Tekirdag köftesi - my favorite köfte
Forb. tid
20 min
Tilb. tid
15 min
Samlet tid
35 min
Ret: Side-dish, main course
Køkken: Tyrkisk
Antal: 4 personer
  • 500 grams minced veal/lamb meat, but there must be lamb in order to get the right taste.
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder/ Pul Biber
  • ½ tsp semolina flour, it must be fine and grainy. Normal wheat flour is too heavy
  • 2 tbsp Baking soda
  • 2 tsp turkish youghurt without taste
  • 2 tsp salt
  • pepper
Sådan gør du
  1. 1: Blend parsley, onions and garlic until it is completely finely ground

    2: Mix the meat with the spices. Stir

    3: Finally add baking soda and stir well together so that the stuffing turns into a paste

    4: Molded for elongated meatballs - like approx a finger. There must be 12-15 pieces. If possible your wet your hands sligthly, so they meatballs are easier to shape.

    5: Put in the fridge and let them pull for a couple of hours - it helps to develop the taste, so prioritizes this part.

    6: Take the dishes  out about 30 minutes before you need them

    7: Grill or fry them with good heat until they are cooked without getting dry

    8: Serve with bulgur salad, bean salad (Piyaz) or similar. We got them in flat bread with salad and dressing and a little chickpeas salad as a side-dish


If you only serve meatballs with rice, bulgur or the like and without any other accessories, I would like to double the recipe. Just enough for 4 people.
It's very important that you prioritize letting your filling rest for a couple of hours before you need it. This helps to develop the taste and make the filling more solid. Of course you can also do them right away, but it will not be as good as if it rests.
Blend parsley. Onions and garlic just fine, so you get a uniform amount. It just happens that these meatballs should not have as much different structure as other köfte may have
Use Semolina flour or eg corn flour / grit in the farmer. If you use regular wheat flour  it gives the meatballs a heavier consistency and that's not what you want in these free dishes. They must be light with a little cool crust.