20 minutes Turkish Bulgur Salad Kısır

We are making popular Turkish bulgur salad Kısır in 20 minutes with fresh greens and spices. As a menu along with kısır, I wanted to prepare a Turkish Ladies Tea party concept 🙂

So I made the first thing that comes in mind, borek with white cheese and completed the menu with stuffed grape leaves “dolma”, baklava and tulumba. Of course, the table is not completed without Turkish tea.

Kısır salad is very popular in tea time menus

Join me to see how I made the most popular Turkish salad recipe “Kisir” and how I prepared the menu. Even though it is popular among the ladies’ afternoon gatherings, it is surely a delicious menu to enjoy with family and loved ones too.


  • 1+1/4 cup thin bulgur
  • wheat 1 onion
  • 4-6 spring onions
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley
  • 3-5 pickles
  • 1 +1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • close to 1 tbsp sweet red pepper paste
  • 5-7 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp dried mint (you can get the spices and more details from here: https://bit.ly/spicesgurme)
  • 1 tsp each cumin, hot red pepper flakes 1 tsp sweet red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp isot pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp sumac (optional)
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • juice of a lemon

The Sweets and stuffed grape leaves I served: https://bit.ly/baklavagourme
The Tea Set: https://bit.ly/teasetgourme
Glass Bowls: https://bit.ly/bowlgourme

Spices are very important in Kısır recipe


  1. First soak the bulgur wheat in the same amount of hot water, cover, and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Cut the onion in small cubes. In a medium-size pan add 6-7 tbsp olive oil and saute the onion for about 4 minutes on low medium heat.
  3. Chop the vegetables, spring onions, parsley finely, and pickles in small cubes.
  4. Add tomato paste, red pepper paste, dried mint, cumin, and hot red pepper flakes and give it a stir.
  5. Add the bulgur wheat and salt and cook for about 3 more minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, you can brew your Turkish tea too 🙂
  7. Taste the kisir and add more spice if you like along with isot pepper, sweet pepper and sumac (these are optional)
  8. Add the fresh greens after it is cooled down and mix it gently.
  9. Finely add pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, and more olive oil if needed and enjoy with Turkish tea time treats
Turkish tea time menu
Turkish tea time

10 thoughts on “20 minutes Turkish Bulgur Salad Kısır”

  1. Alsalamo Alaykom sister, i hope you and your family are doing good and healthy. Just wanted to ask you how did you begin your journey with cooking and b/vlogging?! I love turkey and wish to visit one day.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Alaikum salam dear, Thank you so much. You are the first one to give comment in my new website! Sorry since I was in a holiday I didnt see the comments here. I began sharing my recipes in 2005 and after Youtube I started to film them. Working in the kitchen has always been a adventure and challenge for me! Vlogging is kinda new. I begin to like it that too 🙂

      1. I wish you the best in all. You are such an inspiration to me. I love your way of cooking, talking and your videos give such a peaceful feeling to those who watch.. When i visit istanbul one day i hope i can see you and i taste your lovely cooked food ☺☺ أحبك في الله ❤ Sincere love from Palestine

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