Arabic Language Blog

How to Cook Lebanese Bulgur With Tomatoes Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Arabic Language, Culture

Marhaba! It has been a while since I last shared a recipe with you dear Arabic lovers. No worries, I want you all to know that my wife and I are still cooking very tasty Middle Eastern dishes and our friends keep asking us for more and more dishes, as well as recipes. Today, I want to teach you how to cook bulgur, known as dried crack wheat, with tomatoes the Lebanese way. This is a very popular dish in many Middle Eastern, Asian, and European countries. I got this recipe from my mother in law, and both our families have been using this recipe for decades. So, please give it a shot and let me know how it goes. You can easily serve this easy and very tasty dish with other Lebanese and more generally Middle Eastern dishes. My wife and I have and serve this dish with cold yogurt.

Bulgur with Tomatoes
برغل مع الطماطم

Image via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0)

Ingredients (المكونات)
Ground coarse bulgur (برغل خشن)
– 3 Tomatoes (طماطم)
– 4 tablespoons of tomato paste (معجون الطماطم)
– 4 medium onions (بصل)
Olive oil (زيت الزيتون)
– 1 teaspoon of salt (ملح)
– 1 teaspoon allspice (سبعة بهارات)
– 1 teaspoon cumin (كمون)
– 1 container of salty Yogurt (optional)

Image via Wikimedia Commons (CC 4.0)

Directions (طريقة التحضير)
Wash (اغسل) and drain bulgur
– Peel and chop (قطع) tomatoes
– Dissolve tomato paste in water
– Chop onions
– Heat olive oil in a sauce pan and then add onions until they become golden
– Mix in bulgur and stir for a couple of minutes
Add (أضف) tomatoes, spices, tomato paste,  3 cups of hot water, bulgur, and onions in a pot
– Let all ingredients simmer on a low heat with the lid on the pot for about 25 minutes. Add more water if necessary
– Remove from stove and leave the pot to cool down for 10 minutes
– Add olive oil to the pot and mix all the ingredients thoroughly
– Serve dish with yogurt (زبادي )and mint leaves on the side.

Image via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0)

For now take care and stay tuned for upcoming posts!
Happy Learning!
Have a nice day!!
نهاركم سعيد


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Keep learning Arabic with us!

Build vocabulary, practice pronunciation, and more with Transparent Language Online. Available anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Try it Free Find it at your Library
Share this:
Pin it

About the Author: jesa

Salam everyone! Born as an American to two originally Arab parents, I have been raised and have spent most of my life in Beirut, Lebanon. I have lived my good times and my bad times in Beirut. I was but a young child when I had to learn to share my toys and food with others as we hid from bombs and fighting during the Lebanese Civil War. I feel my connection to Arabic as both a language and culture is severing and so it is with you, my readers and fellow Arabic lovers, and through you that I wish to reestablish this connection by creating one for you.


  1. Ken Smith:

    How much bulgar is required for this recipe? I have two 8.8 ounce bags.

    Thanks I am going to look for other recipes from you as my Syrian friend has told me many times that Lebanese food is the best!

    • jesa:

      @Ken Smith Salam Ken,

      For this recipe, I use 2.5-3 cups, but some people use less or more. So, it depends on how thick you want the bulgur to be. When I use this recipe, i go for 2.5 cups! Good luck and tell me how the dish comes out 🙂