Bulgur wheat is made by soaking cooked whole wheat kernels (berries) which are then dried and part of the bran is removed. The remaining pieces are cracked into small pieces. Bulgar can be cooked quickly, in just 12 minutes and served as a grain or used in breads, soups, and even desserts.
Given bulgur is a wheat product those who have issues with gluten should steer clear. Otherwise it is healthful grain to add to your diet.
This product is easy to find in most well-stocked grocery stores. You can typically find organic bulgur in bulk at Whole Foods Market. Bob's Red Mill is a very good brand.
Combine one cup of bulgur and 2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover the pan and turn the heat down enough to keep the water to a simmer. Cook 12 minutes. Drain off any excess liquid and fluff the grain with a fork.
If you don't have bulgur you can substitute (per cup needed):
1 cup cracked wheat (takes longer to cook) OR> 1 cup quinoa OR> 1 cup rice OR> 1 cup whole wheat couscous