Recipe: Turli Perimesh (Albanian Vegetables)

Albanian Vegetables

Serves 4-6

Turli Perimesh is a light and refreshing accompaniment to meat. The influence of Italian cusine on Albania is apparent both in the use of squashes and fresh parsley.


2 medium onions
2 zucchini
1 yellow squash
1 white potato
1 can diced tomatoes (in the summer use 2 fresh tomatoes)
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup water
olive oil


1. Dice all vegetables in 1 inch cubes.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high. Add onion and saute until translucent.

3. Add zucchini and squash, browning lightly.

4. Add potato, tomatoes, parsley, and water.

5. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until all vegetables are tender and water has absorbed.

Serve immediately.

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  1. Grammie Sue aka Mom aka susan says:

    this looks so healthy. How did Keith Alan like it?

  2. We tried this and found it a little dull. I even added salt, pepper, and fresh garlic and used fresh tomatoes. It was good, but not very exciting. I’d make it again, though, if I had these veggies all around at the same time!

    • And this was my favorite out of this meal… seemed the most flavorful (most Albanian recipes are very plain for my taste – not bold flavors).

      I think this dish would be at its best when using homegrown veggies… I wish I had more of a green thumb :)

  3. Let’s try it..

  4. I am Albanian An we do Not cook this dish this way. The way that my mamma tought me has a lot more veggies and plenty of taste… The veggies used in this recepe will not have taste no matter what you put in it. Our turli is a mix of eggplant, okra, zucchini, onions, green onions, tomatoes and potatoes. The best way is to bake it. I’d be happy to share that recepe:)

    • globaltable says:

      I’d love your recipe! Share it here in the comments so everyone can benefit from your experience. Baked sounds lovely, especially this time of year. Thank you so much for coming by the web site and sharing.

  5. I loved this dish – we’ll definitely be adding this to the mix!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Awesome! Sometimes the simplest dishes are the most successful and the most likely to make it into our repertoires :)


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