Turkish Bulgur Pilaf Recipe: Bulgur Pilavı

How to Make Bulgur Pilaf Recipe

Serves 4-6


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 ½ cups bulgur
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 2 ½ teaspoons red pepper
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock or hot water
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley


In a heavy, medium-size saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat and cook the onion gently for 2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon, until it’s softened but not brown. Stir in the green pepper, bulgur, tomatoes, Turkish red pepper, and stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat, cover the saucepan, and cook gently for about 15 minutes, or until the bulgur has absorbed all the liquid. Let the mixture stand, covered, for about 5 minutes; then stir in the parsley, and serve.