Thursday, July 12, 2007

Turkish Cuisine: Kısır

Here's a recipe that we make throughout the summer. It is very healthy and my children really like it.

2 cups of fine bulgur
2 cups of hot water
1 and 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup olive oil
juice of 1 small lemon
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 bunch green onions,finely chopped
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped (do not use flakes)
2 cucumbers, finely chopped
3 tomatoes chopped in bite size pieces
Romaine lettuce leaves

-Put tomato paste in a large bowl and melt with the boiling hot water.
-Add bulgur and 1 tsp salt into this mix.
-Stir and cover with a cloth.
-Let it soak the hot water for 10 minutes. Fluff bulgur with a fork.
-Add next four ingredients. Mix well. Add spring onions, cucumber, and parsley. Mix gently.
-Top with tomatoes.
-Serve the kısır on a bed of lettuce leaves.

If you make it, feel free to email your pics to me and I will post on the blog.

one step at a time...

PS. Christy just sent in a yummy picture. She said this recipe was a winner in her home and she'll make it again. Thanks for sharing, Christy!


  1. Sheri12.7.07

    Hello. This recipe looks wonderful! I am printing it out now. Just one question... how many will this serve? I have a family of 7. Thank you, I enjoy reading your blog very much.

  2. Sheri, I would say it easily serves 8 to 10 people. We usually have leftovers in our family of 6. Hope you like it.

  3. Jocelyn12.7.07

    YUM!That looks good! I want some, please. ;)


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  4. I lived in Turkey for a year and Turkish food is my absolute favorite on planet earth. I miss Manti and ekmek. Greetings and blessings to you. I'm looking forward to reading it all.

  5. Every since I read this yesterday I've been remembering all the good food and all the good people I met in Turkey. I lived in Ankara. I miss the cherry juice and the apricot juice. I miss the Eskender. I miss the lemon wash after dinner (I have some in my fridge I keep on hand. Great for fevers too). If I didn't have my husband and kids, I would be living there now. I can't seem to talk my husband into moving there. LOL I like Turkey better than America and I'm one of the most patriotic America loving persons you could ever meet. LOL I dream of returning for a visit one day, but I know if I return, I won't want to come home. It would be bitter sweet for me and I would probably cry the whole visit.

  6. Allyjo's mama, ooh... Eskender is one of my favorites too. And that cherry juice would be a big hit in the US. My husband thanks someone should market it there. Glad you had a wonderful experience.