This dish is a real show stopper!

And is so versatile, keeping well overnight and letting the flavours develop to be served cold the next day.

It can be shaped into patties, mixed with minced meat such as lamb or served loose in a couscous salad.

To change it up, try swapping out the lemon juice for pomegranate syrup!

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To prepare the Kisir

In a large saucepan, sauté the onions in the oil until they turn translucent - about five minutes.

Add the tomato paste and cook over medium heat for two minutes, stirring all the while with a wooden spoon. Add the chopped fresh tomatoes, leave them to simmer on a low heat for four minutes, then add the water. Bring to a boil, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the bulgur.

Add the molasses, lemon juice, parsley, chopped spring onion, chilli, garlic and cumin.

Season, stir, then set aside until the salad has cooled to room temperature or is just lukewarm.

Taste, adjust the seasoning as necessary - it will probably need plenty of salt - and spoon on to a serving dish. Roughly flatten out the salad with a palette knife, creating a wave-like pattern on the surface, then scatter pomegranate seeds over it. Drizzle olive oil over the top and finish with mint leaves and the extra spring onion.


  • Serves 4
  • 2 large onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 90ml olive oil, plus more to finish
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 90ml water
  • 400g coarse bulgur wheat
  • 1½ tsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 3 spring onions, finely shredded, plus an extra one to garnish
  • 2 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • 1 handful mint leaves, some whole, some roughly shredded

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