Drinking House Pilaf Recipe(Meyhane Pilavı Tarifi)

Drinking House Pilaf

This pilaf is mainly served in Turkish drinking houses with raki, which is the traditional Turkish alcoholic drink. That’s why its name is drinking house pilaf (meyhane pilavı). However, it is also a very common pilaf cooked in any Turkish home. This pilaf is eaten as a side dish, generally with kidney peas or chickpeas.

Meyhane Pilavi

•    1 cup pounded wheat (bulgur)
•    1 big onion, chopped
•    2 garlic cloves, sliced
•    1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, chopped
•    2 tomatoes, chopped
•    3 tbsp olive oil
•    ½ tbsp tomato or pepper paste
•    1 1/2 cup water
•    Pepper flakes
•    Salt

Saute chopped onion in olive oil until it gets brown.
Add tomato/pepper paste in it. Then put chopped peppers, tomatoes, salt and pepper flakes in it. Stir it for 5 minutes until they get soft.
Then it’s time to add bulgur (pounded wheat). Saute it for 5 minutes. When you start to feel the smell of bulgur, pour water and stir just once. Put the pot’s lid on. And reduce the heat to the lowest.
It will be ready after about 20 minutes.
Now you can pour raki and water in a glass and enjoy your meal.


  1. Leesie says

    I have yet to come across that pepper paste you use so often in your recipes, oh well, I will have to look harder. I’d like to try it for an authentic recipe. I also wonder if I can find this *pounded* bulgur wheat? Hmmm.

    Anyway, this is another lovely, lovely dish Zerrin. Your photography is really beautiful!

  2. says

    Jessie and Cajun- Thank you. Pilaf is wonderful in different versions, isn’t it?

    Leesie- Pepper paste is so common in our cuisine and it gives a wonderful flavor to several dishes. I’m so lucky about it as mom makes pepper paste in big amounts every summer, and she sends us two big jars of it. I’m going to prepare a post on it soon.

    Doc Roc- Thank you for stopping by and leaving this so helpful comment. When I googled it, I found a very popular pepper paste brand, ‘Tamek’. I can recommend it without any doubt.

  3. says

    I love bulgur (and so does my body!) and will be trying this soon.

    Leesie, although I’m not Turkish, I always have a jar or two of pepper paste in the house. It has SO many uses – even as a spread on bread!


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