Baby says Yum: Easy Bulgur

Bulgur Yum


Each time I make bulgur at home, it’s usually finished by the time I get around to taking any pictures. So instead here’s a photo a nice bulgur dish (this is what mine looks like) from Almost Turkish, a great Turkish food blog with recipes adapted for those of us not actually in living Turkey.

The bulgur below is pretty simple, but it’s easy to make, very tasty and can be eaten hot or at room temperature. The bulgur has a mellow nutty flavor and is moist and savory.

Bulgur is form of whole wheat that has been cleaned, partially cooked, dried and ground. Compared to your typical white rice, it has more has more fiber and protein, a lower glycemic index, and higher levels of most vitamins and minerals (thanks wikipedia!).

More importantly, our baby eats it up! It’s a great side to fish or meat or even as a snack on its own.


  • 4 tablespoons butter, olive oil or mix
  • 1/2 a large onion, diced
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup bulgur (do not wash or rinse it before cooking or you’ll lose some of nutrients)
  • 1 1/2 cups or so of low sodium chicken (or vegetable) stock
  • salt & pepper
  • Heat oil / butter in a heavy sauce pan
  • Add onions, let soften (if you’re not feeding the kid tonight, this is where you can add pepper flakes or harisa)
  • Add bell pepper, let soften
  • Add chopped tomatoes, season with salt and pepper
  • Let the mixture cook and break down
  • Add bulgur, stirring constantly to mix well
  • Add the stock, covering the bulgur by no more than 1 to 2 cm
  • Bring to a boil and then turn down to very low
  • Cover with lid, which I usually wrap in a kitchen towel to absorb excess moisture
  • Let steep until liquid is fully absorb
  • Fluff up the bulgur after a few minutes to help the process

2 Responses to Baby says Yum: Easy Bulgur
  1. Alex Neill
    January 12, 2011 | 8:57 am

    It sounds delicious, probably because I am extra hungry right now ha ha.

    My kids are a little older than babies now, but I might just be able to tempt them away from the fast food and get them to try this.

    Not a whizz in the kitchen, but your instructions look simple enough even for me to follow.

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  2. Frank@HCG Diet
    January 25, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    Finding foods that your baby likes can be hard. My nephew doesn’t like the texture of a lot of food and makes the best faces when eating.

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