03 July 2009

Steamed String beans & Carrots (Dible)

Print Friendly and PDF All of you know string beans, we use it a lot in summer dishes. here's another recipe for string beans that's cooked very commenly in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, called "Dible". I hear you ask: "What is Dible?" the meaning of the word comes from when you slightly burn the food at the bottom of the pot. The result is similarly something like that, but ofcourse you don't get burnt food, as you can see in the picture. It's a light meal of any one of string beans, kale, cabbage, peas, or aubergine with rice. It's nutritioning and easy to cook, 20 minutes tops.

  • 1/2 kg fresh string beans, stringed and chopped to 1cm pieces
  • 1 middle size carrot, chopped
  • 1 middle size onion, chopped
  • 1/2 a small cup of rice, washed and strained
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 a small cup of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • salt


  1. Put the chopped string beans, chopped carrots and onions in a pot. Add the hot water and put on low heat to cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and cook for 15 more minutes.
  3. When the water has boiled down and your rice is cooked add the olive oil and salt and leave to brew like cooked rice for 10 minutes.
  4. It's done! Surprised? Yes, it's that easy. Afiyet olsun!


  • After it's cooked you can add stir fried peppers and dry mint.
  • Some string beans leave a lot of water. You might not want to add extra water.
  • If you prefer you can also add small amounts of aubergine, corvettes, potatoes, etc...
  • When choosing which string beans to buy at the market, take care to look for beans with lively color and no spots. Pick a bean if you can and snap in two, it should have no strings and should snap easily.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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