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Cabbage with Tomatoes, Bulgur and Chickpeas


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. sweet paprika
  • 1 medium head cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1/2 jar tomato puree or 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup coarse bulgur
  • 15-ounce cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed



Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy lidded skillet or Dutch oven. Add the onion, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about five minutes. Stir in a pinch of salt and the paprika. Cook, stirring, until the onion is thoroughly tender and infused with paprika, three to four minutes.Add the cabbage, and cook, stirring, for three minutes or until it begins to wilt. Stir in the tomatoes, sugar and vinegar, and add salt to taste. Bring to a simmer, lower the heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes until the cabbage is thoroughly tender.Stir in the dill and the water, and bring a to a boil. Add the bulgur and chickpeas. Stir to combine. When the water comes back to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer 10 minutes or until all of the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat, taste and adjust seasonings, and serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from The New York Times