Steamed Wheat with Lamb, Winter Vegetables, and Chickpeas

Preparation info

  • Serves

    4

    as a main dish
    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen

By Paula Wolfert

Published 2003

  • About

In this popular home dish from the southern Tunisian town of Gafsaa, coarse bulgur is steamed like couscous until tender, tossed with a savory, peppery lamb and vegetable stew, then baked like a gratin.

This dish is prepared with only the smallest amount of liquid, just the moisture exuded by its humble vegetables—cabbage, turnips, carrots, and onions—creating a sweet, burnished-onion flavor counterpointed by peppery aromatics. The pan juices are thinned a bit to moisten the steamed