Turlitava is an old, traditional Macedonian dish that is prepared with a little more patience and love.

The best thing is when it's made in an earthenware pot, and I received this one as a gift 1 week ago and I immediately decided to use it to make this turlitava. The preparation was a real pleasure for me and it is not complicated at all. You need to have different vegetables and a piece of meat. Sure you can prepare it without meat too. I had 1 piece of meat prepared the previous day, so I just cut it into pieces and added it to the pan.


  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 10 pieces of okra (added 10 minutes before the end)
  • 200 ml tomato sauce
  • 200 ml of water
  • 1 large piece of pork (about 500 g)
  • spices: 1 tablespoon vegetable seasoning (vegeta), 1 tablespoon red pepper, black pepper, bay leaf and dried parsley
  • a little oil


  1. First, cut the meat into pieces and fry it until it gets a little golden colour.
  2. Wash all the vegetables, clean and cut into pieces and put them in a greased fireproof dish. 
  3. Add the pieces of meat. 
  4. Pour the tomato sauce and water, add spices, stir. 

  5. Sprinkle a little oil on top, cover the pot with a lid.
  6. Put to bake in a preheated oven at 200 C degrees (390 F) for the first 1 hour and another 1 hour at 170  C degrees (330 F). 
  7. Just before the end, take out the pot and add the okra and leave it to bake for another 10 minutes.

  8. After baking, leave the pot to cool for 15 minutes and then serve. Cheers!