Bulgur is a nutritious cereal that draws its origin to the Middle East. Quite common in Middle Eastern & Mediterranean cuisines, bulgur can be relished as a meal on its own or be served as a side dish. If you do not know how to cook bulgur or have no idea about this whole-grain, you are at the right place!
Bulgur can be cooked in various ways such as boiled, pan-fried, oven-baked, and also oven-roasted.
Bulgur is available as fine, medium and coarse granules which Middle Eastern folks use as per recipe requirement.
- The fine bulgur granule only needs 10 minutes soaking in hot water and is used to make Kibbe.
- For making tabbouleh, the medium granules are needed.
- The coarse bulgur granules are suited for soups, pilafs, & stews.
Given below are two types of cooking bulgur- one is in the oven and the other on the stove!
1. How to Cook Bulgur in Oven
- Bulgur (1 cup)
- Vegetables (diced shallot, broccoli florets, diced tomatoes), Vegetable Broth (1½ cup), Fresh Herbs, Crumbled Cheese (1 cup)
- A baking dish
- Non-stick edible spray and aluminum foil paper
1.2. Instructions – How to Cook Bulgur in Oven
Set the oven at 218°C for preheating. Ready the baking dish by covering it with the non-stick edible spray.
Add the bulgur, veggies, vegetable broth, fresh herbs, and cheese into the baking dish. Drizzle oil and sprinkle some salt. Give all the ingredients a good mix.
Using the aluminum foil paper, cover the baking dish. Now, place it in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Take out the baking dish and uncover the foil. Check if the broth is lusciously absorbed and the broccoli softened! If not, cover and bake for 5 more minutes.
2. How to Cook Bulgur on Stove
- Bulgur (1 cup)
- Water (1½ cup)
- Olive oil
- A deep pan with lid
- A fork
2.2.Instructions – How to Cook Bulgur on Stove
Place the pan on the stove over medium flame.
Pour water into the pan. Add bulgur into the water, drizzle some oil, and season with salt. Give it a quick mix and let it simmer.
Once it starts simmering, adjust the flame to low and cover with the lid. Cook on low heat for 10-12 minutes.
Turn off the flame, and keep it covered for 10 more minutes. After that, fluff up the well-cooked bulgur using a fork.
Serve warm or cool as preferred.
NOTE: You can zing it up by adding your favorite spices, herbs, veggies, etc.
Hopefully, now that you know how to cook bulgur, you will prepare it at home and cherish a flavorsome healthy meal with your family & loved ones.