Turkish Bulgur Salad (Kısır)

Submitted by:
Melike Üzüm, Ankara, Turkey
Turkic Languages

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200g fine bulgur
400ml hot water
2 stalks green onion
1 onion
1 tomato
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cucumber
1 lettuce
1/2 teaspoon spices (black pepper, mint)
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil
4-5 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt

1. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the onions with salt for a few minutes over low heat. Then add the bulgur and after mixing, add hot water and remove from the fire. Let the pan cool for 10 minutes with the lid closed.

2. Stir the bulgur until it is well covered with the tomato sauce. Add any spices you like, such as black pepper, mint, cumin.

3. Finely chop all the salad ingredients in a bowl and combine them and add the cooled bulgur.

4. Finally, prepare the sauce by adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt to the lemon juice (if you want to, add pomegranate syrup). Drizzle the sauce over the prepared mixture.

It is much more delicious with pickles.


Kısır is a bulgur based salad found in Turkish cuisine. It is similar to Tabule salad and Mediterranean-style couscous salads in Arabic cuisine, but contains more salad ingredients. In Turkish culture, it is served especially with tea or in front of the tea. It is eaten very often because it is light and satisfying, easy to prepare and delicious. My mom always made us Kısır before we had dinner when we got home from school. We ate it as a Snacks while we waited until dinner. I still make it very often, it is a very practical dish both for myself and when my guests come. If you are invited to have tea or have a meal in Turkey, it is very likely that the menu includes Kısır. There is nothing about the origin of the word itself.

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