EETCH/EECH (Armenian Bulgar Salad)
Eetch/eech, also known as Armenian bulgur salad, is a traditional Armenian dish that consists of cooked bulgur wheat, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, parsley, and other herbs and spices.
Super fresh and flavourful, this is a delightful addition to any party spread.
WE MADE THIS!
Eetch has been a staple of Armenian cuisine for centuries. It’s similar to tabbouleh, but features a deeper flavour by cooking the bulgar in a rich tomato sauce. We really enjoyed this and plan to serve it at many more parties to come!
This was our favourite recipe, with plenty of fresh herbs and a delightful tang from the freshly squeezed lemon juice. We doubled the ingredients to make a big bowl with 8 decent servings.
Heat half of the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion and bell peppers until soft
Meanwhile, mix the tomato paste with the water and a pinch of salt
Add the tomato mixture, lemon juice, paprika and cumin to the saucepan and bring to the boil, before simmering for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat
Add the bulgar and stir well. Season with salt & pepper. Mix in the mint, basil, and most of the parsley (reserve some for garnish), then set aside to cool
Scoop the eetch into a bowl. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley and some chopped raw onion. Drizzle some olive oil, then serve with lavash bread!
This recipe includes sumac and a little heat from some chilli powder
Gasia uses fresh tomatoes and jalapeno in this video for a fantastically vibrant version:
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