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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. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Turkish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250 kcal
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


  1. Wash the bulgur in a bowl and set it aside. 

  2. Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Saute onion until translucent and then add the minced garlic. Cook for a minute. 

  3. Add in diced green pepper and cook for a few minutes until it softens. 

  4. Add in chopped tomatoes and stir well. Cook until they start releasing their juice. 

  5. Add the tomato paste and mix well so it combines with the other ingredients. 

  6. Add salt and pepper and add in the bulgur. Stir well. 

  7. 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. 

  8. 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. 

  9. Turn the heat off the let the bulgur sit for 5 minutes untouched, then fluff it with a fork and serve.