Kisir is a Turkish salad that is quite easy to make, and we’ve made it plenty of times at home (at my parents’ home)…however, I’ve never made it until recently, and I really don’t know why! A few days ago, I woke up with this craving for kisir…and the first thought that came to mind is, I’m making this for dinner!!
Kisir is a crunchy, spicy, filling salad that tastes great! You will get hooked once you try it! But this is not your typical ‘side dish’ salad. It’s a salad that’s served mainly at tea parties or gatherings…it’s accompanied by tea mainly :) I guess that’s why, as soon as I ate it, I had the urge to drink some tea :D
Most Turkish tea-gatherings consist of dessert, savory (pastry style), and sour (salad)…and Kisir falls into the ‘sour’ category.
The base ingredient for Kisir is fine-ground bulgur. According to Wikipedia, “Bulgur (also bulghur, burghul or bulgar) is a cereal food made from the groats of several different wheat species, most often from durum wheat. In the United States it is most often made from white wheat. Its use is most common in European, Middle Eastern, and South Asian cuisine. The word bulgur is of Turkish origin.”
This salad is very easy to make…so I suggest, get some bulgur and get to chopping ;)
- 1 cup fine-ground bulgur
- ¾ cup hot water
- 1 medium sized tomato, chopped into 1 cm cubes (about ½ inch)
- 1 cucumber, quartered and finely chopped
- 3 medium sized romaine lettuce leaves, halved and finely chopped
- 1 spring onion, finely chopped
- A handful of parsley, about 2 tablespoons when finely chopped
- A handful of fresh mint, about 1 tablespoon when finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon red pepper paste (Optional)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Clean and wash the bulgur; drain the water and put the bulgur into a large bowl. Add the hot water and cover the bowl tightly. Let the bulgur steam for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the vegetables.
- Once steamed, add the seasoning ingredients to the steamed bulgur. At this stage, you may need to use your hands to make sure everything is mixed properly. The color of the bulgur will have a reddish tint.
- Chop all the salad ingredients and combine in a medium sized bowl.
- Once the bulgur is ready, add the chopped salad into the seasoned bulgur and mix well with a spoon.