Monday, April 19, 2021

All-In with One Pot: An Easy and Sumptuous One Pot Dish with Duru Bulgur

Staying home and cooking for the family in this new normal presents its own unique set of challenges. The day's menu often depends on what's available, and with restrictions on mobility still enforced, heading out of home to buy essentials must be well-planned. And cooking the same dish all over again just won't cut it. Why not try something different?  

The quarantine experience due to the pandemic brought the home kitchen back to life in many households as it once again became the hub of family activities. Getting creative in the kitchen allowed many of us to reconnect and strengthen family bonds but when you're doing the same dish over and over again, that just dampens the home dining experience. It's time to serve something new and refreshingly different. And healthier too. With Duru Bulgur...

Described as the 4,000 year old Miracle Food, bulgur is a type of cereal made from cracked parboiled groats of several different wheat species such as durum wheat. It's the staple that nourished ancient civilizations and used for hearty soups, stews and salads and even desserts in Middle Eastern, Greek, Indian and Armenian cuisine. Almost like couscous, the cereal is a versatile ingredient that can be used for a variety of dishes or as a healthier substitute for rice. You can now experience this age-old and authentic staple at home with Duru Bulgur known the world over for its rich and natural flavor made with high-quality wheat using a traditional stone milling process. Duru Bulgur is available in leading supermarkets as well as online via from DyGen Food Ventures, Inc. (for more on the imported brand offerings from DyGen Food Ventures, Inc., see my post, New Year, New Flavors and New Recipes from DyGen Food Ventures, Inc.).

Bulgur offers countless health benefits, including high fiber content, low glycemic index and rich in vitamins and minerals. All this translates to a healthier alternative to rice and perfect for controlling and managing diabetes, obesity, weight and cardiovascular health. But the real proof of the pudding is in that first bite. Duru Bulgur offers clean and subtle notes that pair well in any savory dish, from salads and soups to stews. And you can add a healthier spin to the usual Rice Pilaf in minutes with Duru Bulgur.

One of the dishes you can prepare with Duru Bulgur is a tasty version of Rice Pilaf replacing rice with bulgur. The basic recipe for the Duru Bulgur Pilaf is detailed below for your reference, along with a comforting recipe for Cream of Bulgur Soup:

Bulgur Pilaf with Meat


1 Cup Course Bulgur
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Chopped Mushrooms
1 Large Onion
100 g Beef (boiled)
1 tbsp Butter
1 tsp Salt
2 Cups Hot Water
1 Cubed Medium Bell Pepper


Put Olive Oil and Butter in a broad pan. Add Onion and Bell Peppers, fry for 2 minutes under low heat. Add Boiled Beef and fry for 2 minutes. Add Bulgur, Salt and Hot Water. Let it simmer for 15 minutes or until bulgur has absorbed the water. rest for 20 minutes and serve. 

Cream of Bulgur Soup


4 Cups of Chicken Broth
1 Cup Course Bulgur
1 Celery
1 Carrot
4 pcs. Mushrooms
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Flour
2 Stems of Coriander
1 Cup Cream
Salt to taste
1 tsp Ginger Powder
1 tsp Curry Powder


Boil Chicken Broth with Bulgur. Sauté chopped celery, carrots and mushrooms in Olive Oil. Add Flour and sauté for one minute and turn off heat. Add sauteed vegetables in boiling soup, flavor the soup with fresh coriander, salt, ginger powder and curry powder. Turn heat to low and add cream and boil for one more minute. serve hot. 

Easy, right? But you can be creative in the kitchen and add more ingredients for a unique dish that's perfect for the entire family at home. And healthy too.

Go ahead and be creative as well in the home kitchen using Duru Bulgur. The basic recipe called for slabs of tender boiled beef, but I used ground beef instead since this was readily available. You can also opt for meatballs too. The stock for the bulgur is what adds flavor to the dish. I added some beef cubes as well as the liquid from the canned mushrooms to infuse more flavor as the bulgur simmers. In addition to the ground beef, mushrooms and bell peppers, I added diced carrots and green peas to the pot for my own take on the Bulgur Pilaf recipe. You can add your favorite vegetables to the pot or whatever's in the ref like broccoli, celery, potatoes or cauliflower. Be creative, this one pot dish allows you to add your favorite ingredients and vegetables all in one pot limited only by your imagination. Or what's available in the fridge or home pantry. 

Once cooked, add a few dabs of White Truffle Flavored Oil for that lavish finishing touch also available from DyGen Food Ventures, Inc. (see more of the products offered by DyGen Food Ventures, Inc. on my post, New Year, New Flavors and New Recipes from DyGen Food Ventures, Inc.). Then, grab a bowl loaded with the soft, fluffy Bulgur and enjoy. The savory richness of the tender and juicy ground beef and the subtle sweetness of the vegetables all come together in this one-pot dish. 

Despite the seeming isolation of the quarantine, you don't have to prepare the same dish at home over and over again. Dining at home, the rise of the food delivery culture and increased online usage are just some of the emerging consumer habits that will continue long after the vaccine roll-out. But you still can prepare healthier dishes at home, after all, your diet is the first line of defense in a lingering pandemic. All you need is one pot. And Duru Bulgur...

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