Kisir (Turkish bulgur salad)

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    In this classic Turkish salad the bulgur grains are not cooked but soaked and worked by hand to soften. It is important to use only aromatic sun-ripened tomatoes to give the dish flavour.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 1 to 2 large sun-ripened tomatoes
    • 4 small tea glasses fine or medium bulgur
    • 1 medium onion
    • salt to taste
    • ground cumin to taste
    • pepper to taste
    • paprika to taste
    • 1 small bunch spring onions, minced
    • finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, to taste
    • finely chopped fresh mint, to taste
    • fresh basil, to taste
    • olive oil, to taste
    • pomegranate juice, to taste

    Method
    Prep:25min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Cut a thin slice of about 3cm diameter off the bottom of each tomato. Make 4 cuts in the tomato lengthwise. Wash, rinse and drain the bulgur well. Place it in a bowl and coarsely grate the tomato flesh into the bulgur. At the end all that's left is the tomato skin, which is discarded.
    2. Mince the onion and add it to the bulgur. Season to taste with salt, cumin, pepper and paprika. Mix well and let it sit for 30 minutes.
    3. Rub the bulgur between your hands until it has softened and absorbed the juice from the tomatoes.
    4. Stir in spring onions, parsley, mint and basil and add olive oil and pomegranate juice to taste. Refrigerate until serving, up to 12 hours. The longer it soaks, the more intense the flavour, but do not let is soak longer than overnight, otherwise it will become watery.

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