Sunday, October 7, 2012

KISIR-TURKISH TABULI

Kısır/Tabuli is an excellent light salad, appetizer or side dish. It is low in calories, high in fiber and rich with fresh vegetables and herbs. It is a perfect dish for spring and summer when fresh vegetables and herbs are abundant.


Kısır is absolutely a refreshing and very flexible dish. There are many variations. You can add or take some ingredients. Generally, summer time we add more vegetables such as: tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, lettuce so on. Winter time we prepare it with pepper and tomato paste. Currently you can find all vegetables all year around.

Fine Bulgur (top left), Coarse Bulgur (top right), Kisir with greens, tomato,cucumber,dill and parsley
Bulgur is produced in four distinct grinds or sizes (#1 Fine, #2 Medium, #3 Coarse and #4 Extra Coarse grinds). Whole-grain high-fiber bulgur can be found in natural food stores, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Mediterranean markets, and health food stores or online. For kısır we use fine or medium bulgur. I prefer fine bulgur.

Serves for 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Easy recipe (no cooking involved)

Ingredients:

2 cups fine bulgur (I prefer Duru Brand köftelik bulgur)
1 small onion chopped, about ¾ cup
1 bunch green onion (6-8), chopped
1 cup chopped parsley
2 tbsp chopped dill
1/4 cup mild pepper paste (there is a hot version if you like spicy)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint or 1 tsp dry mint
1 tomato, finely chopped (optional)
1 cucumber, finally chopped (optional)
1 Green Bell pepper or colored pepper, finely chopped (optional)
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt (or adjust for your taste)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dry basil
½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
¼ cup olive oil
4-6 tbsp lemon juice (your taste)
1/4 pomegranate concentrate*

*There is pomegranate molasses. If you use pomegranate molasses then do not use it too much because molasses is sour and sweet. It will make Kısır too sweet. I use Sera brand Pomegranate concentrate or dressing. If you cannot find in your area just use more lemon juice.

Directions:

1. Add one cup of cold water and two cups of fine bulgur in a bowl and mix. Let it sit about 15 minutes or until you chop all the vegetables and herbs. If you use medium grain you can use hot water. (Do not add to much water otherwise your salad is going to be mushy).

2. Finely chop the parsley, dill, onions, cucumber, pepper, and tomato and place them into a separate bowl.

3. Juice the fresh lemon and pour it over the bulgur. Add olive oil, pepper paste and tomato paste, black pepper, salt and other spices in. Mix well.

4. Place the chopped veggies and herbs over the bulgur and mix well.

5. Garnish Kısır with romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber and parsley and serve

6. Refrigerate any left over. You can make a big batch of kısır recipe and eat it for several days.


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