Bulgur (also bulghur, burghul or pligoúri) is a cereal food made from several different wheat species, but most often from durum wheat.
The key attributes of traditional bulgur production are that the grain is parboiled, dried (usually by spreading in the sun) and the bran is removed. Bulgur is often confused with cracked wheat, which is made from crushed wheat grains which have not been parboiled. Although traditionally de-branned, bulgur and cracked wheat products available in shops may or may not have had their bran removed. Thus there are whole-grain, high-fibre versions of each. Bulgur is most often found in Turkish, Middle Eastern, Indian and Mediterranean dishes. It has a light and nutty flavour.
Bulgur can be used in pilafs, soups, bakery goods, or as stuffing, but is best known as a main ingredient in tabbouleh salad and kibbeh. Its higher nutritional value makes it a good substitute for rice or couscous. In Indian cuisine, bulgur or daliya is also used as a cereal with milk and sugar.
In Turkey, aside from pilaf(s) made with bulgur, a variety of mezes and main dishes are prepared with bulgur.köfte, kısır or ezogelin soup.
How much does one cup of bulgar wheat weigh?
Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:
|164 grams||5.7 ounces|
|250 grams||9 ounces|
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