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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bulgur with Peas and Mint-Easy Vegetarian Indian Bulgur Recipes

Whole grains are good source of fiber and other important nutrients. I love to include different types of grains in my diet like millets, buckwheat, rice, wheat, quinao, sorghum, oats, amaranth etc. Today we are going to make a very simple and quick dish with bulgur. You need just 15-20 minutes of your time to make this filling and nutritious lunch. Bulgur is often confused with cracked wheat, which is crushed wheat grain that has not been parboiled. Bulgur is a kind of dried cracked wheat which is parboiled. It is most common in European and Middle Eastern cuisine. As bulgur is parboiled, it simply needs to be soaked in hot water or broth. Sounds simple isn't' it? We can make anything from pilafs to salads to side dishes with bulgur. According to Whole Grains Council - Bulgur has more fiber than quinoa, oats, millet, buckwheat or corn. Its quick cooking time and mild flavor make it ideal for those new to whole grain cooking. Today we will make a quick and nutritious pilaf with bulgur, peas, herbs and nuts. 

Bulgur with Peas and Mint

Bulgur with Peas and Mint

Bulgur with Peas and Mint

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Bulgur
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Bulgur Wheat- 1/2 cup
   Water - 1 cup
   Onion - 1 medium size
   Green chilli - 2 slit
   Ginger garlic paste - 3/4 tsp
   Fresh or frozen Peas - 1/3 cup
   Fresh Mint leaves - fistful
   Fresh Coriander leaves - fistful

   For the seasoning

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

   For garnishing

   Pecans or mixed seeds


Finely chop onions and par boil peas (if using fresh ones) with a little salt.

Bring 1 cup of water to rolling boil, remove from heat and add bulgur to it with 1/4 tsp of salt. Stir, cover and let it stand for 20 minutes. Drain any excess liquid, fluff it with a fork and keep it aside.

how to cook bulgur


In a pan, heat oil, add bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon. Saute for a few seconds and add finely chopped onions.

saute onions

Saute until onions turn transparent. Add green chillies, ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw flavor goes.

vegetarian bulgur recipe

Add peas, coriander leaves, mint leaves, salt needed and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Add the cooked bulgur, mix well and cook for another 2 minutes. To make it more nutritious, I have topped it with chopped pecans. You can also top it with mixed seeds. That's it. Filling, nutritious and delicious bulgur peas pilaf is ready.

Indian bulgur recipe

Note - Water ratio - for 1 part bulgur wheat you need of 2 parts water (1 : 2). You can also use vegetable broth instead of water.

More Bulgur Recipes

Tabbouleh Salad

Bulgur Wheat Pulao

Bulgur wheat Khichdi 

Bulgur Vegetable Biryani

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  1. Yummy and flavorful Rice. Cooked to perfection.

  2. where can we get bulgur in india?

    1. You will get it in big supermarkets or online. Try gourmet shops also.

  3. it is not daliya?? that we use in indian cooking?

    1. It is precooked/parboiled cracked wheat. So just by adding boiling water, it gets cooked. Daliya is uncooked cracked wheat.


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