How to make Çiğ Köfte: Spicy Balls

How to make Çiğ Köfte: Spicy Balls

Turkish spicy balls contain fat-free beef minced and kneaded with garlic, onion, tomato paste, pepper, and fine bulgur. It also includes a mixture of Turkish spices. Here is the list of ingredients and instructions to make spicy balls in your kitchen. Read on!


  • 200 grams of meat – minced
  • Two to three cups of fine brown bulgur
  • One cup of boiled water
  • One bunch of parsley leaves – finely chopped
  • One medium onion – finely chopped
  • Three sprigs of onions – finely chopped
  • Four tablespoons of red pepper flakes
  • Two tablespoons of tomato paste
  • Two teaspoons of salt
  • Two tablespoons of pepper paste
  • Two tablespoons of pomegranate molasses
  • A half-fresh lemon – juiced
  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil


  1. Place the fine bulgur in a cup and add boiling water
  2. Close the top with a kitchen towel and wait for five minutes
  3. Rinse the bulgur and add it to onions, and red pepper flakes, in a large baking tray
  4. Knead the mixture for 5-10 minutes using your palm
  5. Add the minced meat, tomato paste, molasses, pepper paste, lemon juice, and salt and mix for 20 minutes
  6. Add chopped onions, parsley leaves, and two tablespoons of vegetable oil and knead for 10-15 minutes
  7. Once the mixture is ready, grab a walnut size mixture to make a spicy ball
  8. Repeat step number seven until you are done with the rest of the mixture
  9. Line the balls on a serving plate
  10. Serve with lettuce leaves, and enjoy