This dish is one of my favourite discoveries of the Beirut trip. A number of people told us that we had to have Armenian food while we were there. Armenians have lived in Lebanon for centuries and many now live in the Bourj Hammoud neighbourhood of Beirut.
I did not know what to expect at all as we headed out to Seza, except that the food will be spicier than Lebanese food. It was truly a wonderful meal, the service was delightfully friendly and of course the highlight of the evening was discovering new dishes like Basterma (cured meat), Kibbeh (raw meat), Boerek Maison (cheese pies), Manti (dumplings in yoghurt) and Itch (Bulgur Salad).
Adapted from The Gutsy Gourmet —heinstirred
extra virgin olive oil
large onion, chopped
hot pepper sauce
tin chopped tomatoes
lemon juice (optional, if tomatoes aren't very sweet then don’t use)
parsley, finely chopped
medium sized spring onions/scallions chopped
more chopped parsley for serving
In This Recipe
Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil on a low heat until it is translucent and soft.
Add the cumin, tomato paste and pepper sauce and stir well.
Add the tinned tomatoes and salt, stir and bring to a simmer for about 3 minutes while stirring
Check the tomato sauce and add the lemon juice if needed.
Remove from heat and stir in the bulgur and mix well.
Cover the pan and let it stand for 30 minutes for the bulgur to cook in the sauce.
You can add ¼ cup boiling water if the mixture seems too dry.
Remove the lid and stir in the chopped parsley and spring onions.
Serve warm or cold garnished with some more chopped parsley.