Bulgur Pilaf With Broccoli

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I woke up with an itch in my palm this morning, which reminded me of a Turkish superstition. There are thousands of superstitions in our culture and this one is about itching palms. Personally,  don’t believe in superstitions, but many people do. I find them funny though and I think these are a part of culture. So what does itchy palm mean? It depends on which of your palm itches. If your right palm itches, you are lucky beacuse it means you will unexpectedly get money from somewhere in a short time. In some regions, people also believe that if you rub your hair with that palm, the amount of money increases as much as your hair. However, itchy left palm is a sign that means you will lose or spend money on an unexpected expense in a short time. You should no way touch your left palm on your hair then!

It was luckily my right palm which was itchy this morning, but I haven’t received any unexpected money yet!

Today’s recipe to share with you is a great pilaf with bulgur and broccoli. We haven’t been eating white rice for months, so I’m trying new flavors either with bulgur or wheat pilaf. I boiled broccoli florets yesterday to make some salad, but it was more than enough, so I saved some of them to use in today’s pilaf. Believe or not, broccoli made a great twist on our regular bulgur pilaf. We paired it with sauteed chicken and in this way we had protein, vegetable and carbohydrate on the same plate. And  a small bowl of homemade yogurt completed this lunch with calcium. So healthy, isn’t it?

If you are looking for a new and tasty side dish to pair with meat or chicken, try this!

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Bulgur Pilaf With Broccoli
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A perfect side dish with bulgur and broccoli!
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup boiled bite-sized broccoli florets
  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp pepper paste or tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  1. Wash bulgur with hot water and drain. Melt butter in a pan. Add olive oil and heat.
  2. Saute chopped onion until golden. Add bulgur and saute it stirring for about 5 minutes.
  3. Toss in broccoli florets. Pour hot water and chicken stock. Add salt and other spices. Stir once. Bring it to boil, cover the pan and bring it to the lowest heat. Cook it until it absorbs all water.
  4. When it is done, lay paper towel on its surface and cover. This will remove the excessive steam in it and let it rest for about 15 minutes before serving.


  1. says

    That looks quite tasty! My husband’s not a big broccoli fan, but he might like it this way.

    I live in the US, and have always heard the superstition about itchy palms, too. I heard it meant money is coming your way. I haven’t heard the difference between left and right or the part about rubbing you hair, though.

  2. says

    What a wonderful idea to add broccoli to bulgur, it adds color and nutrition. While living in Jordan I learned that if you have a right hand itch you will greet someone and the left hand itch means you will receive money- different cutures different interpretations! Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Kate @ Diethood.com says

    Looks like we have a lot in common…that is, our cultures. We also believe the whole itchy palm thing :) … I do get excited when it’s my right!
    The bulgur is delicious…I like that it is with broccoli.

  4. says

    Not only does this look beautiful…but it is so healthy too! A real winner! I loved hearing about your itching palm too…we’ll see if any money falls your way! Thank you for sharing with me tonight! I hope you have a great weekend, my dear.

  5. says

    You are doing such a good job eating well!! I really need to motivate myself better in that direction. Your ingredients here are all tempting and would be a good place for me to start.
    And… so glad it was the correct palm that was itching! Fingers crossed that the $ come in!

  6. says

    we have the same superstition Zerrin ,but only the one concerning your right palm, lol
    another one that goes around the same idea is when you see floating bubbles on the surface of your coffee, it means you’ll get lots of money very soon. lol,
    we don’t take these superstitions seriously but it’s always funny to share them as they are part and parcel of our popular/oral patrimony.

    I tried your sauteed chicken with pepper this week and it was very yummy,
    keep sharing your beautiful recipes with us.

    ps: my question concerning the size of bulghur is referring to your lentil balls recipe but after re-reading it, i found the answer to my question.
    thanks again.

  7. says

    How funny – we have the exact same superstition here in Ireland. Unfortunately, my left palm tends to itch more than my right :)

    Will definitely try this bulgar – it is light yet flavoursome side, and the broccoli adds a lovely contrast.

  8. says

    Note to self: Buy bulgur. This looks grand and we have done white rice in eons – and I don’t do enough bulgur. Love the presentation and the twist of a little tomato paste.


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