Something light and something fresh is always good to have during summer, init? If it’s healthy, easy to prepare and filling on top of that, it’s definitely my kinda warm weather food. Presenting to you this time: Cig Köfte
Ever since a friend of mine introduced me to this Turkish delicacy a few weeks ago, I have been droooling over them!
If you’re not familiar with them, “Cig Köfte” means “Raw Meatballs” in Turkish and they are these long fusiform meat”balls” that are shaped by pressing them in the hand, which is why they have characteristic finger indentations. I prefer making them spherical though, because it’s visually more appealing to me.
Cig Köfte are mostly made with bulgur wheat mixed together with lamb or ground beef. I am, however, not too much of a raw meat-eater (or at all), which is why I have been making the vegan version with bulgur only. The great thing about these is that you don’t even have to cook the bulgur, simply mixing it together with some regular water will do the job. easy-peasy.
Now, as far as spices are concerned, I haven’t really been able to figure out what goes in and what goes out. Traditionally, that is. Plus, everyone does it more or less differently anyway. Therefore, I just went for Provencal herbs. I asked my domestic palate-jury for their opinion and they really liked the Köfte with that twist and they found that the herbs added even more freshness to them, than the traditional spices do.
On that note, hope you give these a go!
300 g fine bulgur
100 ml water
2 tomatoes, peeled and diced
1 red onion, diced
2 spring onions, sliced
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp herbes de provence
1 pinch of salt
juice of 1 lemon
Pour the water over the bulgur, cover it and set aside for 30 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients and knead the mixture for ~10 minutes, or until it holds its shape, when you squeeze it in your hand.
Have a taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. You can also add a little lemon juice or tomato paste, if you feel like the mixture is too dry to hold its shape.
When you’re happy with the flavour, take about 3 tbsp of the mixture and form it into a ball, or make them the size you prefer.