Red Kidney Beans (Pinto Beans)
A Pilaki is a type of Turkish dish called a meze (or mezze). The Turkish word meze means “taste, flavor, or snack,” which gives a clear picture to the purpose of these small plates that are traditionally served with drinks before a main meal, similar to tapas in Spain. Pilaki is the category of meze cooked in olive oil and containing onion, garlic, carrots, tomato or tomato paste, and a bit of sugar. Barbunya Pilaki consists of borlotti beans (also known as Roman or cranberry beans) that are cooked in this style. If you can’t find borlotti beans, kidney beans and pinto beans come from the same family and work well as a substitute in this recipe.