Turkish Cig Kofte

Turkish Cig Kofte
02 May 2024

A specialty of the Southeast, particularly Urfa, cig kofte is a dish made primarily with bulgur. There are two varieties: meatless and meat-based. To make things simpler and cheaper, we are now preparing raw meatballs without meat at home.

How Many Calories in 1 Serving of Cigkofte?

One serving of meatless cigkofte is 225 calories, and one is approximately 55 calories.

Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook time : 20 mins
Servings : 6 People
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Turkish Cig Kofte


  • Hot sauce ingredients:
  • 55 gr chili pepper
  • 50 gr of isot
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. pomegranate syrup
  • Meatball ingredients
  • Half a bunch of parsley
  • 5–6 sprigs of green onion
  • 4 tbsp. tomato paste (200 gr)
  • 2 tbsp. pepper paste (100 gr)
  • 1 big-size onion
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of seasoning for raw meatballs
  • 4 teaspoons of dried mint
  • Cumin on the tip of a teaspoon
  • Half a teaspoon of black pepper
  • 510 gr of thin bulgur for meatballs
  • Salt
Turkish Cig Kofte


  1. Put the isot, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and pomegranate molasses in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup of cold water and mix.
  2. Prepare the green parts of the green onion and parsley by chopping them very finely.
  3. Chop the onion and garlic very thinly. Put the chopped onion and garlic, tomato paste, and spices into the kneading bowl. Put the bulgur on one side.
  4. First, knead all ingredients except bulgur and prepare a smooth mixture. Then add the bulgur little by little and start kneading. Add ice water in between and knead until the bulgur is soft. By the way, you can also add tomato sauce instead of water; it will add flavor to the meatballs. Add the hot sauce to the meatballs and knead for a few more minutes.
  5. Finally, add the greens and mix to get them all evenly mixed with the meatballs.
Serving Suggestions

You can serve the cıgköfte and ayran with mints together. Enjoy your meal.

Expert Tips
  • Seasoning for raw meatballs is a very tasty mixture of freshly ground spices ranging from chili pepper to ginger, cloves to cumin. If you add the spices one by one, it is a bit difficult to get the same flavor. The spice is used not only in meatballs but also in dolma varieties and Adıyaman Buhara Pilaf...
  • If you are not used to spicy food, the amounts may be too much. You can adjust the amount of tomato paste, red pepper flakes, and isot according to your taste.
  • The reason why raw meatballs are not kneaded too much is that the food processor serves this function.
  • You can decrease or increase the amount of garlic and tomato paste according to your taste.
  • If you don't have a food processor, blend the ingredients except bulgur. Then add the bulgur and knead.
  • You can serve the raw meatballs with lettuce, lemon slices and pomegranate syrup.
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