12 March, 2010

What cereal are you having today?



When I talked about Kamut, a while ago, I told you I'd be talking about and trying out recipes with more different cereals (in form of grain or flour). In the meantime I've bought different stuff, some of them I've used several times, like bulgur and Kamut (also made bread with Kamut flour), and some are still waiting to be used (like quinoa and amaranth, that I actually used once but wasn't happy with the recipe so I'll be trying it again).
Bulgur (also bulghur or burghul) is a cereal food made from several different wheat species, but most often from durum wheat. Bulgur is a common ingredient in Turkish, Middle Eastern, Indian and Mediterranean dishes. It has a light, nutty flavor. It can be used in pilafs, soups, bakery goods, or as stuffing. In breads it adds a whole grain component. It is also a main ingredient in tabbouleh salad and kibbeh. Its high nutritional value makes it a good substitute for rice or couscous.
Bulgur is more nutritious than rice and couscous, because it contains more fiber and more vitamins and minerals and has a lower glycemic index than white rice or couscous. Bulgur has a glycemic index of 46.

Bulgur with zucchini, chicken and saffron

(4 servings):
300 g bulgur
4 zucchini
1 onion
1 lemon
300 g chicken breasts
1 package of saffron (1 g)
EVOO
Fresh parsley and mint leaves, curry, salt


Cook bulgur in salty water for 15-20 minutes.
In the meantime, wash and slice the zucchini, slice the onion finely, and cut the chicken breasts into cubes.
Sauté the onion, the zucchini and the chicken in a skillet with a little oil, and salt to your taste. When they’re done, add the curry, the finely chopped parsley and saffron.

Add the cooked and drained bulgur, season with the freshly squeezed lemon juice and toss everything together.

Serve decorated with fresh mint leaves.



Il Bulgur (o Burghul) è costituito da frumento integrale che subisce un particolare processo di lavorazione. I chicchi di frumento vengono cotti al vapore e fatti seccare, poi vengono macinati e ridotti in piccoli pezzetti.
Il bulgur ha le stesse caratteristiche nutrizionali del frumento integrale: è quindi una buona fonte di fibre, vitamine del gruppo B, fosforo e potassio. Ha un indice di sazietà piuttosto elevato, caratteristica comune a tutti i cereali integrali in chicchi.


Bulgur con pollo, zucchine e zafferano

(per 4)
300 g bulgur
4 grosse zucchine
1 cipolla
1 limone
300 g petto pollo
1 bustina di zafferano
Olio EVO
Prezzemolo, menta, curry, sale

Fate bollire bulgur in acqua salata per circa 15-20 minuti.
Nel frattempo pulite le zucchine e tagliatele a rondelle. Pulite la cipolla e tagliatela a spicchi sottili. Tagliate il pollo a dadini.
Fate cuocere il tutto in padella con poco olio e salate a piacere.
A fine cottura aggiungete un ciuffo di prezzemolo tritato, curry e lo zafferano. Unite il bulgur cotto e ben scolato, il succo di limone e fate saltare con le verdure.
Guarnite con alcune foglie di menta e servite.



Bulgur ima iste karakteristike kao integralna pšenica, stoga je odličan izvor vlakana, proteina, vitamina grupe B, fosfora i kalija.
Odlična je zamjena za rižu i couscous, zapravo je hranjiviji i ima niži glikemijski indeks.
Karakterističan je za tursku, indijsku, bliskoistočnu i mediteransku kuhinju.
Koristi se najčešće za topla jela kao pilaf i kibbeh ili hladne salate kao tabbouleh.


Bulgur s piletinom, tikvicama i šafranom

(sastojci za 4 osobe)
300 g bulgura
4 tikvice
1 glavica luka
300 g pilećih prsa
1 limun
1 vrećica šafrana (1 g)
Maslinovo ulje
Peršun, menta, curry, sol

Skuhajte bulgur u slanoj vodi, 15-20 minuta.
U međuvremenu očistite i narežite tikvice na ploškice, nasjeckajte luk i narežite piletinu na kockice.
Izdinstajte sve skupa i posolite po ukusu. Kad su tikvice i meso kuhani, dodajte curry, sitno narezan list peršuna i šafran.
Dodajte kuhan i dobro ocijeđen bulgur, začinite svježe iscijeđenim sokom limuna, kratko sve kuhajte skupa da se okusi povežu. Poslužite uz svježe listiće mente.

18 comments:

  1. This really looks lovely. We are having lamb chops tomorrow night and this would be a wonderful accompaniment. I can't wait to give it a try. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Il bulgur, piace moltissimo a mio marito. Il tuo è da copiare, veloce e sfizioso!!
    Buon fine settimana.

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  3. oooh how I love curry!! This dish is a meal in one and seems so simple. sounds delish...i must give it a try

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  4. mi mangerei lo schermo...bravissima!

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  5. Uf ja bulgur nisam probala,ali tako dobro izgleda!

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  6. Kupila sam bulgur i spremam se uskoro probati ga! Ovo mi je tako dobro!!!!!

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  7. That is a beautiful dish Dajana! I actually drooled on my keyboard!

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  8. So far making a pilaf sorta thing in a similar way is the only way ive liked bulgur! Great recipe!

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  9. This salad looks so refreshing! Needless to say, I love bulgur and always cook it like rice. I buy mine dark, not bleached, as it is available both ways at the mideastern grocer.

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  10. This looks truly inviting! I don't think I ever had bulgur...really want to try them!

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  11. Scusa la mia ignoranza ma cosa è il bulgur?

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  12. Nanny, in sostanza, bulgur è il grano duro germogliato, cotto al vapore, essicato, e poi frantumato o macinato.

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  13. I will have to some homework on the grain Kamut-I have never heard of it, until I visited your blog today. Your dish looks amazing and I am feeling inspired. Thank!

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  14. Adoro il bulgur!! Non l'ho ancora postato su labna ma appena viene un po' il caldo e potrò smettere di mangiare minestre proverò di sicuro anche questo tuo abbinamento :)
    A presto!

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  15. ovo već postaje opasno, od jučer razmišljam o tome kako ću ovaj tjedan pripremiti bulgur da ga isprobam (nisam do sada, a kupila sam ga ima već koji tjedan) i onda nađem tvoj recept, odličan kao i svi ostali ! kako stvari stoje, malo po malo uselila si se sa ovim divnim receptima u moju kuhinju, nadam se da će druženje potrajati. A ovo isprobavam ! :)

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  16. I adore bulgur! its one of the healthiest cereals plus my husband is lebanese and bulgur is a main ingredient in their kitchen they use it in so many combos.. But this recipe is on my list now for this week definitely, light and tasty!

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  17. predivno! jako volim miris šafrana u kombinaciji sa tikvicama i općenito žitarice, ovako moja mama slično sprema, samo sa tjesteninom :D probam i ovako na tvoj način! :D

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  18. Volim bulghur, cous cous i quinou. I baš su mi fine jer se brzo spremaju a pogodne su za bezbroj kombinacija. Sviđa mi se i ova verzija s piletinom i tikvicama.

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