Among the most popular side dishes of all: bulgur, couscous and quinoa. The grains and grain products can be found in many classic and contemporary recipes.
They are ideal for side salads like Kisir, for example, but are also perfectly at home in various other forms, such as dumplings and loaves.
Not only are they delicious and versatile, but they are also easy to prepare in under 15 minutes. This makes them the perfect addition to any recipe, whether as a side dish or as the main ingredient. You can easily learn how to cook the grains properly with our delicious recipes that are guaranteed to succeed. With a little help, quinoa, couscous and bulgur are sure to become a new must-have in your kitchen!
Recipes with quinoa: from filling salads to quinoa as a side dish
Quinoa originates from South America and has started its triumphal procession in Europe in recent years. The small-grained, round and colorful so-called pseudo-cereal is often used in place of rice. Since it's only a pseudo-cereal, it is gluten-free, making it a great choice for those with gluten intolerance.
It is characterized by its soft but crunchy consistency and nutty taste.
But beware, quinoa can also quickly taste bitter if you forget to rinse it before cooking! The grain is easy to cook, but many are still intimated or complain that it lacks flavor. If this sounds like you, read on for tips and recipes for the most flavorful quinoa!
Once you've found the right way to prepare it, you will be just as enthusiastic about the grain as we are. Its versatility is particularly impressive. From superfood salads and breakfast bowls to sweet quinoa muesli, this grain is a true all-rounder.
Couscous and bulgur - a different take on wheat
Couscous and bulgur are both made from wheat (or durum wheat, barley or millet) and originate from North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. There, couscous is often eaten as a side dish. Bulgur, on the other hand, is used together with onion, garlic, tomato and bell pepper paste in vegan Çiğ Köfte, for example.
However, just like quinoa, couscous and bulgar are not only super delicious, but also very versatile and the perfect side dish. As long as you know how to prepare them properly. We'll show you how to prepare aromatic bulgur or spiced couscous. Once you've mastered the basics, you'll be ready to take on all sorts of bulgur and couscous salads or bowls.
Final tip: Couscous and bulgur are also excellent for super delicious filled vegetable dishes. A great example is our stuffed eggplants, with couscous.