I wasn’t super hungry this evening and, thinking about what to take for lunch tomorrow, I decided to try out Itamar’s Bulgur Pilaf (pg. 242). It was light, just as Chef said it would be, and completely satisfying.
I thought I would have a tough time finding the currants, but they were right next to the raisins in the grocery store and pretty cheap, too! I was pleasantly surprised, especially considering I’ve never bought them before or really seen them in anything besides a scone, maybe? I was also worried about the coriander seeds, but I found them in the new bulk spices area in the store, so I could grab the 2 tablespoons needed and didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg. The toughest ingredient actually turned out to be the pink peppercorns. I had to buy a blend that included pinks (as well as green, white, and black). I thought about picking out the pinks, but decided as long as there were a few in there, the taste probably wouldn’t turn out that different! The cooking began.
It went quickly. The whole thing took around 40 minutes, half of which was letting the whole pot sit, which was nice. I like quick, easy, and light meals that leave plenty for leftovers 🙂 Finally, after letting it sit, it was time to try it out. Chef says its “full of little surprises” and boy, is he right! The little surprises he is referring to are the whole peppercorns (which I loved), the currants (which gave a little sweetness), and the coriander (which I found to be a little too overwhelming of a surprise). I don’t think I’ve ever had coriander seeds before and I have to say, while I liked the accent they gave the dish, I think, when I make this again, I will put fewer in, as I did not overly care for them. Therefore, I give this dish 4 stars. While I agree with Chef that it was light and comforting, and it certainly was delicious, the coriander was a bit much for me.