Leek With Bulgur

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Did I talk on the special occasions when Turkish people give some sweet treats to their colleagues or their neighbours  before? What reminded me to tell this Turkish tradition was one of my colleagues the other day. She came to my room at school with a box of chocolate in her hand just when I was about to go to class. She gently offered me chocolate from that box saying “I’ve bought a new car.” I thanked her saying “Happy for you! May it bring good luck and wish you enjoy driving without any accidents!” Then she replied “Wish you a better one!”As you can guess, these sentences are typical words that we say in such a case. You wish her the best and she replies with another good wish saying a sentence similar to my colleague’s. She went on visiting the rooms of other teachers one by one and offering them chocolate.

I’m always trying to be a good observer in my daily life to share our ordinary traditions with you here. So I told myself “You must mention this on your blog!” just as my colleague went out. I was on the way to my class thinking about some other examples of this tradition and remembered another colleague did the same when he finally got his PhD degree. A colleague offered chocolate to each colleague when she bought a new house. Still another friend offered Turkish delights when his baby was born.

So when people achieve something challenging or when they have something happy in their life, they want to share it with others around them and get good wishes from them.

Do you have a similar tradition in your culture?

As to this yummy leek dish, it is originally made with white rice, not with bulgur. Bulgur is my choice to make it healthier as I barely use rice in dishes because of blood sugar thing. Also I love the flavor of bulgur in vegetable or herb dishes. So using bulgur or rice is up to you.

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Leek With Bulgur
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A great combination of bulgur and leek. Use olive oil for this dish.
Serves: 4
  • ½ bunch of leek, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 onion, chooped
  • 2 tbsp bulgur
  • 1 tbsp pepper paste (or tomato paste)
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • salt to taste
  1. Heat olive oil and saute onion until golden. Add pepper paste and stir.
  2. Toss carrot first and then leek into pot.
  3. Pour lemon juice on them and toss bulgur over veggies.
  4. Cook it over high heat for 2 minutes, then stir and bring it to the lowest. Cook the dish for about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve it warm or cold.


  1. Kate @ Diethood.com says

    We also say similar things to one another when we buy a car, house…or when something good has happened, i.e. new baby, engagement, graduation, birthday…And we offer candy, chocolates, drinks, etc… to celebrate our great news :)

  2. says

    What a lovely tradition! The only occasion here in the United States when people give out gifts to celebrate their good fortune is the father of a new baby will hand out cigars to celebrate the birth of his child. Because of the anti smoking sentiment here now some have switched to giving out chocolate cigars. I love hearing about the traditions in your country!

    Your leek and bulgur dish looks so healthy and tasty! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    • says

      I remember watching it in a movie. A new father was hand out cigars to his friends. I can understand drinking, but not smoking to celebrate something. So chocolate cigars sound like a better one.

  3. says

    I love the idea of using bulgur in this, and leeks are one of my favorite winter foods. Such a great combination!

  4. says

    I love your philosophy about extending a kind jesture full of positive intention. I’ve always believed that when you share food, you share your soul. The chocolate story about your colleague was poignant. Now on to the healthy recipe… I’m going to need it after all this sweet loving!

    • says

      Couldn’t agree more with you. If you share your hapiness, it gets bigger. And if you do it with food, it gets even better!

  5. OysterCulture says

    What a lovely tradition, and aside from wishing new parents all the best cannot think of a similar one. I am certain I could start something though if i was to make and offer this delicious recipe of leeks and bulgur. What a hearty looking treat,

  6. says

    I love bulgur, it is so much more tasy and almost kind of nutty in flavor! And leeks were always my favorite. My mom plant them every year in her garden and she usually prepares them in a salad with hard boiled eggs and lemon-olive oil dressing.
    As for the traditions, I remeber when I was in school (25+++ years ago ^_-) anyone who had birthday was giving out candy to the whole class and teachers, even later in high school. Children don’t do this nowadays anymore :(, but it was so sweet and hey don’t forget the free candy!

  7. says

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMM,… What a delightful winter dish, dear Zerrin!

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  8. says

    Artık ben de bulgurla yapmayı tercih eder oldum herşeyi. Ve daha lezzetli olduğu konusunda sana katılıyorum. Zeytinyağlı pırasa da büyük oğlumun en sevdiği yemektir. Gerçi biraz ılık yer ama:))
    Eline sağlık …

  9. Kankana says

    That is such a sweet tradition ! :) This looks like a easy dish .. adding it in my wish list !

  10. Jennifer says

    Just tried this, but upped the amount a bunch (hubby’s a big eater, and I wanted leftovers…). Very tasty. Thank you for posting. BTW, I added the water right after the bulgur (and had to add a bit more, as I used more bulgur).


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