There is something magnificent in cucumber and mint combination.
It is often used in Middle-Eastern cooking. It not only tastes good; it does work perfectly with other ingredients of the dish like bulgur.
It brings that nice freshness and cooling sense.
Try this Middle Eastern Cucumber and Bulgur Salad and let coriander bring it to another level.
But if there is no way you put coriander in your mouth, just replace it with parsley and you are good to go!
1½ Large Cucumber
2 Garlic Cloves
Handful of Fresh Mint
Handful of Fresh Coriander
1 Green Chilli
1 Thumb-sized Piece of Tamarind or 2 Dates
1 Lemon, Juice
Pinch of Salt
3 tbsp Olive oil
½ tsp Mustard Seeds
½ tsp Nigella Seeds
Edible flowers for decoration (optional)
1. First of all, soak the bulgur in boiling hot water for 30min, then drain, squeezing all of the excess water
2. While the bulgur is soaking, cut the cucumber into preferred shape and size and set aside. I went for cucumber ribbons using a vegetable peeler but this is not essential. Reserve the extra half cucumber for a dressing.
3. In a food processor (or blender) mix the reserved cucumber, mint and coriander leaves, garlic, green chilli, tamarind (or dates) and whizz until roughly combined.
4. Add to the mixture lemon juice, pinch of salt, olive oil, mustard and nigella seeds. Mix well.
5. Add the dressing to your chopped cucumbers and mix well, making sure your cucumbers are fully covered. Alternatively serve the sauce on the side.
6. On a large plate place the cooked bulgur and top it up with the cucumber and dressing mix.
7. Add sliced radishes and edible flowers (if using)
Bulgur is a chewy and nutty-tasting Middle Eastern grain made from whole wheat kernels that have been parboiled, dried and cracked.
Very heathy alternative to cuscus and rice!
If you can’t find bulgur in your local shop, it is widely available online. Go for the best quality organic one!
If you really like the Middle Eastern cousin check out this book –