An incredibly versatile ingredient, Golden Bulgur is parboiled, cracked, soft white wheat. White wheat has a mild flavor and light hue, making it perfect for sweet and savory applications for every meal of the day. Later in the week, we’ll be sharing a delightful sweet dish made using this grain, but today it’s all about the savory.
Pilavi is a Turkish version of a pilaf. Pilaf is a simple grain dish that is cooked with broth and often seasoned with onions and other vegetables. Pilafs can be found in nearly every culture and are typically just a side dish that can accompany more flavorful fare.
Being the whole grain fanatics that we are, a simple pilaf is not enough. Our pilaf is not happy to just grace a table with its presence. No, our pilaf wants to take center stage and this Spicy Pilavi does just that. Combining tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic and red pepper flakes for a meal that is easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy, this spicy dish is a perfect partner to grilled meats and roasted vegetables.
More than anything, I love how quickly this dish comes together. Bulgur is a whole grain super hero in the fast meal-prep department, making it ideal for weeknights. If you’ve got sensitive eaters, feel free to scale back on the red pepper flakes. Make this gluten free by choosing our Buckwheat Kasha instead of Bulgur and make it vegan by replacing the honey with your favorite vegan sweetener.
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 cup Onion diced (about 1 medium)
- 1 cup Yellow Bell Pepper chopped (about 1 medium)
- 1 tsp Garlic minced (about 1 clove)
- 1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
- 1-1/2 cups Tomatoes diced (about 2 medium)
- 1-1/2 cups Water
- 1 cup Golden Bulgur
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tsp Honey
- 1/4 cup Parsley chopped
- 1/4 cup Green Onion sliced
- 1 Tbsp Mint minced
Heat olive oil in a deep sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 – 7 minutes.
Add yellow bell pepper and garlic and cook until peppers are soft, about 3 – 4 minutes.
Add tomato paste and mix well, then add tomatoes and cook until soft, 1 – 2 minutes. Add water, Bob’s Red Mill Golden Bulgur, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover and cook until bulgur is tender, 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in lemon juice, honey and herbs.