Tuesday, July 8, 2008

KISIR (turkish)

With the exception of Ugur's mom's cooking this is the best turkish food ever. I crave this all the time. It is, actually, supposed to be an appetizer but we eat it as our meal. You will, definately, feel bloated if you eat too much of this stuff. Which we do. It is called KISIR. You normally don't serve it with jalepenoes but they are good with it. The other things on top are a turkish pepper called tursu. The recipe follows:

1 pound fine bulgur (bulgur wheat)
tomato paste or red pepper paste (not a lot of red pepper paste)
chopped tomatoes (small cubes)
chopped cucumbers (small cubes)
chopped green onions (scallions)
chopped fresh dill or parsley
lemon juice
olive oil
paprika flakes
salt (we don't use it because the tomato paste has enough in it)
tursu peppers (turkish pepper) or jalepenoes peppers (optional)

Everything is to taste.

First soak the bulgur in hot water for about 10 minutes. Than mix the bulgur with the paste really well until the bulgur turns the color of the paste completely, and than mix everything else in using your hands. You can serve this wrapped with green leaf lettuce or just dive in with a fork. Serve cold.
These are all healthy and good for you ingredients but can be high in calories and fat due to the olive oil and bulgur.


Not all recipes are originals created by me. They are just recipes that I have enjoyed and want to share with others. However, I may have adjusted recipes according to my taste.