Easy Bulgur Pilaf

Easy Bulgur Pilaf

Actually, this recipe is not pilaf, there are quite a few pilaf recipes on the website. Let me introduce bulgur to you, and how it's cooked. The same friend who gave me the Kataifi noodles as a gift made me become "addicted" to bulgur and pepper paste (sweet pepper, in my case). For more than a year now it has been one of our favorite cereals for pilaf and all kinds of vegetable garnishes.

Bulgur is actually the wheat grain, peeled and pre-cooked. It's done very quickly and pilaf made from it will have separate grains, with a very good and interesting texture.

My first dish cooked with bulgur was just a kind of garnish/pilaf with onions, pepper paste and bulgur. The whole family ate with great pleasure and since then I've recommended it to everyone who came to visit.


Bulgur wheat
1 cup
2 cups
Chicken breast
1 piece
1 piece
White onion
1 piece
Tomato paste
1 tsp
or bell pepper paste
1 tsp
to taste
Ground black pepper
0.25 tsp
to taste
Laurel leaves
2 pieces
Sunflower oil
50 ml

Step by step

Step 1

This is what bulgur looks like.

Wash under cold water just like rice, two or three times. Drain well.

Easy Bulgur Pilaf - Step 1
Step 2

Prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Easy Bulgur Pilaf - Step 2
Step 3

Cut the chicken breast into thin slices.

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Step 4

Julienne the onion and the carrot.

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Step 5

Heat the oil well in a deep frying pan or a heavy-bottomed pot.

Add the chicken breast, and stir periodically until it stops releasing juice.

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Step 6

Add the carrot and onion, cook together for another five minutes.

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Step 7

Add the pepper/tomato paste, mix well. Cook for another five minutes.

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Step 8

Put the bulgur, stir.

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Step 9

Pour water.

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Step 10

Season with salt, pepper and bay leaf. Mix well.

When it comes to boil, turn the heat to low and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

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Step 11

All this time it has been boiling without a lid. Notice it's swollen now. If you taste it, it's done.

And yet, not perfect :)

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Step 12

To bring it to its ideal state, turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid.

Let all the flavors infuse for 20-30 minutes. The bulgur will absorb the rest of the juice, it will have separate grains and won't be sticky.

Notice that I didn't mix at all since it started to boil after adding the spices and the water.

Easy Bulgur Pilaf - Step 12
Step 13

After this time, serve with whatever you like - salad, pickles etc.

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Step 14

Have a closer look here.


Easy Bulgur Pilaf - Step 14
Quantity: 2 kg (6-7 servings)
Prep time: 45 min
Difficulty: easy
Ready in: 30 min
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