İçli Köfte (Turkish)

Turkish Dumplings

This recipe comes from South East Turkey. It is very popular and every woman wants to learn how to prepare this dish. Some people put some nuts and different spices in the meat filling. Some only steam it; some of them steam and then deep fry it.

  • Ingredients
  • 200g bulgur wheat)
  • 57g semolina
  • 50g all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 fl oz water
  • 1 tbsp pepper paste
  • Salt
  • Filling:
  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 big onion finely chopped
  • salt, black pepper
  • 2-3 tbsps margarine or butter
  • 1 tbsp pepper paste ( kırmızı biber salçası )
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • chopped parsley
  • oil to fry
  • Procedure
  • 1 Put the margarine in a saucepan, let it melt and add chopped onion. Sauté until the onion turn golden brown. Add pepper paste and minced beef, spices, stir to combine. Let that simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • 2 Add the chopped parsley and turn the heat off. Set aside to cool down. Put the filling in the fridge for a while to chill. Meanwhile, to make wheat dough, put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and knead well for about 25 minutes.
  • 3 If necessary add a little more water to the bulgur dough, because the dough should be smooth and elastic to be able to give shape.
  • 4 Grab some dough as big as golf ball and make an egg shape by holding in your left hand.
  • 5 Wet your right hand index finger with water and make a little hole in the centre of the ball turning the ball in your hand, make the ball like a thin shell. Put 1 tablespoon filling and close the edges together by sealing with your fingers evenly.
  • 6 They are supposed to be nice and firm. If they tend to break while you are shaping them, then start it again all over. They must be unbroken otherwise they will crack and fall to pieces.
  • 7 Fill 3-4 cups water in a deep pan and when it comes to boil, put kofta a few at a time and boil for 20 minutes. Drain them and deep fry before serving.

Servings: 15 kofta in total – 5 as a starter or 3 as a main

This is a recipe from a Turkish newspaper and was translated to me by a friend. No changes have been made



Filed under Sides and Snacks, Turkish

7 responses to “İçli Köfte (Turkish)

  1. A friend of mine brought me some herbs and spices from Turkey, also a special mix for kofte. No idea what’s in it.

  2. Jo Ann Phelps

    It’s lunch time here in the states and you have made me want them NOW!. I printed recipe. Will let you know who things turn out!

    • Rosamond

      I look forward to your opinions in due course :-). They are a bit time consuming initially but once you get the hang of the kneading they are easy. You could cut the time of the kneading if you use the dough hooks on a food processor. I have another similar recipe i got from my Kurdish foster daughters interpreter but instead of using bulgar wheat its mushy longrain rice. Watch out for it coming soon.’Iraqi/Turkish Stuffed Rice balls’

  3. Rosamond

    Sorry for the delay in replying DLCS but your comment was in my spam folder :-/
    Have you tried the spices yet? The kofta you are talking about is probably the all meat one (minced) that is fried in a shallow pan. I know that it contains parsley, red pepper, black pepper thyme and a few other ingredients.

  4. OK, Rosamond, you are totally inspiring me on the cooking front these days. I never had an English-language recipe for this before – I might be brave enough to try it! Thank you!

    • Rosamond

      Ahh thank you. I will keep posting and i am sure you will always find something to interest you if you like to try international food with a bit of spice 😉

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