Turkish Bulgur Salad (Kisir)

Turkish Bulgur Salad (Kisir)
07 May 2024

The main ingredients of kısır are bulgur and tomato paste. It is a dish served with different techniques in Turkish and Arabic cuisine. In Turkish cuisine, it is mostly consumed in Southeastern and Central Anatolia. Since it contains salad ingredients, it gives a feeling of fullness and energy. This food, which is included in diet lists, is rich in magnesium and vitamin B. It is recommended to consume it once a week, and it plays an important role in strengthening the immune system. Let's see together how to make delicious and easy kısır.

How Many Calories is 1 Portion of Kısır?

One serving of hot kısır is approximately 180 calories. You can add it to diet lists by alternating the vegetables contained in it.

Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook time : 5 mins
Servings : 6 People
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Turkish Bulgur Salad (Kisir)


  • 1 onion 
  • 2 tablespoons of pepper paste 
  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 3 cloves of garlic 
  • Green onion 
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Salt 
  • Dry Mint
  • Cumin 
  • Pomegranate Sour
  • Olive Oil
Turkish Bulgur Salad (Kisir)


  1. First, moisten the bulgur with hot water.
  2. Sprinkle cumin on it and cover it.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the onions and mince the garlic cloves.
    Put olive oil in a pan and heat it. Add the onions and garlic to the heated oil and fry until they start to smell.
  4. Add tomato paste and mint to the onions and mix.
  5. Pour the mixture with tomato paste over the bulgur and mix.
  6. Finely chop the greeneries.
  7. Add the greenies on top of the kisir and mix.
  8. Add salt, pomegranate sour syrup, and squeeze lemon in the desired amount, and mix all the ingredients.
  9. Transfer the prepared kısır to the serving plate. Enjoy your meal.
Serving Suggestions

Served especially during lunch, you can serve it with stuffed grape leaves, rice, and pastries.

Expert Tips
  • Before setting the bulgur aside, add lemon juice and mix it. Thus, you can ensure that the sourness is permanent.
  • The temperature of the water you will add to the bulgur is very important. Cold water causes the bulgur not to swell sufficiently, while hot water causes the kisir to be runny. Therefore, prefer lukewarm water.
  • After mixing water and bulgur, do not forget to put a lid on it.
  • Pour the pomegranate syrup, which goes well with bulgur, before serving. In this way, you can get its aroma in a better way.
  • You can serve it hot if you wish. 
  • You can add fresh herbs, such as dill or other fresh herbs, according to your taste.

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