Köfte (Turkish Meatballs)


  • 1 pound minced lamb (or beef)
  • 2 slices stale bread, crusts removed, briefly soaked in water
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon dried mint
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Squeeze out the excess water from the soaked bread.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Make walnut-shaped balls and keep them covered until they are to be eaten.
  4. Place flour in a shallow dish, and roll the meatballs lightly in flour to coat.
  5. Heat oil in a shallow frying pan. Carefully add meatballs and fry in hot oil for 6 to 8 minutes, turning frequently, until browned and cooked through.
  6. They may be shallow- or deep-fried.
Serves 4 to 6.


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