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A new kind of pumpkin pie! This is a traditional delicacy of Cyprus, a pastry filled with bulgur, pumpkin, and raisins. In the south, near Pafos, chopped fennel is added to the pumpkin-bulgur filling for freshness. ...

Whole wheat tabbouleh

This staple of Middle Eastern cuisine can be enjoyed as a refreshing side salad or stuffed into a whole grain pita or wrap. ...

tabbouleh salad

Here’s a great way to use up fresh parsley. Garnish with feta if you wish, and add diced cucumber, diced celery, or chopped scallions. Bulgur comes in various “grinds” ranging from fine to coarse. The coarser the grind, the more texture your salad will have....

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed vegetables, called Gemista or Yemista, are common throughout Greece and Cyprus. In this version, we use Halloumi, the official cheese of Cyprus, and bulgur, a staple whole grain, to lend a Cypriot flair to the dish....

bulgur porridge

Sweet and savory bulgur porridges are common throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, such as Cyprus. In this version, we add grapes, a quintessentially Mediterranean fruit, roasting them to concentrate the flavor. For an American twist (and a boost of protein), you can also stir in a...

Black Bean Bulgur Orange Salad

Prepare this salad quickly, using any kind of leftover grain. Perfect as a side dish, or as the main dish on hot summer nights.

Bulgur Salad with Green Lentils and Walnuts

Celebrate summer by making this nourishing whole grain dish. Quick-cooking green lentils and bulgur team up with toasted walnuts to make a hearty salad with a distinctive Middle Eastern flair....

Pumpkin Kibbeh

Kibbeh are traditionally made with ground meat and fried in oil. This healthier, vegetarian recipe uses a chickpea and spinach filling and a delicious pumpkin and bulgur dough. The balls are also baked instead of fried. Enjoy them as an appetizer or mezze plate, with yogurt sauce and pita.


The mint, cumin and coriander give this a North African taste. You can vary the chopped vegetables to suit whatever you have on hand: celery, carrots, beet or chard stems, and peppers are all good, just to name a few. Quantities don’t really matter in the salad itself; taste as you go!

Kisir Bulgur

This simple and delicious recipe for kisir, a traditional bulgur recipe, was created by Turkish food writer Ayfer Unsal, and adapted by Oleana Chef Ana Sortun for the 2012 Oldways Culinary tour in Gaziantep and Istanbul....


Packed with flavor and whole grain nutrition.  The Lime-Cilantro Aioli is a great addition, but switch it up by topping it with a chipotle mayo or your favorite condiment.


This popular Mediterranean grain salad goes with all manner of grilled foods. Add diced tomatoes, olives, and chickpeas if you wish.


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