KISIR (First published: Monday, November 25, 2019)
Serves : 6
This is a Turkish recipe for the lovely fresh salad made with bulgur wheat. I like to serve it with crisp lettuce leaves to scoop it up, or to accompany it with roast chicken or fish.
250 ml (1 cup) boiling water
30 ml (2 tablespoons) tomato paste
15 ml (1 tablespoon) sweet paprika
5 ml (1 teaspoon) salt
200 gm bulgur wheat
2,5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) freshly ground black pepper
60 ml (4 tablespoons) olive oil
30 ml (2 tablespoons) pomegranate molasses
juice of ½ lemon
10 cherry tomatoes, finely chopped
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
5 spring onion, finely sliced
1 cucumber, halved, deseeded and finely chopped
handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
handful of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
lettuce leaves such as Little gems to serve
1. Mix the boiling water with the tomato paste, paprika and salt. Put the bulgur wheat into a bowl and pour the water mixture over. Cover the bowl and let it stand for 15 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed.
2. Mix the olive oil, pomegranate molasses and black pepper together. Fluff up the bulgur wheat with a fork. Pour over the olive oil mixture and add the tomatoes, peppers, spring onion and cucumber. Mix in the parsley and mint.
3. Serve at room temperature with the lettuce leaves to scoop it up.