Bulgur pilavi (Turkish bulgur pilaf)

    1 hour

    This Turkish bulgur dish is perfect for Ramadan. You can enjoy it anytime, of course. It's wonderful as a side to kebabs.

    3 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, minced
    • 1 ripe tomato, cut into small cubes
    • 700ml beef stock
    • 280g bulgur, rinsed
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 100g cooked green lentils
    • 80g cooked chickpeas
    • 1 bunch fresh mint, chopped

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot oil until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir tomatoes through the onion; continue cooking until tomatoes soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour beef stock over the onion and tomato mixture; bring to the boil.
    2. Stir bulgur into the boiling stock; season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook at a simmer until the bulgur begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Add lentils and chickpeas; continue cooking until the moisture evaporates and the bulgur is tender, 3 to 5 minutes more.
    3. Remove the frying pan from heat. Set aside to cool about 30 minutes. Fold mint into the bulgur mixture to serve.

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    Okay, I made it as directed and it's not bad!!! But I suspected the proportions mights have been off. My suggestion would be to increase the lentils 1/2 cup and the chickpeas 1/2 cup and you should be on point. The bulgur just seems to be rather top-heavy. In any case, healthy & filling!!! Love me some Middle-Eastern Cuisine ;-)  -  18 Sep 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Wow - this is really good! The fresh mint kicks it over the top. Changes I made: vegetable broth instead of beef broth to make the recipe vegetarian, increased lentils, used a whole can of chickpeas, used a can of diced tomatoes instead of a fresh tomato. I was surprised by the large qty -- would be a generous side dish for maybe 10 people. Thanks for sharing this excellent recipe!  -  29 Aug 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Nice recipe, I added in some ground beef and switched a cup of rice for the two cups of bulgur.  -  01 Apr 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)