With fresh herbs, chopped vegetables & chickpeas, this Middle Eastern-style bulgur salad is like a bulked-up tabbouleh.
Kisir is basically a Turkish dish made up of bulgur wheat, buttery chickpeas, assorted vegetables and fresh herbs. An ideal dish to make in bulk and serve as a side dish, or deadly lunch – Kisir is essentially a more filling tabbouleh.
In addition to being delicious, it’s super healthy, high in both fibre and protein, rich in vitamins and minerals and low in fat and calories. What more could you want?
If you’re unfamiliar with bulgur, it’s a chewy and nutty-tasting Middle Eastern grain made from whole wheat kernels that have been parboiled, dried and cracked. In addition to being delicious, it’s super healthy — high in fiber and protein, rich in vitamins and minerals and low in fat and calories. You can find it in most supermarkets near the pasta, rice or hot cereal, and some stores (like Whole Foods) also carry it in bulk bins.
To begin, prepare the bulgur. Since it’s already partially cooked, all you have to do is place it in a bowl with boiling water, cover it with plastic wrap and let it steam for 30 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.
In the meantime, prepare the vegetables and herbs.
I like to soak the red onions in cold water to remove the raw onion taste. This is totally optional — if you like raw onions, skip this step.
Fluff up the cooked bulgur with a fork…
Then combine it with the vegetables, herbs, chickpeas and spices.Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil.
Then toss to combine, season to taste and serve.