Almost Turkish Recipes

Bulgur with Green Lentils and Walnuts (Cevizli Bat)

Bulgur with Green Lentils and Walnuts is a traditional recipe from a Central Anatolian city, Tokat. In Tokat's local cusine dishes with grape leaves have an important role, and this recipe is a good example. Bulgur with Green Lentils and Walnuts is a bit like kisir, but has a nuttier taste with walnuts and lentils.

1 cup fine bulgur
1 cup hot water
1 cup cooked green lentils (~1/2 cup dry green lentils would make 1 cup cooked lentils)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2-3 green onions, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1 green pepper or 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp or less red pepper flakes
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil flakes
1 tsp dry mint flakes
1 tsp or less black pepper
optional a couple of cherry tomatoes

grape leaves (if unavailable, lettuce would do)

-Put bulgur in a bowl and add hot water. Stir once, cover with a thick towel and wait until bulgur soaks all the water.
-If you have fresh grape leaves, boil some water and cook grape leaves for 2-3 minutes. Set aside and let cool.
-Add tomato paste to bulgur and mix it well with the back of a spoon or your hands until paste is homogeneously distributed.
-Add lentils.
-Add green onion, parsley, dill, tomatoes, green pepper, basil, mint, red pepper flakes, black pepper, walnut, and salt.
-Serve bulgur with lentils with grape leaves or lettuce. Put some in the middle of a leave, make a roll or a bundle and enjoy.

note: Although the traditional recipe doesn't ask for it, I love adding lemon to bulgur and lentils.


  1. This sounds so tempting to me right now.

  2. Nice, as usual. And I agree about the lemon addition.

  3. Anonymous9:11 AM

    This is a great recipe for the upcoming Lent in Greece and will definitely try it out!

  4. I found your blog from a link on Rustic. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and the recipes. I plan to spend many hours reading over them.

  5. Anonymous10:05 PM

    Thanks a lot 4 your recipes :)

    I have tried some and they turned out yummy

    how should I pronunce the name of this recipe ?

  6. Anonymous4:16 PM

    This is great! I made it with a few minor adjustments, I didn't have green onion, or grape leaves added a smidgon of olive oil.

  7. Anonymous9:06 AM

    This looks really tasty! I love Turkish cooking - in fact we have a few very similar recipes that you should definitely check out, including this recipe for Lentil Bulgur Salad with Apples and Walnuts. Aside from being delicious, this salad is also a really great option for diabetic foodies. Enjoy!

  8. This is a new one for me! Looks really yummy too..gearing up with recipes for the cold winter days
    hopefully ahead!