Start your meal with this nice plate: Bulgur wheat balls

Start your meal with this nice plate: Bulgur wheat balls

How to Make Bulgur wheat balls

Preparation time:

less than 30 mins

Cooking time:

10 to 30 mins


Serves 4




For the bulgur wheat balls

  • 200g/7oz bulgur wheat
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 heaped tsp turmeric
  • 2 heaped tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 20g/½oz fresh coriander
  • 80g/3oz dried cranberries
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

To serve

  • 200g/7oz Greek yoghurt
  • 150g/5½oz sweet tamarind
  • 25g/1oz nigella seeds
  • 4 tbsp fresh coriander


  1. Cook the bulgur wheat for a little longer than the packet instructions say, so it’s very puffy (about 20 minutes). Rinse under cold water to remove the starch and leave to drain until cool enough to handle.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.

  3. Mix all the ingredients, except the oil, for the bulgur wheat balls together. Squeeze the mixture using your hands so it sticks together. Shape the mixture into golf-ball sized balls or patties, don’t worry about making them into perfect balls. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  4. Heat a large frying pan and add the oil, once hot add the balls and fry or 3-4 minutes. Finish them in the oven for 5-10 minutes if you like.

  5. Serve on sticks with a drizzle of Greek style yoghurt, sweet tamarind sauce, a sprinkle of nigella seeds and more fresh coriander.

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