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Tabbouleh kazabeh (Lying Tabbouleh) recipe

Tabbouleh kazabeh (Lying Tabbouleh)

Recipe By Hadias Cuisine


1 cup fine bulgur
1 large red onion, diced
A bunch of parsley, stems removed
A handful of fresh mint leaves
½ cup of green onions
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup olive oil
1 medium head of cabbage
3/4 cup of boiled cabbage water
½ teaspoon salt or to taste
Crushed chili or Habanero, to taste, optional
A drizzle of pomegranate molasses, optional


1. Boil water in a pot, large enough to accommodate a medium sized cabbage head.

2. Carve out the stem of the cabbage and add to the boiling water.  Leave it to boil about 15 minutes until the leaves are soft and pliable.  Remove the cabbage with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool down.  Save the boiled cabbage water, you will use some of it to hydrate the bulgur.

3. Place the bulgur in a bowl and add ½ cup of the cabbage water and stir well.  Keep aside for 20- 25 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, finely chop the mint leaves, green onions and parsley leaves.

5. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, add the diced red onion and stir constantly just to slightly change its color, you don’t need to thoroughly brown the onion. Add the tomato paste and stir well to infuse it with the onion, keep stirring for about 20 seconds.  Remove from heat and add it to the soaked bulgur.

6. To the bulgur,add the chopped mint leaves, green onions, parsley and crushed chili or Habanero, if used.  Adjust salt to your taste preference.   Fluff it with a fork, add a drizzle of pomegranate molasses if you wish and serve it with the boiled cabbage leaves! Happy eating!!

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