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Turkish Bulgur Pilaf Recipe

Turkish style bulgur pilaf is a classic hearty and healthy side dish dish that is very easy to make. It's a great alternative to rice and can be served with many dishes. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Shadi HasanzadeNemati


  • 2 cups bulgur coarse
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 3 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 1/2 cup water


  • Wash the bulgur in a bowl and set it aside. 
  • Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Saute onion until translucent and then add the minced garlic. Cook for a minute. 
  • Add in diced green pepper and cook for a few minutes until it softens. 
  • Add in chopped tomatoes and stir well. Cook until they start releasing their juice. 
  • Add the tomato paste and mix well so it combines with the other ingredients. 
  • Add salt and pepper and add in the bulgur. Stir well. 
  • Turn the heat to medium high and add the water. Once it comes to simmer, lower the heat to medium, cover with a lid and cook for about 20-25 minutes until the water is almost completely evaporated. 
  • Wrap the lid in a clean kitchen towel and place it on the pot. Turn the heat to medium low and cook for another 10 minutes. 
  • Turn the heat off the let the bulgur sit for 5 minutes untouched, then fluff it with a fork and serve. 


Calories: 250kcal