February 4, 2015

Middle Eastern Style Green Pilaf

Here is yet another recipe for the lunch box. A middle eastern style pilaf made with bulgur wheat, chickpeas, greens and apples, and mildly spiced with aromatic middle eastern style spice mix. For a gluten-free option, substitute bulgur with quinoa or wild rice. Easy to put together and packs well for a warm winter day lunch. Substitute chickpeas with other kinds of beans/lentils for variations. 


Ingredients:
  • Bulgur wheat - 1/2 cup (soaked overnight)
  • Black chickpeas - 1/2 cup (Soaked overnight) 
  • Middle eastern style spice mix - 2 tsp (recipe below) 
  • Sea salt - as per taste
  • EV olive oil - 2-3 Tbs
  • Red onion - 1 
  • Garlic - 2-3 cloves
  • Baby kale - 4 cups  (or spinach) 
  • Bell pepper - 1 (chopped fine) 
  • Apple - 1 (chopped)
  • Minced coriander/mint leaves- 1/4 cup 

Directions:
  • Drain and cook chickpeas with 1/2 cup of water using a sauce pan or pressure cooker. 
  • Once chickpea is almost cooked, add drained bulgur wheat and continue cooking till all water is absorbed and everything is cooked well. (note: soaked bulgur will cook in no time)
  • Heat 1 Tbs of olive oil, sauté garlic till slightly golden. Add onion and sauté till slightly pink.
  • Add cooked chickpea and bulgur, along with the spices and salt. Add chopped greens and bell pepper and cook till just wilted. 
  • Switch off add chopped apples and minced coriander/mint leaves and mix well.
  • Serve warm or pack for a warm packed lunch. 
  • Makes 3-4 servings. Enjoy!! 



Middle Eastern Style Spice Mix
  • Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
  • Cardamom - 4
  • Red chilly - 4-5
  • Black pepper - 1 tsp
  • Ground cinnamon - 1 tsp (or 1 inch stick) 
  • Grind everything using a coffee grinder. 

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