Vartabit Recipe

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Janin (MamiJ) Sayun


A Turkish take on Beans and Toast. Regional recipe from southern Turkey.


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10 Min
15 Min


  • 1
    french bread loaf
  • 1 c
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1
    lemon, juice
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 can(s)
    great northern beans, 15 oz
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 pinch
    each: black pepper, cumin and cayenne pepper
  • 1 stick
    butter or margarine
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper or paprika

How to Make Vartabit


  1. Cut french bread into 1 inch cubes. Place bread cubes in a 9"x13" baking pan (preferably glass). Bake at 180 degrees bread until golden brown.
  2. Maanwhile, mix the tahini with crushed garlic, salt, and lemon juice. Add enough water to this paste to bring the consistency of pancake batter. Drain the beans, and rinse well. Stir the beans into the tahini mixture. At this point you can either mash the beans to make a puree or leave them whole for more texture. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter or margarine until golden brown.Stir in either cayenne or paprika according to taste. Keep warm.
  4. Place bread cubes in serving dish. Spread bean and tahini mixture over bread. Sprinkle spices evenly, starting with black pepper and ending with sumac. Drizzle melted butter over the prepared dish.
    Serve immediately.

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About Vartabit

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian Dairy Free Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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