Tabbouleh Recipe


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  • 1 cup of coarse bulgur (or couscous)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 onion
  • 5-6  tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 bunch of flat parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • green or black olives

How to make Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is one of the most known Lebanese meze dishes and is often made with couscous outside of the middle East. Yet the original version is made with bulgur.

  1. put the bulgur with 1 1/2 cups of water into a pot
  2. bring to the boil and simmer then on low temperature for 15 minutes with the lid on top moving once in a while (the preparation of couscous is different!)
  3. meanwhile finely cut up the tomatoes, onion, cucumber, pepper and parsley and put into a bowl
  4. squeeze the lemon and add the juice
  5. add a generous serving of olive oil
  6. season with salt and pepper and a pinch of cumin
  7. take the pot with the bulgur off the heat and let it cool down
  8. add the cooled down bulgur to the bowl
  9. garnish with olives
  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    hehe nice - I guess you've figured out how to use the new text editor! lots of links :)

  • rozovs
    rozovs says

    We in the middle east call it burghul

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    ooo the tabbouleh here doesn't have couscous

  • dosdne
    dosdne says

    @telliecoin- yes, it probably has something to do with couscous being more widely available than bulgur. Try the real one. It is really worth is, has a much nicer texture. @rozovs- whatever it is called, برغل is definitely a nice discovery

  • dosdne
    dosdne says

    @yongfook- really nice improvement the editor, you don´t fail to surprise once again. I already changed a lot of my previous recipes to make full use of it :)

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    yeah I noticed you've put links in - that's great! I think it's really useful for food terminology, since there are members from all over the world here there are foods that are normal to some of us that other people have never heard of :)

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    Serious? but I went to a lebanese wedding and the tabbouleh there only consisted of lemon juice, parsley, tomatoes, onions and maybe peppers, not too sure about the peppers, I did help them make it, took forever chopping everything up that finely!! :) Was my friend's sisters wedding. Umm that aside yeah.. I was under the impression that the one I was helping her grandma and aunties make was traditional. Oh well! Always interesting to know that it's slightly different all over the world! :)

  • dosdne
    dosdne says

    @telliecoin - I think with tabbouleh happens what happens to most dishes, there are not two people in the world making it the same way. This is a salad which is popular in many countries where mostly immigrants from the Middle East have brought it with them, often they adapted it to local tastes. Anyway check out the Wikipedia link of the recipe :)

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