Knotgrass / Madimak

KnotgrassI was all greens this week-end. It is spring and in the markets you can see herbs that are not always there very often. Knotgrass is one of them. It is very common in cities like Tokat, Sivas, Artvin. It is becoming common in cities with people who want to cook organic products.

Knotgrass was made popular also by Harry Potter, they prepared magical potions with it. Actually I think it might be really magical, because it is good for so many things; from diarrhea, coughs, bronchial catarrh, inflammations of the mouth, liver and kidney disorders. The best part of it is, it grows naturally in forests and gardens.

KnotgrassMake sure you wash it well. Cut off and discard thick stems and check and take out different herbs.

Traditionally you should be adding about 100 gram pastrami. If you choose to do so cut to thin slices. I have added about 100 gram of sucuk in mine. I first diced it and then cut every dice to four. Next time I will definitely go for the vegetarian one and will not add any meat. It is all up to you actually.

I have classified this recipe as “quick and easy” too, as there is really not much to do after you wash the herb. You cust chop an onion, mix the tomato paste and add the knotgrass. Mix well and enjoy with a spoon of plain yogurt.

Knotgrass with Turkish Pastrami / Pastirmali Madimak
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Yes, this is the magical herb from Harry Potter, but this time it is turned into a very healthy dish. You can leave out the pastrami and turn it into a vegetarian dish too. Knotgrass is an edible annual herb, available only during spring.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Knotgrass with Turkish Pastrami / Pastirmali Madimak
Print Recipe
Yes, this is the magical herb from Harry Potter, but this time it is turned into a very healthy dish. You can leave out the pastrami and turn it into a vegetarian dish too. Knotgrass is an edible annual herb, available only during spring.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Wash the knotgrass. Cut to edible pieces.
  2. Chop the onions.
  3. Add the olive oil to a large pot. Add the onions. Cook until they soften and then add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook, mixing, for another two minutes.
  5. Slice the pastrami to small pieces. If not available you can also use sucuk, also slices. Or you can completely skip this step to make a vegetarian dish, which will be good as well.
  6. Add the knotgrass. Saute it, until it starts to leave off its water.
  7. Add 3 tablespoons grounded bulghur. Mix.
  8. Add about a glass of warm water+. Cover the lid.
  9. Cook first high, and then low heat until the bulghur and the knotgrass is cooked. Add salt, mix and close the heat.
  10. Serve with warm as a main dish with plain yogurt. You can also use yogurt with crushed garlic. Enjoy.
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