Cig Kofte

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Cig kofte is actually made of raw meat and also known as tartare. But nowadays people tend to make it without meat probably because of vegetarian trend. In this recipe, none of the ingredients are cooked including bulgur but that doesn’t mean it will taste bad. All the spices will kind of cook our ingredients.


  • 2 onions
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cups fine bulgur
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • A sprinkle of parsley
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 4 scallions
  • 3 tablespoons paprika paste
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper
  • 2 tablespoons isot pepper (also known as Urfa pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper


First, blend up garlic and onion using a high-powered blender. Then chop up the scallions and parsley into small pieces.

Put the fine bulgur into a large pot, using a large pot will make things easier while kneading the mixture. Add tomato paste and paprika paste into bulgur. Knead the mixture again for a while and add onion and garlic mixture. After that, add the oil all over the surface of the mixture and continue kneading. Important part of this recipe is kneading because more you knead, the tastier it gets. While kneading, whenever you feel dryness, wet your hands and continue kneading. If you wish, you may add a small amount of water into the mixture.

In order to understand if Cig kofte is ready, you must feel the softening of all the ingredients with fine bulgur, you may increase the amount of spices if you want.

When kneading is complete, add scallions and parsley we chopped and knead it just a little more.

Lastly, take a handful of Cig kofte and mold it with your hands. You may serve it with lemon and lettuce.

Bonus Tip

Cig kofte contains many spices so I do not recommend drinking coke while eating it because coke enhances the effect of spices. Best beverage for Cig kofte is ayran, it also softens the hotness of peppers.

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