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Tavern Pilav     HT  MC  Turkish  70mins


Turkish Name: Meyhane Pilavi


Serves 4   Hot  Lamb   Vegetables  Grains  Spices   Main Course  Dairy Free  Eggless  Turkey  Europe  Asia



2 large Onions

350g/12oz Minced Lamb

2 tbsp Olive Oil

4 Capsicum (Sweet Peppers), deseeded and sliced

2 tbsp Tomatoes Puree

4  Tomatoes, chopped

960ml/32fl.oz. Boiling Water

2 teasp Salt

450g/1lb Bulgur Wheat

1 teasp Black Pepper

˝ teasp Ground Allspice

˝ teasp Ground Cinnamon




1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and sauté over a medium heat for 5 minutes stirring.


2. Raise the heat, add the lamb and continue to fry, stirring from time to time until the meat is lightly browned and  crumby. 


3.  Add the sliced peppers and sauté for 2 minutes. 


4. Add the tomato paste and tomatoes, mix well then cover and simmer for 3-4 minutes. 


5. Add the boiling water and salt, bring to the boil then stir in the bulgur, mixing well. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. 


6. Drain the excess liquid then add the black pepper, allspice and cinnamon. Mix well then remove from the heat, cover and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes. Serve hot.



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