The Kalkanoğlu restaurant in the heart of the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul has maintained the culinary tradition of Trabzon with its signature dish, rice with beef and tomato paste, so good it is sold by the kilo! We have tweaked their version with the option of red pepper paste.
800 ml water 300 g beef fillet, cut into medium dice 300 g rice, soaked in water for 30 minutes, drained 150 g tomato paste / red pepper paste 60 g butter 15 ml olive oil 15 g salt 5 g black pepper
In a large pot combine choice of paste with the water and salt. Boil, add rice, reduce heat. Cook until rice has absorbed the liquid. Melt butter and oil in a large frying pan, brown the beef, no more than that. Fold meat into the rice. Serve, dressed with black pepper.