Turkey’s favourite salad! It’s so famous they consider it their national dish. Kisir is a hearty, healthy and delicious recipe. It’s full of flavour and infinitely customizable however your family likes it! I like to eat it on its own with a spoon, with lettuce leaves or as a starchy side with chicken or beef.
Simply bursting with flavour, this tomato-y, super easy kisir recipe is inspired by one of our favourite Turkish side dishes.
Healthy, Easy, Delicious.
In other words, this Kisir recipe is our very favourite combination of things! Each and every grain of bulgur is seasoned with spicy Biber Salçasi, juicy tomatoes and an abundance of fresh herbs and spices making for a big bowl of goodness to enjoy during the long summer nights. It’s no wonder the Turkish people love it so much!
Kisir is an easy flavorful vegan recipe that you can eat as an entree or side dish, the best way to enjoy this recipe is on a leaf of remain lettuce and a healthy amount of pomegranate molasses drizzled on the top.
What is bulgur (bulgar)?
Bulgur is the whole grain of wheat that has been parboiled, dried, and cracked into different coarse grades. Thanks to the parboiling progress the bulgur wheat cooks fast and easy. Therefore, making it a perfect grain for salads and quick dinners.
In traditional Middle Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, they eat a lot of bulgur! It’s a healthy staple used in every kitchen and is often preferred over in rice due to the affordability and many uses of the grain.
What is Biber Salçasi?
Biber Salçasi is a famous mild red pepper paste, that’s very popular in Turkish cooking. It’s simple a mildly spicy red pepper that has been deseeded then it’s grounded into a paste and mix with salt. the paste is sundried until the paste achieves a thick pasty consistency⏤ don’t worry it’s not too spicy! Just very mild heat and a little bit bitter.
Where do you find Biber Salçasi?
You can find Biber Salçasi online, in a well-stocked grocery store or in a Middle Eastern food store. Depending on where you live and how big the ethenic community is in your city will give you the indication on which you’ll be able to find this at your local stores or not. So, you may have to order this product online, but don’t worry this paste has many uses.
What are other uses for Biber Salçasi?
Biber Salçasi can be used in pilaf recipes, as a pizza sauce, an add-in for any tomato-based dish, and it can be used in a salad dressing too. In conclusion, you’ll be surprised at how wonderful this paste is at adding a surprising flavour boost to your favourite recipes.
Lots Mediterranean flavours From Pantry Ingredients
Really good Mediterranean food is all about basic ingredients and a little technique. We’ll get to the technique stuff in a minute, but first here’s what you’ll need to make this easy kisir recipe.
- Bulgur #1 fine grade
- Tomato paste
- Biber Salçasi
- fresh tomatoes
- green onions
- fresh herbs (mint, parsley, & dill)
- spices (cumin, paprika, & salt)
How To Make Kisir?
OK, now it’s time for a little technique! Just a few moments of attentiveness will ensure that your savoury kisir salad is just as fluffy and flavorful as it would be at a Turkish restaurant of your dreams! Here’s how easy it is to make kisir:
- Draw out the nutty flavours of the bulgur by toasting the grain in olive oil.
- Add hot water to the bulgur, simmer 3 minutes. Once finished Kill the heat
- Cover and Now, walk away! For 15 whole minutes. No peeking!
- Prepare the rest of the ingredients for the salad.
- Fluff time! This is the fun part. Grab your fork and open that lid, dig in
- Roll up your sleeves, mix everything together and give the salad a nice massage to blend all those flavours together.
- Let it rest! This salad benefits from some relaxation. One hour is good, but if your hungry you don’t have to wait.
- Scoop on to a lettuce leaf and drizzle some pomegranate molasses. Yum!
Frequently asked questions
Where can you buy bulgur wheat?
Where do I find Biber Salçasi?
What can I substitute Biber Salçasi for?
I don’t recommend substituting the Biber Salçasi it gives the dish it’s signature flavour, without it lose the traditional taste profile. However, if you cannot access this ingredient, then I would recommend increase the tomato paste and add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
What is pomegranate molasses? Can I just substitute it with regular molasses?
Pomegranate Molasses is pomegranate juice that has been boiled down to a thick syrup. You can simply make it at home by buying 100% pure pomegranate juice and boiling it down until it becomes a thick syrup. However, don’t confuse pomegranate molasses for grenadine syrup, which is a sweet pomegranate-based syrup used to flavour and add colour to cocktails.
How’d You Like It?
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