Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Cig Kofte

(Yalanci Cig Kofte)

Cig Kofte
300 gr potatoes, boiled, leave in the fridge overnight, then peel and grate
300 gr bulgur, small grain, washed, drained
1 medium size onion, grated
1-2 garlic cloves, grated
3 tbsp red pepper paste
1 tsp cumin
Crushed pepper, adjust the amount as you wish
1 tsp salt
1 pinch black pepper
1 bunch of parsley, washed, drained, finely chopped, divided

Romaine salad, washed, drained
2 fresh green onions, finely chopped
Lemon wedges

Place grated potatoes, bulgur, onion, garlic, red pepper paste, cumin, crushed pepper, salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Weigh down and knead them very well all together for about 45 minutes. Add half of the parsley and knead 5 more minutes. Take a small piece, give it a cylinder shape with your palms, squeeze and leave finger marks on it as seen in the picture.

Place the green salad leaves on a service plate. Arrange the Cig Kofte on them. Sprinkle the rest of the parsley and chopped green onions all over the top. Serve with lemon wedges.

* Original Cig Kofte (cig means raw) traditionally contains raw meat. After madcow disease, as a family we stopped eating raw meat. So now I make Cig Kofte without it :)


At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

merhaba ben bu tarifi 1 cup ceviz ekleyerek yapiyorum,sogan ve sarmisakla iyice eziyorum, tavsiye ederim. onun da hos bir tadi oluyor. sitenizdeki guzel tariflerin devami dilegi ile hoscakalin

At 4:03 AM, Blogger kattebelletje said...

That is a long time kneading! Is it to make the bulghur soft? How much raw meat did you use to add, and did you knead it along with the other ingredients?

At 4:38 AM, Anonymous Maninas: Food Mattes said...

looks great!

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Ilk firsatta ceviz ekleyerek deneyecegim, cok lezzetli olacagina eminim, tarif icin tesekkur ederim:)

At 11:48 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi kattebelletje,
Raw meat and bulgur get softened and mix well through kneading which takes some time. It is the most important part of the dish and shouldn't be skiped:) You can replace the potato with the raw ground beef (two times ground) and the rest is the same.

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Sonya said...

Oh, I have not forgotten the delicious raw meat Kufte's!

I remember seeing the raw 100% no-fat red meat ready for the grinding machine. The elbow grease that went into melding the meat with the fine wet bulgur. The end result with mint and salt. Yummmm. I used to gobble it up. Sigh.

I will have to try this recipe. I trust it will be almost just as good as the one with meat.

Thank you.

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

merhaba binur;
300 gr patates yaklasik kac tane paates ediyor?

At 4:45 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

2 adet orta boy patates asagi yukari 300 gr. kadar ediyor. Veya 3 kucuk patates de olabilir:)

At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your site and have made some of your delicious recipes. I am just wondering, I used to eat a dish which looked like this one but it was made with lentils, tomato and I think bulghur. It was served with this very delicious dip which was as good or better than the lentil balls. The dip was probably tomato based, and it was cooked and served hot. I have tried to duplicate it (by cooking up onion, pepper, and tomatoes with spices and grinding it up) but can't seem to replicate it (and the restaurant is now closed). I'd love to see a similar recipe from you. Thanks so much and I appreciate how available you have made Turkish cooking.

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MMM! Thanks - I have been looking around for good recipes for this!

BTW - cooking does NOT kill the prions that cause BSE or its human variant. So knock yourself out with the rawmeat!

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Jenny A said...

Hi Binnur! I absolutely LOVE your website and cook recipes from it for my Turkish husband regularly. I lived with him in Turkey for 8 months and we now live in Australia where I am from. Cig Kofte was one of my favourite things to eat there!! My husband always said how difficult it was to make but i'm going to give this a go tomorrow! Thanks again for a wonderful resource! XXX Jenny


Post a Comment

<< Home