Saturday, 25 January 2014

Kisir (Turkish Bulgur Salad)

Kisir is a Turkish salad that's very popular in Berlin bakeries. It's easy to make and is a great picnic or barbecue food. An important ingredient is ajvar, a paste made of roasted capsicums and sometimes eggplant. If you have a choice, use the kind of ajvar that's deep red, not orange - it has a more intense flavour. You can change up this recipe quite a lot if you want, for example by adding some minced tomatoes or leaving out some of the herbs.

Vegan Kisir (Turkish Bulgur Salad)

Kisir (Turkish Bulgur Salad)

Serves 2 as a meal, 4 as a side


400 ml bulgur
1 tsp salt
400 ml boiling water
1/4 red or white onion
3 cloves garlic
a bunch spring onions
a bunch of flat-leaf parsley and a bunch of mint OR a few handfuls of rocket
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp ajvar
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 pinches chili flakes
a good glug of olive oil


1. Put the bulgur, salt and boiling water in a large bowl.

2. Mince the onion, garlic, mint and parsley. Chop the spring onions. Add to the bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients except the rocket. Mix very well with your hands. Toss with the rocket before serving.

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