Wednesday, October 13

Middle eastern feast #1 - Easiest tabbouleh in the world!

Well almost, the easiest tabbouleh to make in the world, because we all know actually the easiest tabbuleh in the world in the one you buy...  right?  This one takes so little time it's fabulous, especially when you're like me and have a lot of parsley to use.  And it's so refreshing.

Cost wise it's a winner too - even if you bought all the ingredients, I estimate it would cost less than $5 for a large bowl.  Growing mint and continental parsley like weeds mine cost less than $1.  You just can't beat that can you?

Cracked wheat too, cost me only $2.50 for 500g, and you need so little of it, it goes a long way.  These lebanese people were very clever.  Easy, flavoursome, healthy and CHEAP.  We like that.  We like it a LOT.

I've used the-gadget-du-jour - the Braun Multiquick 7 cordless - it made it so quick and easy, but you can chop up the ingredients too - no problems!

1/4 cup cracked wheat
1 medium brown onion, peeled and finely chopped
large bunch continental parsley, chopped finely (about 1 cup)
about 10 mint leaves, chopped finely
4 medium tomatoes, chopped finely (doesn't matter how messy it gets!)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tb lemon juice

In 125ml boiling water, pour in the cracked wheat.  Allow the wheat to asborb the water, should take about 5 minutes.

Add to your salad bowl.  Then add the onion, parsley, mint, tomatoes, garlic and mix well with a spoon.  

Add salt to taste (I used about 1tsp sea salt) and lemon juice. 

Serve!  This keeps well overnight if you use firm tomatoes - so you can make ahead for lunches or to entertain.
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1 lovely comments:

Anonymous said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Yum! My (late) sister in law used to make tabbouleh (and now my niece does) however their's is greener (more parsley) and uses burghul rather than cracked wheat. Noone else in my family would eat it (too salady) but maybe I can make some for a party someday.


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