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Turkish Pea Stew

  • Author: Maša Ofei
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6


A Turkish pea stew that is loaded with veggies and hearty goodness. Easy to make and a meal that the whole family can enjoy! This recipe can be served as a main or a side.


  • ½ cup / 50g TVP (textured vegetable protein)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, finely diced
  • 380g / .84 pounds (around 34 med) potatoes, finely diced 
  • 1 medium red pepper (capsicum), finely diced
  • 4 cups / 500g green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 heaped tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 vegetable stock cube (or 1 heaped teaspoon of powder)
  • 2 cups / 500ml water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust as needed)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, freshly cracked


  1. In a small bowl, add the TVP, pour boiling water to submerge it, and cover it with a lid or plate. Set aside.
  2. Before you start cooking, chop up the onion, garlic, carrot, potatoes, red pepper, and tomatoes. Keep each one separate. 
  3.  To a large pot on medium-high heat, add the olive oil, onions, and garlic. Saute for a couple of minutes until it gets a bit of colour. 
  4. Add in the carrot and potatoes, stirring for about 30 seconds to ensure that the potatoes don’t stick to the bottom. If they start to catch, add a splash of water to deglaze the pot. Let it cook for 5 minutes, covered partially with a lid. 
  5. Drain and rinse the TVP and add it to the pot with red pepper, green peas, tomatoes, tomato paste, and smoked paprika. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  6. Add in the stock cube and water and cook for 10 minutes with the lid partially on. 
  7. Lastly, add salt and pepper and cook until the potatoes are cooked. This should take about 5 minutes. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. 
  8. Serve warm with some bread or on its own. This dish makes a great side or as a main. 
  • Diet: Vegan