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Yahni With Celery Root


Yahni With Celery Root

Yahni is one of the most traditional foods of Turkish cuisine. It’s mainly meat (lamb or beef) cooked with onion for long hours. Actually with the help of technology you don’t have to cook it so long. Using a pressure cooker reduces the time of course.

In this recipe I made yahni with celery root. Celery root is used very often in Turkish cuisine. Olive oil celery root, celery root salad, celery root soup are the most loved ones.

In this recipe the ingredients are minimal but the flavor is legendary. Of course, the meat must be cooked very well to be so. I know there are those who have great difficulties in cooking meat. It’s not a complicated actually. First of all, your meat must be good. If your meat is good and cooked enough time, there is no reason why meat should not be cooked like Turkish delight (which is a saying used to express that the meat is cooked very well and soft). The problem with meat cooking is not related to meat, but mostly to the use of pots. First, don’t use your pressure cooker according to what your friends say. Your friend’s pot can be cooking in 20 minutes, but it doesn’t mean that your pot will do the same. Read the user manual of your pot, in the first time just use as written in the user manual and in the other times you can increase or decrease the time. Familiarize with you pot and act accordingly.

In the recipes we use meat and vegetables together, so we should pay extra attention to cooking time. Celery and meat will not cook in the same time. For this reason, the meat should be cooked almost completely and celery should be added later. The time you need will vary depending on the vegetables you use and size of the chopped vegetables. For this reason, it is necessary to act according to your own conditions, not the cooking times given in the recipes. Make your decisions using your five senses (tasting, sniffing, hearing, seeing, touching).

Enjoy the recipe…

Yahni With Celery Root


  • 500 g chopped beef,
  • 2 (500 g) celery roots, chopped,
  • 1 onion, chopped,
  • 4-5 tablespoons vegetable oil,
  • Water,
  • Salt.


  1. Heat pressure cooker and add into the meat,
  2. Saute until it changes colour,
  3. Add the oil and the onion, and sauté until the onion is softened,
  4. Add 2-3 cups of boiling water, cover the lid and cook until almost done,
  5. Open the lid and add the celery, if necessary add more boiling water and cook until the celery softens,
  6. Add the salt, stir and remove from the heat.

Enjoy your meal…


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