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Bulgur with Lentils, Parsley, and Raisins

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This is inspired by mujaddarah, a traditional Middle Eastern dish that is sometimes made with rice, and sometimes with cracked wheat. The grain is combined with lentils and lots of onions browned in olive oil. Even in its basic form, it’s delicious. Since we save some time by cooking (rather than soaking) the bulgur, I like to dress up this classic with the nontraditional but tasty additions of scallions and raisins.

6 servings

Cooking Methodsauteeing

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

OccasionBuffet

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationdiabetic, egg-free, healthy, high fiber, low cholesterol, low saturated fat, low-fat, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Textureherby, savory, spiced, sweet

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 1 natural, salt-free vegetable bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • One 15-ounce can brown lentils, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dark or golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or more to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1 Combine the bulgur and bouillon cube with 2 cups water in a small saucepan. Bring to a rapid simmer, then cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.

  2. 2 Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wide skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until lightly browned, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes. Stir in the lentils and cook just until heated through.

  3. 3 Combine the bulgur and onion-lentil mixture in a serving dish and stir in all the remaining ingredients. Serve at once.

  4. Menu suggestions

  5. A fun and flavorful meal: Serve this with Sweet and White Potato Salad with Mixed Greens, homemade or store-bought hummus, oil-cured olives, and fresh pita bread.

  6. For another meal with a Middle Eastern theme, team this with Middle Eastern Chopped Salad, homemade or store-bought hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and fresh pita bread.

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