Traditional Turkish Kisir Recipe

Traditional Turkish Kisir is a bulgur salad served during ladies days where they served food and tea.  This traditional Turkish Kisir is perfect for lunch or a light meal.


Ingredients for Turkish Kisir

1 cup of fıne bulgur
1 cup of hot water
1/2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tbsp pepper paste ( hot or sweet)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 small onion
1 bunch flat leaf parsley
1 cucumber
2 green peppers
bunch of spring onions
2 tbsp pomegranate syrup
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp mint flakes
1 tsp cumin
lettuce leaves (optional)

Recipe for Turkish Kisir

Take a large bowl and mix your hot water, tomato paste and pepper paste together.  Now add in your bulgur and 1 tsp of salt.  Stir your water mix, bulgur and salt together once (you don’t want to stir to much) and then cover the mix with a kitchen towel and leave to soak up the water for about 10 minutes.

Cut your onion into wafer thin half moon shapes, sprinkle some salt over the sliced onion and then rinse and remove any excess water.

Remove the cover from your bulgur and fluff it up with a fork. Then add in your pepper flakes, ground cumin, mint, oil and pomegranate molasses (if you don’t have it leave it out), lemon juice and your sliced onions.

Finely chop the peppers, spring onions, cucumber and parsley and mix through the bulgur.

Traditionally Turkish Kisir is eaten with lettuce leaves, you can serve it on a lettuce leaf or leave at the side and then wrap some Kisir inside the lettuce leaves and eat. You can also serve some tomatoes alongside.

Turkish Kisir is also nice served with a refreshing glass of Ayran.

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2 Responses to “Traditional Turkish Kisir Recipe”

  1. 18th December 2015

    Adela Reply

    Are you sure about nor cooking the bulgur? I followed the recipe entirely and the bulgur didnt cook through so i slowly boiled it for 5-10 extra minutes, otherwise it was still raw

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