Bulgur – why is it useful and why it should be included in the diet

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Bulgur is an extremely tasty porridge and a versatile side dish. You don't need to have any special culinary talents to cook it, because it's no harder to prepare than rice or buckwheat. But tasty and satisfying bulgur will definitely add variety to your everyday menu. In addition, it goes well with fresh, boiled, or stewed vegetables, salads, or even appetizers.

The FoodOboz editorial team will tell you about the benefits of bulgur and share the secrets of proper cooking.

What are the benefits of bulgur?

Bulgur is nothing more than wheat grains. Before being consumed, they go through several mandatory stages: steaming with water, drying, and hulling to get the right size. And since wheat germs remain in the cereal, bulgur has many more beneficial properties and vitamins than other popular cereals such as couscous, semolina, or rice.

According to nutritionist Svitlana Fus, boiled bulgur is digested much more slowly in the body. This creates a feeling of satiety, and you won't feel hungry for a long time after eating. It is best to combine the porridge with fruits, berries, vegetables, or herbs to improve the taste of bulgur and saturate it with vitamins. The most popular dish based on this porridge is the oriental tabbouleh salad.

Earlier, we wrote a recipe for Turkish bulgur.

Bulgur in Turkish

Secrets of cooking bulgur porridge

  • Frying will help prepare bulgur for cooking. Fry the porridge in butter for about 2-4 minutes and it will acquire a light and pleasant nutty flavor.
  • Follow the correct proportions. That is, for 1 cup of cereal, you need to take 2 cups of liquid.
  • Choose the right utensils, taking into account that the porridge will almost double in volume during cooking.
  • Add all the spices together with salt. Paprika, curry, and cinnamon are the best complements to bulgur.

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