Bulgur and Sweet Potato Pilaf

Bulgur with sweet potatoes

This attractive dish has a subtle sweet flavor and the crunch of toasted walnuts. Double this recipe for a great winter holiday grain dish—it’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. Recipe adapted from Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen by Vicki Chelf ©2011, Square One Publishing, reprinted by permission. 

Serves: 3 to 4

  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, finely diced
    (scrub well to keep peel on; or peel if desired)
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup bulgur (cracked wheat; or substitute quinoa for a gluten-free variation)
  • 5 or 6 fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced dried apricots
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Minced fresh parsley for garnish

Bring the water to a boil in a small pot and add the bouillon cube, which will begin to dissolve. Reduce the heat to very low to keep warm.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the celery, sweet potatoes, and garlic, and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, adding small amounts of water to keep the skillet moist.


Add the bulgur and sage, stir a minute, then add the apricots and turmeric. Mix well and carefully add the bouillon liquid (it will sizzle and splatter). Cover immediately, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.

Fluff the pilaf with a fork, and season with salt and pepper. Top with walnuts and parsley, and serve.

Bulgur pilaf with sweet potato recipe


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