How to make cig kofte (raw meatballs).
Cig Kofte, raw meatballs is a kind of Turkish dish made of raw ground meat, pounded wheat, and red pepper. There is also cih kofte for vegetarians.
Cig Kofte is a favourite snack of South Eastern region, especially Şanlı Urfa, but it is also a very popular food for Istanbulians. It is made of raw meat but it is believed that the meat is “cooked” as the chef kneads the meat with wheat and spices for a long time.
Çiğköfte is usually served within a lettuce leaf or a lavaş (a kind of thin bread) like a sandwich as well as it is served as an appetizer.
Wheat, minced meat, tomato paste and pepper paste, onion, isot (a kind of paprika) tomatos, lemon juice, cumin, blackpepper, parsley, spring onions, garlic
How to make cig kofte?
Wheat is kneaded with chopped onions and water until it gets soft. Then tomato and pepper paste, spices and very finely ground beef are added. Lastly green onions, fresh mint and parsley are mixed in.