BM# 68-Cooking Carnival: Day 8
Theme of the Week 2: Whole Grains in Salads
Dish: Roasted Tomato Tabbouleh
Bulgur is a generally made from wheat kernels that have been cracked and then par-cooked. So it is a quick cooking whole wheat that is great to add to salads, pilafs and even soups. I buy fine bulgur from Turkish grocery — it needs to be stirred into boiling water and left covered, off heat, for 15~20 minutes. By that time all of the time is absorbed and the grains are perfectly cooked. Just fluff it with a fork and use as needed. Fine cracked wheat that is available in Indian stores is a good alternate, but that needs to be cooked longer.
What drew me to this recipe is the use of tomatoes. I had a bunch of cherry tomatoes from my backyard that needed to be used up and this seemed like an easy enough recipe to try. Roasting the tomatoes makes them so sweet and delicious.
Bulgur is rather bland by itself, but adding roasted tomatoes and fresh herbs adds much needed flavor.It tastes tastier as it sits. This salad is great for summer parties and barbecues. It can also be served in a Middle Eastern platter.