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Old 16th May 2008, 12:34   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone

I have a bit of silly question so don't laugh. When ever I go into Migros or the like I can never find tinned chopped tomatoes.

Do chopped tomatoes exist in Turkey and what is the turkish name for them? I have tried several different cans of tomatoes in tins but none are the chopped ones we get here. (End up with hot pepper paste once, me and my friend choked when we started eating)

Please help as going self catering this summer with soon to be hubby this year and guess whos doing the cooking!!

Also any tips on rice, which is the best brand to buy and best way to cook. I can't seem to cook rice when in Turkey. The first time I cooked rice for my man it turned out like pudding rice much to his amusement. Would like to prove I can cook rice!
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Old 16th May 2008, 12:43   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tomatoes & Rice - Silly Question

I asked one of the chefs in Yalikavak - and got a demo. We love the turkish rice, it seems to have more flavour, don't know why. Anyway, he cooked his in butter, before adding hot stock. I wash it first, saute some onion and garlic, add rice, hot stock (twice volume of rice), simmer until holes appear in the surface of the rice, turn off heat, put clean cloth over saucepan, jam on lid and leave it for 15 mts. Can't say it's ever as good as the rice we eat in Turkey, but we all love it .
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Re: Tomatoes & Rice - Silly Question

You can get tinned chopped tomatoes in the supermarkets although I can't tell you exactly what the tins look like. It's a bit hit-and-miss.

Rather than using plain water for cooking rice in, many people use chicken stock and they also add butter or margarine during the cooking.

The rice used in Turkey is very similar to what is generally sold in the UK as "pudding rice" and has a much larger grain than most Brits are used to seeing.

The best rice to buy is either Basmati or Jasmine. It's a little more expensive than normal rice, at about 6 - 7YTL per kilo.

Use plenty of water and don't let it boil for more than 8 minutes. Tip it out of the saucepan, into a sieve and either rinse it with hot water from the tap or pour a kettle of boiling water over it to wash the excess starch off. I don't put very much salt in mine at the cooking stage. I prefer to put soya sauce on it when it's served.

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Re: Tomatoes & Rice - Silly Question

Yes I cook my rice in turkey like this butter, onions, stock but the rice in turkey seems to have much bigger grains than at home, where it always goes a bit soggy when I use this method, also when you cook it like this its more of a pilaf and you dont really need a sauce with it, as you do with boiled rice.

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Re: Tomatoes & Rice - Silly Question

Just thought of something else, if you can only get ordinary tin toms, I always just use a clean pair of kitchen scissors and just chop then in the tin.

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Re: Tomatoes & Rice - Silly Question

Can you just take a couple of tins of chopped tomatoes and a box of boil in the bag rice sachets? Shouldn't take too much room in the case!
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Boil in the bag !!!!!!!!!!!!

You start using language like that on here and the Cooking Police will be after you !!!!
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Re: Tomatoes & Rice - Silly Question

Thanks for the tips so far guys. I would like to take stuff in the case but going for a month and as he is Turkish I don't think I could take enough rice. But I had thought about it! Still haven't given up on the idea getting a friendly chef to make me some each day and sneaking it in

Thing is I can cook so its annoying when things don't work out.
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Hi we buy chopped tinned toms in Migros,would probably have to find a large store the small ones have limited stocks,i think the brand was called Tat.
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Re: Tomatoes & Rice - Silly Question

You can make your own tomotoes like tin tomotoes only better. Just put fresh tomotoes in bit of boiling water and mash them don't have to have tins.
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