations. Here is the traditional recipe for stuffed artichokes:
Ingredients Preparation Time Cooking Time Serving Amount
  • 10 artichokes
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 cups of hot water
30 minutes 1 hour 6 persons Before starting the recipe for stuffed artichokes, the leaves and stems of the artichokes should be cleaned. Fresh artichokes should be used for this process. After the artichokes are cleaned, they should be kept in water with lemon without peeling them.
For the stuffing, mix rice, finely chopped onion, olive oil, salt and pepper in a saucepan. After the rice is lightly roasted, 2 glasses of hot water are added to it. After the mixture is cooked for a while, the bottom of the stove is turned off.
The leaves of the artichokes are pressed open and the prepared rice mortar is placed inside. Carefully the leaves are wrapped and arranged in the pot. Lemon juice and olive oil are poured over it and the lid of the pot is closed.
Stuffed artichokes, cooked in a preheated 180 degree oven for 1 hour, can be served hot or cold. It offers a delicious taste when consumed with yogurt and salad.
Stuffed artichokes offer a unique flavor when prepared by sticking to the traditional recipe. Stuffed artichoke, which stands out with its taste and health benefits, is an important part of Turkish cuisine.

Stuffed Artichokes in Adana Cuisine: The Secret of Flavor, Properties of Ingredients Used for Stuffed Artichokes in Adana, History and Traditional Recipe of Stuffed Artichokes
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