Friday, 13 April 2012

Tabbouleh - A Lebanese Broken wheat salad (Daliya salad)

"Tabbouleh" is a salad made of broken wheat or burghul or Daliya (in hindi) and other fresh ingredients, and is very popular in the Arab world.
Broken Wheat is low in fat and absolutely free of saturated fats, cholesterol and trans fats. Hence this food is a great way to help maintain a consistent weight loss regimen.

There are very many Indian dishes which use broken wheat or Daliya but somehow I have never liked them so much hence never managed to include broken wheat in my diet.
But from the day I tasted this salad in a restaurant in Fujairah UAE , I loved this. It has very simple and commonly available ingredients so managed to recreate it.
Now broken wheat is part of our regular diet.
Try making it, and am sure it'll be part of your regular diet too.

Serves 1
fresh parsley - 1 bunch - finely shredded
fresh mint leaves - 1 handful - finely shredded
Lemons - juice of 1 or 2
Burghul or Broken Wheat or Daliya - 4 tbsp
tomatoes - 2 - diced
green shallots - 4 - finely chopped
Salt - 1 tsp 
Pepper - freshly ground - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 1 tsp
Lettuce leaves, to serve - Optional

Wash parsley and mint and drain well. Squeeze lemon over burghul or broken wheat or Daliya and leave to soften, about 10 mins.
Combine parsley, mint, tomato, shallot and softened burghul/broken wheat. Season with salt and pepper and mix in olive oil. The best way to mix is to use your hands. 
To eat, spoon some of the tabbouleh onto a lettuce leaf, roll up and eat.
Tabbouleh can be prepared 1-2 hours ahead, but add salt, pepper and oil just before serving.

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