Bulgur Wheat: 1/2 cup
Tomato Paste: 1 tbsp
Hot Pepper Paste: 1 tbsp (optional)(I used normal chilli flakes)
Cumin powdered :1-2 tsp
Fresh Parsley: chopped almost 3 tbsp + more for garnish
Chop the onions finely.Also chop the white and green part of the scallion and keep them separate.Finely chop the parsley .
Heat a pan with olive oil and add onions and saute.Add the white part of the scallion along with the onions and continue to saute till soft.Then add tomato paste,little salt and red chilli flakes or hot pepper paste.Cook for 2 more minutes and then remove from heat.Mix well with lentil-bulgur mix.Add chopped parsley and mix well adjusting salt.
Shape into koftes or patties and garnish with green part of the scallions and more chopped parsley.Serve wrapped in a lettuce leaf.I shaped into patties and served with ketchup and a yogurt dip.
I wanted these to be spicy so I added the chilli flakes.Hot pepper paste or Aleppo pepper if available can be added.I liked the patties with tomato ketchup and also spiced yogurt.My daughter also liked it thgh my husband did not .And to think my daughter does not like bulgur but my husband does especially in soups.So it depends individual taste or I do not know....This is also one dish where I added lots of parsley.Normally i find parsley is sharper compared to coriander and I tend to avoid it or reduce it ,but this time there was no reducing the amount and it turned out much better than expected.The simple cooked dal without any shallow or deep frying or any so called spiced gravy was a new experience for me.If you like bulgur then this is the snack for you.Hope Srivalli accepts a plate of this for MLLA#18, an event by Susan.