Blé (Wheat)



  • 1/2 cup of red beans
  • 1 cup of Bulgar Wheat
  • 1/4 of onion
  • 1/4 of tomato
  • one leek crushed with a mortar and pestle
  • salt,black pepper, thyme and parsley
  • garlic
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • I’ve taken the liberty of adding a hint of honey ( I just can’t get enough of it)


  1. Fill a pot with water. Let it reach its boiling point. Pour the beans into the hot water. Boil for about 1 hour(YES! ONE HOUR!)  or until cooked ( bite into one bean to make sure it’s soft enough) . Do not throw the water away after boiling!
  2. Cut your 1/4 of onion and 1/4 of tomato into dices.Add leek. Pour oil into another pot. Fry your onions and tomatoes. Add  your spices(and honey?) and stir for about 1 mn.
  3. Measure your boiling water (the one you used to cook the beans). If it doesn’t reach 2 cups, Add extra water (or coconut milk) to it.  You need 2 cups of water total (including the brown boiling water)!
  4. Add your Bulgar wheat.  Cover your pot with the lid. Let it cook under medium fire until the water runs low and meal is cooked.

In this recipe, the Bulgar Wheat can be replaced with rice (preferably Jasmine rice). In this case it’s called “duri kolé” , pronounced dju-ree-co-lay. A traditional dish, eaten on a regular basis in our culture (Almost everyday).

I had mine with baked salmon….  🙂

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