Sunday, November 9, 2008

Kishke Recipe

Lebanese Bulgur and Yogurt (Kishke also Kishkeh, Keshke, or Keshkeh) recipe.

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup Bulgur wheat - "burghul"
  • 1/2 cup cucumber - finely chopped
  • 1 cup plain yogurt - fat-free
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint - chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt - to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper - to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro - finely chopped
Preparation:
  • Place the yogurt in a fine strainer, or cloth, and allow excess liquid to drain for at least 30 minutes. The yogurt will thicken to a heavy, creamy consistancy. The volume will be reduced to about 3/4 cup. If you are using Greek or Arabic style yogurt this step is not needed but reduce volume to 3/4 cup.
  • Soak the bulgur in warm water for 15 minutes, then put in a strainer and press out all excess water. cup dry bulgur will make cup cooked (soaked) bulgur.
  • Combine all ingredients except for cilantro. Place on a serving platter. Chill, then decorate with cilantro and serve.
Note - may be eaten in small bowls with a spoon or scooped with toasted pita depending on consistancy.

Adapted from: "Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East and North Africa "
by Habeeb Salloum

Each (app 1/2 cup) serving (bread excluded) contains an estimated:

Cals: 67, FatCals: 2, TotFat: 0g
SatFat: 0g, PolyFat: 0g, MonoFat: 0g
Chol: 1mg, Na: 123mg, K: 228mg
TotCarbs: 12g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 5g
NetCarbs: 10g, Protein: 5g

Note: You can use the higher fat Whole Milk yogurt if you prefer a richer tasting version of this and dietary fat is not of specific concern.

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