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Turkish Bulgur Pilaf is a healthy, nutritious, tasty, vegan one pot meal that comes together within 30 minutes. Especially popular as a side dish or as a main meal, the main flavour is from the herbs, onion and tomato.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Light Meal, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Turkish
Servings 2


  • 1 cup bulgur wheat coarse or extra coarse
  • cups chickpeas cooked
  • 1 medium red onion peeled and diced
  • 1 medium bell pepper diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 2 cups stock or water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp mint chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped


  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add onion and stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add garlic and chopped bell pepper. Stir fry and allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, mix well. Cover the pan and allow the mixture to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste, salt, cinnamon, cumin and pepper powders and mix well.
  • Add bulgur wheat, chickpeas and stock or water. Mix well.
  • Cover the pan and allow the mixture to cook for 15 minutes.
  • Check if the bulgur wheat is cooked. If not add a little more water and cook. Mine was done in 15 minutes.
  • Add chilli flakes, parsley and mint. Mix well. Switch off the heat.
  • Cover the pan and allow the bulgur pilaf to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot Turkish Bulgur Pilaf with some yogurt or with grilled meat, kebabs.


  • The general rule to follow is for every cup of extra coarse bulgur you need 2 cups of liquid.
  • Add vegetables or meat of your choice.
  • Serve with feta cheese and olives.
  • Adjust spices according to your taste.
  • Don't omit adding tomato paste as that adds a tangy or umami flavour to the pilaf.
Keyword bulgur pilaf with tomatoes, Turkish Bulgur Pilaf