This took a bit of testing before I got the method and recipe I liked best. It is from Van, in the east of Turkey. The history of this area is full of conflict, with Anatolian Christians being persecuted. I used to go to the Lake Van monastery in exile in Edinburgh, not really a restaurant, more of a place of welcome with food and history; I learnt a bit about the history of the Lake Van monastery there from the monk that ran the place.
Remember to start the night before.
- 100g coarse bulgar wheat
- 250g Greek-style yoghurt
- 1 large courgette, diced
- 1 tbsp plain white flour
- 300g spinach, chopped
- 100g coriander leaf, chopped, OR mint or savory leaves.
- 1.5 litres chicken stock
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook the bulgar wheat in 500ml water, simmer for five minutes and then leave overnight.
- The next day, drain the wheat
- In a large pan, bring the chicken stock to a simmer, and add the wheat and the courgette, and cook gently for around 20 minutes.
- Mix the flour with a spoon of hot stock, and add to the soup, along with the spinach and salt to taste. Cook for another ten minutes
- Add the fresh coriander and whisk in the yoghurt before serving.
From SIMPLE. The book says it serves 2, but it fed two of us for two nights.
- 150g bulgar wheat
- 250ml boiling water or light stock
- olive oil
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 punnets of mushrooms, preferably mixed, around 500g – sliced to about 5mm thick.
- 2 tsp dried thyme, or 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp dill seeds
- around 100g feta (half a block)
- 1 tsp mild chilli flakes
- salt and pepper
- Rinse the bulgar wheat, add a pinch of salt and a good grind of black pepper, and add the boiling water or stock. Cover the bowl and set aside while everything else is sorted out.
- Put 2 tbsp oil in a large frying or saute pan, heat to medium, and add the onion. Cook for 7 minutes, until the onion is soft and beginning to brown. Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/2 tsp dill seeds, and continue to fry for another couple of minutes. Keep stirring to ensure that nothing sticks or burns. Remove the onions from the pan and set aside.
- Add another 2 tbsp of oil to the pan. raise the heat, and then add the mushrooms, 1/2 tsp salt, and fry for 7 minutes, stirring until the mushrooms are browned and soft.
- Add the rest of the cumin seeds, and the thyme and continue to cook for another minute
- Add the balsamic vinegar, and cook until the liquid has almost disappeared.
- Mix in the bulgar wheat, onions, feta cheese and chilli flakes and heat through.
Serve garnished with fresh herbs and a drizzle of olive oil.
This is so tasty. The goose needs to be chopped pretty small though.
- 100ml olive oil
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced finely
- 1 medium onion, sliced finely
- 2 medium carrots, sliced finely
- 700ml stock
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 wild goose breast, sliced thinly and then cut into small squares
- 250g coarse bulgar wheat (I bought mine online from Turkishop)
- Preheat the oven to 200C
- Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, and fry the potato slices. As the potato starts to brown on one side, flip the slices over. Keep stirring and flipping. Once the potato is done, put it into a large casserole dish.
- Next, fry the onion slices and carrots together in the remaining oil in the frying pan, for at least 5 minutes over a medium to high heat.
- Meanwhile, slice the goose and put it in a layer over the potato.
- Once the onion is done, layer that over the goose.
- Put the stock into the frying pan and bring to the boil, and season with salt and pepper.
- Put the bulgar wheat over the top of the carrot and onion layer in the middle, making a mound.
- Pour in the boiling stock, cover and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes.
- Let the dish stand for around 5 minutes before serving.