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Traditional Bulgur Köftesi Balls recipe

Traditional Bulgur Köftesi Balls Recipe

A delightful and nutritious recipe that transforms simple ingredients into mouth-watering bulgur köftesi balls, perfect for any meal.





  • Step 1.

    Begin by pouring 500ml of boiling water over the bulgur wheat in a bowl. Cover and let it sit for about 20 minutes or until the water is fully absorbed.
  • Step 2.

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the soaked bulgur, onions, garlic, parsley, tomato paste, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix until evenly combined.
  • Step 3.

    Carefully shape the mixture into small balls, approximately the size of a walnut.
  • Step 4.

    Heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Fry the köftesi balls in batches, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes per batch.
  • Step 5.

    Place the cooked köftesi balls on kitchen paper to drain any excess oil.
  • Step 6.

    Serve warm with a side of natural yogurt or your favourite dipping sauce.


  1. 200 gFine bulgur wheat

  2. 500 mlBoiling water

  3. 2 Onions, finely diced or grated

  4. 3 Garlic cloves, minced

  5. 0.5 cupFresh parsley, chopped

  6. 2 tbspTomato paste

  7. 1 tspGround cumin

  8. 2 tspPaprika

  9. 1 tspSalt

  10. 0.5 tspBlack pepper

  11. 3 tbspOlive oil for frying

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