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By June 07, 2022 , ,

This is one of my summer favourites a great side dish or sometimes I'm quite happy to eat it by itself. It's such a great fresh dish. I came across this dish many years ago at a Turkish restaurant called Haz in the city in London. It was always on the menu as a starter (and having just checked their menu it still is) and was one of my favourites to order. It always evokes memories of walking past the restaurant on the way to work and smelling the charcoal grills firing up before service, the food there was simple but very tasty indeed. It is one of the many places I miss in London. Another great thing about this recipe is the simplicity, tomatoes, onions, bulgur wheat and herbs with lemon juice and olive oil. No cooking involved at all. When tomatoes are in season I cannot make this enough and it makes a great barbecue side dish especially for Mediterranean style grilled meat dishes. This is my take on that dish I enjoyed all those years ago. This serves four people as a side dish.

70g bulgur wheat
3 tomatoes finely chopped
15g red onion finely chopped
10g flat leaf parsley finely chopped
10 mint leaves finely chopped (optional)
10g coriander finely chopped (optional)
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
10ml extra virgin olive oil

Place the bulgur in a pyrex bowl, add the olive oil, salt and pepper and stir to combine
Pour over just boiled water until it is covered
Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to one side for 30 minutes, the bulgur will soak up all the water
Allow to cool before adding the rest of the ingredients
Once cool, mix all the ingredients together and add the lemon juice
I like to serve this with koftes or grilled meats as a side

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