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Because Ramadan is a holiday that requires a lot of fasting, most of the foods eaten during the permissible hours need to be very filling. This means that there is a certain degree of satisfaction that comes from eating traditional Ramadan foods that you won’t necessarily find in other meals.
Tabbouleh was not a well known food in the United States a few decades back, but it’s becoming more popular now because its packed with nutritional ingredients, it’s easy to make and has a nice fresh flavor (especially when garden fresh ingredients are used) that complements the season quite nicely.
- 1 cup bulgur
- 1 2/3 cups boiling water
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup fresh green onions, chopped
- 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
- 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 2 cucumbers, diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix thebulgur and boiling water in a large bowl and cover. Let it sit aside for about an hour to let the bulgur completely soften and absorb the moisture. When the bulgur is ready add the other ingredients and toss. Tabbouleh is best when you let it sit for at least another hour to absorb the flavors of the other ingredients. You may also want to wait until it’s time to serve before you mix in the salt and pepper so you can more accurately gauge the final flavor.
Tabbouleh can be eaten as a meal in and of itself, but many people like to serve it on a small cracker or cucumber slices as an appetizer.