Bulgur patties


Today we have something different for those who fast or want a meatless dish. "Yalanci Cig Kofte" (fake bulgur patties) ... Cig Kofte is a Turkish meatball recipe consisting of bulgur and raw meat. The ingredients are "cooked" with the spices that are in the mix. If you like raw meat, you'll love cig kofte. Recipe for cig kofte will be shared after the fasting period.

In these fake meatballs the minced meat is omitted and that makes a dish that we can eat the fasting period. It's a perfect appetizer, fresh and a bit spicy. The recipe it's given to me by my friend Elena, who has it from her mother-in-law who still lives in Istanbul. We've tasted this appetizer several times at Elena's house and it is now the time for me to re-create it. It is easy to make, the only thing that needs is good kneading for the materials to combine. You can make it during fasting period but it's a perfect side dish for any kind of meat. So, have it in mind for later when fasting is over.




Ingredients : 

  • 1 cup finely cracked wheat/bulgur
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp green pepper horn (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp crashed chilli peppers
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and, ground black pepper
  • lettuce and lemon for serving

Preparation :

  1. Rinse bulgur under running water.
  2. Drain and place in a bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir.
  4. Start kneading. Each time the mixture dries out, wet your hands and continue kneading.
  5. Repeat the kneading/wetting as long as needed so that you get a tight mixture that does not become crumbled.
  6. Let mixture aside for half an hour in order flavors and aromas to combine.
  7. Knead the mixture with wet hands once more.
  8. Get spoonful from the mixture and form long shaped balls.
  9. Drizzle with few lemon drops and serve wrapped in lettuce.