Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Turmeric Pilaf Recipe | Abel & Cole

Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Turmeric Pilaf

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Serves4-6 people
Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Turmeric Pilaf

Spring greens and purple sprouting broccoli are fried till tender, folded through a spiced bulgar wheat pilaf and dressed with garlic, lemon and tahini.


  • 300g purple sprouting broccoli
  • 300g spring greens
  • 4 onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 400g vine tomatoes
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 500g bulgar wheat
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 lemon
  • A handful of chervil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ltr + 2 tbsp boiling water
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1. Trim any woody ends off the purple sprouting broccoli and chop the stalks into bite-sized pieces, leaving the leaves on. Trim the woody cores out of the spring greens and shred the leaves. Peel the onions and thinly slice them. Peel and thinly slice 2 of the garlic cloves. Dice the tomatoes.
2. Pour 1 tbsp oil into a large pan and warm to a medium-high heat. Add the broccoli and spring greens along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir fry the vegetables for 4-5 mins till tender with a slight bite. Scoop the greens out of the pan.
3. Pour another 1 tbsp oil into the pan. Slide in the onions and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Fry the onions for 6-8 mins, stirring often, till slightly softened. Stir in 1 tsp caraway seeds, 1 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp ground cumin and the sliced garlic cloves. Fry for 2 mins, stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 5 mins, stirring often, till they begin to soften. Fill and boil your kettle.
4. Tip the bulgar wheat into the pan and crumble in the stock cube. Add 1 ltr boiling water and stir well. Bring to the boil, then pop a lid on the pan and remove it from the heat. Set aside for 20 mins, till the bulgar wheat has soaked up the liquid and is tender.
5. Meanwhile, spoon 1 tbsp tahini into a small bowl. Peel the remaining garlic clove and grate it into the bowl. Grate in the lemon zest and squeeze in the juice. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Pour in 2 tbsp boiling water and stir well.
6. Fluff up the tender bulgar wheat with a fork and stir through the spring greens and purple sprouting broccoli. Divide the pilaf between bowls, drizzle over the tahini sauce and garnish with the chervil leaves to serve.
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