Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Bulgur Pilaf

(Bulgur Pilavi)

Bulgur Pilaf
1 cup Turkish bulgur, large grain, washed and drained
2 cups hot chicken broth
(or 2 cups water and 1 chicken bouillon)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, diced
1 cubanelle or green pepper, chunk
2 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt (if you use a bouillon then 1/2 tsp salt)

Saute the onion with the butter in a medium-sized pot. Add the tomato, green pepper, green onion, salt and warm chicken broth. When the water stars bubbling, pour in the bulgur and stir. Cook on low heat with the lid half covered. Stir occasionally until the water evaporates.

Serve Bulgur Pilaf with Ayran or Cacık. It's a tasteful, light and healthy dish you can have for lunch on its own. It also goes very well as a side dish with any kind of chicken meal.

* This is a vegetarian dish (use two cups of water instead of chicken broth or bouillon).



At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dedigin gibi hele Ayran ve cacikÄla ne güzel olur ellerine saglik, en cok sevdigim pilav cesitlerinden biri.

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Tuhfe nin dedigi gibi yanina bir de kirmizi sogan eklemeliyiz...

At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur abla my name is Ayse
im nine years old and i love your food! i am turkish cypriot and my mum tayibe makes food just like you!
your the best recipe-maker ever! i made you a little rhyme:

if your ever stuck for dinner ask binnur,her recipes really shimmer if your hungry and want a snack,ask binnur for a recipe im sure she'll give you a pack!!

At 11:13 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sweet sweet Aysecik:)
You are the best poet, thank you very much:) The last poem written by
my husband when I was pregnant for my first child...and it was a very
long time ago. You reminded me of some great memories, thank you for
that:) You make me smile, I wish you to all the smiles of the world, take care:)
Please also say merhaba to your mum from me, she sure is a very good cook:)
Binnur abla

At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made the bulgar pilaf today and I found myself adding water to the pot because the bulgar was still uncooked and hard. After a while the bulgar was soft but I had actually added to much water. Do you suggest I soak the bulgar in water for some time before I add it to the pot? Also mine didn't look as red. Did you also add some crushed tomatoes? Also is bulgar supposed to be a bit more clumpy than rice? Thanks for your help.

At 5:05 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Some bulgur grains may be hard. Wash it with hot water and drain. If you like soak it into the hot water for a few minutes. While you cook always add little by little hot water if necessary. I did not use crushed tomato for it but you can use also use tomato paste and yes, Bulgur Pilaf is more clumpy the rice pilaf:)

At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Filipino and my husband is American, but I love turkish food. I like lamb a lot. My husband doesn't like lamb but one time I made Adana Kebab using your recipe He loved it. A lot of times we go to a Turkish restaurant. Your recipes are great!!

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't have any peppers so I substituted a can of Rotel diced tomatoes and chilies. Turned out great. Hot and spicy...

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,is bulgur same material with couscous ? or something very similar ?

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Kuskus (Couscous) is a small tiny ball shape pasta, Bulgur is grain that come in different sizes.

At 6:33 PM, Blogger umsami said...

Wow, this was yummy. Even my two year old loved it! I made it with one red pepper, one orange pepper, one onion, 1/2 can of chopped tomatoes w/ green chilis, 2 T of tomato paste, bulgur, and chicken bouillion cube. When all of the broth was almost gone, I turned off the heat, placed a paper towel over it, and then put the lid on it. I left it for 15-20 minutes and it was perfect. Thanks so much!

At 1:47 PM, Blogger lifestream87 said...

This is a very tasty and simple recipe. Thank you so much!

At 3:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Atilla from austraia. Thank at all for delicicous recepies looking forward for new dishes.
Enjoy the cousince guys!
anne seni çoooook özlediöm :):)

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Sinan Uşşaklı said...

My mom is coming to visit me for a month and I'm cooking this for her now. Looks delicious.

At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i tried the recipe and it turned out great.all i need now is a recipe for kuru fasulye

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

I've already posted Kidney Beans with Lamb recipe which is under the Lamb & Beef section.
On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box. So you can search on my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to find any recipe that I have posted:)

At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 clickle ulastim, sadece google a turkce bulgur pilavi yazip . ulasilabilme super iyi . simdi pilavimi yapacagim . tarif super simple ... thx

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! My Turkish boyfriend sent this to me as I wanted to make some bulgur for dinner. :) I shared it with my friend and we absolutely loved it!

I'm not a very good cook at all, but your recipes are simply easy and wonderful and I will definitely test them out on my boyfriend - hopefully he'll enjoy some Turkish meals for dinner in America! :)

My boyfriend also doesn't care for bulgur, but maybe he'll like it after this recipe!

At 3:36 AM, Blogger Ethemcan said...

Birazcıkta kirmizi pul biberle harika oldu! Ellerinize sağlık, tarif için teşekkürler!

At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is purpose of washing and afterwards draining the Bulgur? I didn't wash the Bulgur and it ended up being sticky after all the water evaporated in the pot.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

To remove the starch, you need to wash and drain rice or bulgur.
Otherwise you will have sticky pilaf like risotto:)

At 1:11 AM, Anonymous Le cuisinier des US said...

I really like Bulgur, so I'm eager to try this version of Turkish Bulgur.

Thanks !

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Turkish bulgur the same in taste as Marrocan couscous?

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Kuskus (Couscous) is a small tiny ball shape pasta, Bulgur is grain that come in different sizes. I've already posted some recipes for them:)

At 2:50 PM, Anonymous L&J said...

Hi Binnur - tried this recipe tonight and it was fantastic! We moved to Istanbul a few weeks ago and have been wanting to learn to cook a few basic Turkish foods. I didn't have any green peppers but it was great. I added a little garlic and tomato paste to the mix and served it with Fasulye.

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi L&J,
I am glad you liked it:)
Health to your hands (Ellerine saglik)!

At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

My name is Manuel originality from Bozcaada Turkey I wanted a recipe for hosmeri and yours came up I made it this morning and it tasted like the one I used to have with dad when we went to Cannakkale when I was little brought me memories way back, cok tesekurler and I will be cookin few more recipes from your sight.

Best regards


At 10:54 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Manny,
Teşekkür ederim:) I visited Bozcaada once and I loved it. I hope to have a chance to visit it in the future again:)

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this recipe, it's the only one I've found that doesn't sautee the grains first (which is how my aunt used to make it). I've added a grated carrot to the onion in the beginning, hope it comes out well!

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I hope it turned out well:)


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