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Recipe for Armenian red lentils and bulgur (vospov khyma) {vegan}

Armenian red lentils and bulgur

A few years ago, my friend Pauline introduced me to the International House of Rhode Island, a cultural crossroads for visitors from all around the world. In addition to short-term housing and language classes, several times a month International House hosts themed dinners and potlucks, where visitors and volunteers share the foods of their homeland. Louise, a long-time volunteer, often brings these Armenian red lentils with bulgur, a nutritious vegan side or main dish, served with a salad. Louise's recipe is a pantry lover's dream: every ingredient, except the parsley on top, comes right from the cupboard.

Armenian red lentils and bulgur

From the pantry, you'll need: red lentils, bulgur wheat, onions, olive oil, kosher salt, fresh black pepper, and parsley (from the garden).

Serves 6-8 as a side dish.


2 cups red lentils
6 cups water
1 onion, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup fine bulgur wheat
Kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish


Clean and wash red lentils, and place in a stock pot with 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, and then simmer over low heat. In the meantime, in a small frying pan, sauté chopped onion in olive oil until light brown. Add to lentils.

When the lentils are cooked (about 1/2 hour), remove from stove and stir in bulgur, plus salt and pepper to taste. Let stand until bulgur has absorbed all of the liquid. Serve at room temperature or warm, topped with chopped parsley.

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Coconut red lentil soup, from 101 Cookbooks
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This recipe reminds me a bit of Mujadarrah, one of my favorite middle eastern dishes that combines rice and lentils. Bet I would like this one too.

I have everything on hand, save for the bulgar wheat. Since becoming a visitor here, my pantry is much more complete.

Sounds like a great winter night dish.

Could the Bulger be substituted with Quinoa I wonder?

This is my favorite type of pantry meal - simple ingredients, deep flavor, lotsa fiber.

Kalyn, it has that same simplicity as mujadarrah -- lentils, onions, rice or bulgur. It's always a small miracle when dishes like these come together.

Mimi, so lovely to hear from you. This is a warm-your-tummy winter dish, really great with a salad and some crusty bread.

Carol, you could use quinoa, though you'd have to cook it with the lentils rather than letting it absorb liquid after the main cooking is done. If you try it, let me know how you like it.

TW, same here. Simple, straightforward, and oh-so-healthy.

What a simple, healthy recipe. The International House sounds like a wonderful place to learn about new cultures (and food!)

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