How to Make Bulgur Pilavi - A Nutritious Turkish Bulgur Pilaf (Wheat) Recipe
Bulgur Pilaf, called bulgur pilavi in Turkish is one of the many great varieties of nutritious and healthy pilaf side dishes in the Turkish cuisine which has long been a common favorite among the Turks.
This wonderful dish is made mainly with bulgur, a quick-cooking form of whole wheat which is often confused as crack wheat.
Bulgur is in fact whole wheat which has undergone a unique age-old process of cleaning, parboiling, drying and grinding that has resulted into a quick-cooking form of whole wheat. This ancient process of turning wheat into bulgur had originated in the Mediterranean and has become an integral part of Middle Eastern cuisine for thousands of years.
In making bulgur pilavi, red tomatoes, onions, green peppers, olive oil, and other spices are usually added to make wondefully nutritious side dish.
In Turkey, bulgur pilav is usually served with any variety of meat
dishes such as kofte (meatball), kebap (kebab), and any casserole dishes. Check out the recipe below to make a healthy and nutritious bulgur pilaf.
- 1 cup bulgur, large grain
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 green pepper, finely chopped
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 2 cups chicken or beef stock
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 ½ tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
- 1 teaspoon salt
Heat oil in a pan. Sauté the onion and green pepper for a few minutes over medium heat until soft.
Add tomatoes, butter, and tomato paste and season with salt. Stir.
Pour in warm beef or chicken broth along with the bulgur. Stir thoroughly and bring to a full boil.
Reduce heat to simmer and cover the pan as soon as the liquid starts to evaporate.
Cook for about 15-20 minutes more or until bulgur is tender.
Best served hot with grilled meat, chicken or any casserole dish.
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