Tomato Burghol/Burgol/Bulgur- Tomato Rice using Bulgur/Burghol/Burghur, No Onion, No Garlic recipe

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cooking for one, you know how tough this is sometimes,or all the times. If you are used to cook 4 to 5 people and suddenly you have to cook for one or if you are a person who never knew what kitchen is, it is tough, seriously tough. I used to be the later, till my school days. But then, we were forced to grow up, being the eldest that too daughter, i was literally beaten with a stick to grow up and behave responsible. 
I started to cook regularly when i stayed with my aunt, during my working days. We used to be 4 adults, aunt, me, my cousin and my brother. I used to wake up early prepare breakfast and lunch for all of us and pack them in boxes and leave to office by 7:30. It used to be adventurous, since my aunt is not an easy person to please, she will have one or other complaint about the food every day. Those days it used to very discouraging and hurting but now when i think about it, i feel it is the way they were brought up, not to appreciate but to find faults, so to improve the other's person skill and ability.
Ok, now coming to the theme: Cooking for one. I feel, cooking for 10 people or one, it needs a lot of training, not only with the recipe, but with the measurements!  Amma even today say how difficult it is, to cook just for her and appa, when she is used to make sambhar and rasam in huge pots for 6 adults. On the contrary, i have a cousin who makes delicious sambhar but cannot make it for more than 2 people.  So, for the next 3 days i will be posting recipes that can be made for one person, which i normally make for myself. That's a lot of story now, let's go to the recipe!!

1/4 Cup Burghol/bulgur wheat
2 Medium sized tomatoes
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp coriander powder
2 pinches of turmeric powder
some ginger julienne and fresh coriander for garnish
2 tsp sunflower oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
2 pinches of hing
a sprig of curry leaf

  • Measure Bulghur/burghol and keep ready. Wash and Chop tomatoes, Wash, clean ginger, curry leaves, coriander and keep them ready.
  • Heat a pan with oil given under Tempering, splutter mustard seeds, crackle cumin, add hing, tear curry leaves and add to the tempering.
  • Now add chopped tomatoes to this along with red chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Top with 1/4 cup of water and let this cook until tomatoes turn a bit mushy.
  • Once the tomatoes turn soft, add burghol/bulgur to this and top with another 1/2 cup of water. Simmer the flame, cover and cook until done, this takes around 8-12 minutes. 
  • After the said time, remove the lid and check, the burghol/bulgur should be soft and well swelled/flowered absorbing all that liquid. 
  • Let it be on the stove for another 2 minutes, without the lid. Garnish with ginger julienne's and fresh coriander. Take it off the stove. Hog Warm with some MW-roasted papad and curd.
  • To Roast papad in MW, place 4-5 papads on the MW turntable and MW high for 2 minutes. Pair it guilt-free with any Rice-dish.

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  1. Looks so delicious Priya..nice reading about your working day adventures..I never started cooking until marriage and that too initially was cooking for 4 -6 cooking for 1 - 2 is tough for me..I enjoyed this theme and hope to see some interesting ideas..

  2. Enjoyed reading the intro. You are so right. The sudden switch up or down is hard. Nice pictures and nice recipe.

  3. Omg, this tomato burghol with papads makes an excellent meal for me.. I want to have a bowl rite now.

  4. Looks very yummy, Priya. I got to cook in a true sense only when we moved abroad. My mother and MIL took care of kitchen while I helped them here and there. I was amazed at reading your experience.

  5. This is a really healthy and colorful rice.

  6. Nice and healthy dish. Thanks for sharing

  7. I would love to make this for myself as well. Your experience with cooking at a younger age is unimaginable in my circumstance. I started cooking at home from the age of 17 and never looked back :)

  8. I agree that sometimes we were forced to grow up too quickly! I somehow feel cooking for lot of people is easier than cooking for one or two. My mother is also having the same problem your parents have....This dish is so delicious and healthy as well!

  9. This looks a perfect one pot meal to enjoy anytime .

  10. Nice reading about your early days of cooking Priya. There are so many people who find it very difficult to appreciate -- they are just sad people.
    Tomato bulgur looks simply delicious.


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