Almost Turkish Recipes

Bulgur Pilaf with Green Lentils (Mercimekli Bulgur Pilavi)

A perfect bulgur pilaf recipe!

1/2 cup green lentils
1 cup coarse bulgur
5-6 sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped
2-3 dried hot chilies, chopped
2 red or green chilies, chopped
2 medium onions, finely chopped
3 tbsp tomato paste
4 tbsp olive oil

-Boil 1/2 cup green lentils with 3-4 cups of water until soft, approximately 15-20 minutes, and drain. (!/2 cup lentils will make 1 cup after boiled)
-Heat olive oil in a pot. Add onion. Stir for 5 minutes.
-Add sun dried tomatoes, hot chilies, and green peppers. Stir for 3-4 minutes and then add tomato paste. Stir for another 3 minutes.
-Add bulgur, lentils, 2 cups of hot water, and salt.
-Once it starts boiling, turn it all the way to low. Cover and cook until there's no more water left.
-Cover the top of the pot with paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. Seal with the lid and let sit at least for 10 minutes before you serve.


  1. Burcu,

    Thank you very much for submitting this dish for VAM event!
    It looks delicious.

    Greetings from London, Margot

  2. Your bulgur pilaf would be perfect any night of the week. It sounds very healthy as well as do most recipes from the Mediterranean.

  3. A wonderful recipe that uses things I always have in my pantry. Thanks!

  4. It looks very yummy :)

  5. Very nice and appetizing. I love lentils and I should have some bulgur in the fridge. I am preparing to move, so my house is a maze of boxes of all shapes and sizes, and cooking in this chaos is a bit of a challenge.

  6. Thank you all for your nice comments! I always try to find different ways of making bulgur pilaf, and I must admit so far this one is my favorite.

    Simona, good luck with moving.

  7. Love bulgur with sun dried tomatoes... ANy chance of participating my Spoonful of Christmas event? I have extended the deadline for another month, so whenever you re in a Christmasy mood...

  8. Hi İ have just moved to Antep and ate a lovely bulgar pilav with red lentils, do you know the recipe? It was served as a durum, but İ would like to make it just as a pilav. If you could post it İ would be grateful. Thanks.

  9. Anonymous6:51 PM

    I made this tonight and it was a delight. Thanks Burcu!