Thursday, April 15, 2010

GastronomicGallivant:Turkish Tabboleh "Kisir"

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"Kisir" or "Turkish Tabbouleh" is a very popular salad in the middle-east that has ingredients like Bulgur, Spring Onions, Mint, Peppers and Olive Oil. The Lebanese have a variation of this called "Tambouli" and Armenians call it "Eetch". What do I call it? The best ever Tabbouleh I ever tasted. Ergo, Splendid!
A salad it may be but can certainly do double duty as a standalone main dish. Finish off the meal with Bulgur pudding.
Recipe Courtesy: Turkish Cultural Center
  • Fine Bulgur(Duru Bulgur) - 3 cups
  • Water - 3 cups
  • Onion - 1, medium, fine diced
  • Green pepper - 1, fine diced
  • Red Pepper - 1, fine diced
  • Dill Pickles - 3, finely chopped
  • Garlic - 2 Cloves,  minced
  • Parsley - 1 bunch, cleaned and finely chopped
  • Spring Onions - 4 stalk, finely chopped
  • Mint - 3 stalks, finely chopped
  • Basil - 3 stalks, finely chopped
  • Pepper Paste - 2 tbsp (Available in Lebanese, Turkish stores)
  • Pomegranate Syrup - 2 tbsp (Also available in Lebanese, Turkish stores)
  • Olive Oil - 1/2 cup
  • Lemon Juice - Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Red Pepper Flakes - 1/2 tsp
For Garnish:
  • Lettuce Leaves
  • Tomato - 1
  • Mint Leaves - 3-4 stalks
  • Bring the 3 cups of water to a roiling boil in a pan.Pour the Bulgur into the hot water and switch off the stove. Close the pan with a lid and wait till the Bulgur absorbs all water.(This happens in 15-20 minutes).
  • In a skillet, heat half the olive oil and saute the onions,Garlic,Green and Red peppers for 5 minutes.
  • Add the pepper paste, all the spices, chopped green onions and mix.
  • Pour the juice of lemon and Pomegranate syrup.Add the Bulgur and mix gently until evenly incorporated.
  • Cool completely and add the herbs - Parsley, Mint, Basil.
  • Drizzle the remaining olive oil on top.
  • Pile the salad on Lettuce leaves and garnish with sliced tomato and mint leaves.
Makes 8-10 Servings.

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  1. Wow turkish tabboleh looks truly irresistible and colourful..

  2. This salad sounds wonderful I love salads of any kind and this is very delectable.

  3. This looks real yum and as you said, surely looks more like a main dish than just a salad.

  4. This is new to me...this must make a healthy and fabulous it, looks so good :)

  5. Hi dear, fantastic recipe!
    The comment of Octopus...
    Sorry, I misunderstood!

  6. Un taboulé qui semble délicieux.
    Ça rappelle la chaleur de l'été.
    A bientôt.

  7. Love tabbouleh! Also loving all the new and interesting flavors you are introducing me to.

  8. This looks so good it would be great as salad or main dish! I have been using quinoa lately, I need to try more bulgar!

  9. wow wow ..the dish looks too good,....thanks for ur lovely comment in my blog..the lassi is truely urs only....:)..have a nice day....

  10. Tabboleh is soo good it

    Kairali sisters

  11. To be honest, I don't think I've ever encountered a Turkish dish that I don't like. Love how colorful this is!

  12. மிகவும் சூப்பராக இருக்கின்றது..அருமையான உணவு...

  13. I love it!!! What a great reminder that this is a wonderful dish to use garden parsley and mint! Thanks.

    btw, love the You Tube Video.

  14. I had this dish in Istanbul and I loved it so much! I also had it at an Armenian restaurant in Beirut. Thanks for the recipe, it is a great one

  15. That's looks awesome. Never tried Turkish recipes.

  16. mhm looks very colourful and delicious..Thanks for ur vishu wishes dear...Missed ur few posts last fewdays..was busy with Vishu celebrations..will catch up :)

  17. Looks delicious n yummy dear well presented n nice pics..

  18. மிக அருமையாக இருக்கு,பார்த்ததும் சாப்பிடத்தோனுது!!

  19. Thanks for introducing such a tasty and new dish to me. Very well presented.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. wow..tyhis looks os amazing,..and so colorful...very healthy too!

  21. wow, looks so yummy and delicious. love the addition of pomegranate syrup and pepper paste. one more reason for me to visit international groceries now,.

  22. Surely a yummy salad , with the herbs and exotic juiced it is something special with bulgur.
    i make simpler versions of this salad n a few are posted last year , this is so healthy n i like it as a standalone meal.
    BTW buckwheat is not related to wheat and is a different grain altogether...

  23. love the vibrant you said, very filling!

  24. hmmm it looks so exotic, could u pls pass me the plate.

  25. lovely, I love this too!!, looks so delicious, well presented too!!, feels like I could take a scoop!!


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