There is a difference between Cracked wheat and Bulgur wheat - Cracked wheat is uncooked. Its just wheat seeds crushed into small pieces.
Bulgur wheat is basically whole wheat that has been washed, steamed, dehulled, parched or dry-cooled, cracked, then sifted into various forms
The story behind how Bulgur came into existence is interesting. As in Middle east there was scarcity of fuel, people steamed the wheat seeds and then dried them. These seeds when cooked took very less time to prepare. The method also kept the nutrients intact.
In 221 BCE the Qin Ruler in China banned Noodles because he thought that noodles made the character of men soft (read flabby and fat). So barely cooked grains and wheat porridge were given to toughen his countrymen for the struggle toward independence. During that time consumption of wheat swept through china and into Japan and India.
Here is how I make it to toughen myself and my man.
1. 1 cup bulgur wheat.
2. 1 onion finely chopped.
3. few curry leaves.
4. 1 tsp mustard seeds.
5. Few french beans finely chopped.
6. 1 potato finely chopped and microwaved. Put it in a container and microwave for 3 minutes, then shakes so that the pieces move well and gain microwave for 2 minutes.
7. 1 tsp oil.
8. Salt to taste
9. 1 tsp sugar (optional).
10. 2 cups water.
1. In a pan add mustard see to the oil and let them splutter.
2. Add onions, curry leaves and french beans. Cook till onion changes it color.
3. Add Bulgur and stir fry it for 5 minutes or till the time it the color turn a little brown and you get the aroma.
4. Add in the potatoes.
5. Add salt and sugar.
6. Add water and cover for 5 minutes.
7. Bulgur cooks very fast. so keep an eye.
Do You Know - Bulgur is very high in Fiber and also rich in "B" vitamins, iron, phosphorous and manganese,