Similar to a tabbouleh, this refreshing grain dish from southeastern Turkey is flavored with lots of scallions and chopped fresh mint, and it has a pink hue from the tomato paste. It is most often served as a starter, either on its own or packed into balls and rolled up in a lettuce leaf.
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1/2 cup medium-grade bulgur
2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
4 scallions, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup chopped mint
1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Balsamic vinegar, for sprinkling (see Note)
How to Make It
In a large bowl of hot water, soak the bulgur until softened, about 1 hour. Drain the bulgur well and press out as much water as possible.
Transfer the bulgur to a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, scallions, garlic, jalapeño, tomato paste, olive oil, mint, parsley and crushed red pepper; mix well. Season with salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Serve at room temperature.
The pomegranate vinegar that is typically used in this dish isn't widely available in this country so we used balsamic vinegar in its place.
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