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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bulgur Biryani Recipe-Easy Indian Vegetarian Bulgur Recipes

Bulgur wheat is a staple in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. I love bulgur and use it often in place of rice. What I love about bulgur wheat is its nutty flavor and chewy texture and also it does not need cooking or needs very less cooking. As bulgur wheat is already cooked and dried, it can be prepared quickly. I made this delicious Bulgur biryani (I have named it so) in just 15 minutes.  I enjoyed it with carrot salad and tomato salad. It was a simple yet satisfying lunch. Today we will learn how to make bulgur biryani (Indian style) with step wise pictures.

Bulgur Biryani-Easy Indian Vegetarian Bulgur Recipe

Bulgur Biryani

Bulgur Biryani

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves 1
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Bulgur Wheat
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Bulgur - 1/2 cup
   Water - 1 cup
   Salt needed

   Onion - 1/2 cup thinly sliced
   Green Chilli - 1 slit
   Ginger garlic paste - 3/4 tsp
   Tomato puree - 1/4 cup
   Carrot - 1/3 cup grated
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Mint leaves - fistful (chopped)

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Coriander powder - 1 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
   Biryani masala powder - 1 tsp (available ready made)

  For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 -1 1/2 tbsp
   Bay leaf - 1
   Cloves - 2
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 1-2 tbsp finely chopped


Bring 1 cup of water to rolling boil with a little salt. Pour it over the bulgur, stir and keep it covered. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. It gets cooked as it is already pre-cooked. Drain off excess water, fluff it with a fork and keep it ready.

Cut onions lengthwise and keep it aside. Blend 1 raw tomato and keep it ready.

cooking bulgur wheat


Heat oil in a pan, add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and saute for a few seconds.

Add thinly sliced onions, green chillies and saute until onions turn transparent.

sauteing onions

Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes. Then add tomato puree.

sauteing onions and tomato puree

Add grated carrot, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, biryani masala powder and salt needed.

how to make bulgur wheat biryani

Cook for a few minutes until the raw flavor of the tomato and the spice powder goes.

Add coriander and mint leaves, mix well and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

Bulgur Biryani recipe

Add cooked bulgur, mix well to coat the masala and cook covered for another 2 minutes.

Remove from heat, garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with salad or any raitha of your choice.

Variations - You can also vegetables like peas, sweet corn, mushroom, capsicum and cauliflower.

More Easy Vegetarian Bulgur Recipes

Tabbouleh salad

Bulgur wheat pulao 

Bulgur Wheat Khichdi 

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  1. Can Godhumai Rava be substituted for Bulgur?

    1. If you are substituting godhumai rava for bulgur, you have to cook it as it is not pre-cooked like bulgur. If you do that, you can substitute in place of bulgur.

  2. Hi Padhu : I have always enjoyed your menu lists and tried a few which came out well. Thanks for the wonderful detailing!!!! What is bulgar called in Malayalam (or) Tamil ????

    1. Thank you so much. Bulgur is partially cooked and dried cracked wheat. As it is imported, you will get it only in big super markets. Check my http://www.padhuskitchen.com/2015/01/tabbouleh-salad-recipe-tabbouleh-bulgur.html to know more about bulgur.


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