Etli Kuru Fasulye

(Turkish Dish: White Bean & Lamb Stew)

Etli Kuru Fasulye

Cook time: 40 min

Serves: 2

This Turkish Etli Kuru Fasulye or White Bean Lamb Stew recipe is a traditional dish in Turkey. It is mainly served during the fall and winter months and can be eaten alone as a stew or ladled on top of rice. It's traditionally used with lamb meat, but beef is a perfect substitute.  I got this recipe from my mom, but modified it due to my busy work schedule. Traditionally, this recipe is used with dry white beans and you would need to soak them overnight. I tried this recipe with canned white beans and it tastes just as good. If you are looking for an alternate to red beans and rice, then this recipe is for you!

You will need the following for this Etli Kuru Fasulye Recipe:

  • 2- 15oz. Cans of White Beans (Great Northern Beans or Cannellini Beans)
  • 1/2 lb. of Cubed Lamb or Beef
  • 1 Medium Tomato, Peeled, diced
  • 2 T. Tomato Paste
  • 15 oz. Water
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  •  Beef Bone Marrow (Optional)


1) Prepare this White Bean Lamb recipe by placing the beef bone marrow in a pot and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes (2-3 minutes a side). You do not need to add oil to the pan first as the bone marrow softens and is naturally oily when it starts to cook. Once cooked, set aside.

2) Dice the lamb or beef, then season with salt on both sides. Add them to the same pot as you cooked the beef bone marrow. Allow the meat to cook on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. 

3) Add the tomato paste and make sure to blend thoroughly with the meat.

4) Add the cooked beef bone marrow back in the pot, along with the beans. 

5) Add about 15 oz of water, then increase the heat to bring it to a boil.

6) Allow to cook at a boil for about 1-2 minutes, then lower the heat to low. Then allow to cook for about 25-30 minutes. Once cooked, you can scoop out the bone marrow into the stew or eat it separately as a delicacy!

This Turkish Etli Kuru Fasulye, White Bean Lamb recipe is a stew and not a soup so make sure to monitor the liquid level and add more water, if needed.

To Serve:

Serve hot with crusty bread for dipping or ladle on top of Turkish rice

Beef Bone Marrow

I love cooking with beef bone marrow! It brings a lot of flavor and richness to stews. Not only does it taste good, beef bone marrow has a lot of health benefits, but go easy with it since it is known to have high cholesterol levels. You can easily find beef bone marrow in ethnic grocery stores, although I have seen them occasionally sold at regular chain grocers.

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