This post is by: Kay (my lovely wife and writer for K’s Kitchen!)
I just came back from my work trip to Istanbul. Although this was my third trip there, I am still impressed with the energy and number of people! And Istanbul will welcome you with so many interesting activities including beautiful historical sights, shopping, and delicious Turkish cuisine. Today, I would like to introduce you to one of the Turkish dishes called Kisir which is a Turkish style Tabboleh.This dish is very healthy and friendly for vegetarians. As usual, I had to substitute bulgur with couscous as I could not find bulgur in Kosovo (and forgot to buy it while in Istanbul). I hope you enjoy this glimpse of Turkish Cuisine!
Ingredients (for 4 people)
Couscous: 1 cup=240 cc (and of course use bulgur if available)
Hot water: 1 1/4 cup
Salt: 1 teaspoon
Tomato paste: 2 Tablespoons (other recipes calls for hot pepper paste which is probably better to add the spicy taste)
Green onions: 1/2 Cups (finely chopped)
Onion: half (finely chopped)
Italian parsley: 1-1.5 cups (finely chopped)
Cucumber: 1 (diced)
Red paprika: 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
Pomegranate syrup: 1 Tablespoon
Lemon juice: 2 Tablespoons
Cumin: 1 Tablespoon (if you fry and grind) / 2 Tablespoons if you use powder
Tomato: 1 (diced)
Pepper: 1 teaspoon
Olive oil: 2 Tablespoons (or more if you like)
Fresh mint leaves (if available): 2 Tablespoons (chopped)
How to cook (cooking/preparation time: 30-40 min)
(1) Chop all the vegetables as instructed above
(2) Put Couscous in a pot and pour hot water mixed with salt and tomato paste into the pot. Put a lid and let is sit for 10 minutes. Then fluff up couscous with a fork softly.
(3) Roast cumin in a frying pan and grind them.
(4) Combine couscous, pepper, cumin, vegetables, and mix them well.
(5) Add Pomegranate syrup, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt depending on the taste.
(6) Serve in a bowl!
That’s all! It is quite easy to make, isn’t it?
Was that easy? Delicious? Tell us how tasty it was, or how it all went horribly, horribly wrong