Burghul pilaf

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 8 people

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 red capsicum, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp capsicum purée (see note)
  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 500 gm coarse burghul, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups hot chicken stock or hot water
01   Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan, add onions and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes or until soft. Add capsicum and cook for another 3 minutes, add capsicum purée and stir to combine. Add tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes or until soft.
02   Add ½ cup cold water and simmer for 10 minutes, then add drained burghul, stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes Add hot stock, bring to the boil and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook, covered, over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until burghul is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Note Capsicum purée, salca in Turkish, is available from Middle-Eastern food stores.

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