Saturday, November 1, 2008

Bulgur Pilaf with Almonds and Pine Nuts (Bademli ve Çamfıstıklı Bulgur Pilavı)

Bulgur is a versatile staple in Turkey which is cooked in pilafs and many other dishes such as Stuffed Bulgur Shells, Bulgur Salad (Kısır) similar tabouleh and etc. Bulgur pilafs are widely consumed in Turkey using very diverse ingredients. This is another dish that comes from the times of the Ottoman Empire era.

Bulgur pilafs are usually served with meats, vegetables and stews. Using your creativity, it is very possible to create numerous bulgur pilaf recipes. This recipe is using bulgur pilaf with almonds and pine nuts which are common ingredients for pilafs.

2 cups bulgur (medium grain)
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup slit and peeled almonds
4 cups water
2 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt

Heat olive oil in a medium pot. Add the slit and peeled almonds along with the pine nuts. Sautee until both the pine nuts and the almonds take a brownish color. Add the bulgur and sautee 2-3 minutes. Add the water and salt. Adjust the salt to your liking. Cook on medium heat until the water boils. Once the water boils turn the heat to low and simmer until the water of the bulgur is evaporated (about 20 minutes).


Anonymous said...


very good blog, lots of recipes, i like the shredded fillo pastry sweet, but i live in sydney and i am not getting katifi (shredded fillo pastry) any alternative for thhis or can we make this at home?

Sandradb said...

Thank you for adding me on your blog list. Bye and greetings from Croatia

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Hello Anonymous,

Thanks for your comments on my blog. When you say Sydney, I take it as Sydney, AU. I am surprised they do not have the shredded fillo dough available, as there are a number of Turks living all over Australia. Unfortunately, I do not know how to make the shredded fillo dough at home, but I know that you can take the regular sheets of fillo dough and cut them in very thin pieces. That may be very time consuming and the dough may dry out quickly. Plus, I am not sure how you'd cut them evenly. I would try to find online Middle Eastern stores which very likely would carry this shredded dough and order it online. I hope you will be able to find it.

Greetings Sandra,
I enjoy your blog and I might as well share it with others. :)