Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I remember my mom having her friends over for tea parties when I was around 12-13 years old. This is the same old script with different cast: multiple women speaking loudly and in parallel, children running around unattended and loads of food on the dinner table. You just wait for that moment when you would be at home after school when everyone is gone and the rest of the food is all yours. In this epic movie Kisir is always the lead…
Time: 50 minutes Level : Easy Yield: 6 - 8 servings
2 cups of bulgur
2,5 cups of water
1 tbs tomato paste
1 tbs red pepper paste
5 mid-sized tomatoes
4-5 leaves of scallion
Extra virgin olive oil
The bulgur you need for this salad should be fine bulgur.
Lemon and pomegranate molasses are used to give the sour taste to this salad. However the balance should be managed carefully. If you are adding more lemon juice, reduce the pomegranate molasses amount and vice versa.
Put all of the bulgur into a large mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl mix tomato paste and red pepper paste. Bring all of the water to boil and add the water to the paste mix. Stir this mix and make sure that all the paste is melted in the hot water.
Add this hot water-paste mix to bulgur. Make sure that bulgur is completely mixed with this sauce. Cover the bowl with another plate to make sure the steam is kept inside. Keep the bowl like this for about 20 minutes.
Whilst the bulgur is cooked with the help of hot water; finely chop tomatoes,cucumbers, scallions, parsley and fresh mint.
Make sure the bulgur in the mixing bowl got softer. Put all of the chopped veggies and herbs to this mixing bowl and mix all of the ingredients.
Now it's time for seasoning the salad. The amounts are completely up to your choice of taste. Add extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice,pomegranate molasses, salt, pepper and sumac to the bowl. Mix them finely.
You can let it cool in the fridge for an hour to have a cool snack on a hot summer day or eat it right there to satisfy your inner monster.