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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Lady's Thighs Kofte

(Kadınbudu Köfte)

Lady's Thighs Kofte
500 g medium ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 large egg
1/4 cup boiled rice
1/3 cup parsley, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

For frying:
4 spoonfuls of flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup sunflower oil

First cook 2/3 of the ground beef with the onion. Place in a large bowl and add in the remaining (1/3) raw ground beef, egg, rice, parsley, salt and pepper. Knead with your hands. Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then give them the shape shown above with your hands. This makes approximately 12 kofte.

Pour the sunflower oil in a frying pan and heat it up. Place the flour on a plate and beat the eggs in a bowl. First dip each kofte in the flour, then dip in the egg mixture. Fry the kofte evenly. Serve with Egg Noodles with Tomato and Spinach Salad with Yogurt Sauce.



At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

first of all congratulations! this is a phenomenal site. i just moved in with my boyfriend who comes from Turkey and from time to time i like to surprise him by serving a Turkish cuisine. To be honest, this is the first comprehensive site with Turkish recipes and pictures I have encountered.

I have just tried the lady's thighs kofte. Unfortunately the whole mixture kept falling apart, i was struggling with forming the proper shape, not mentioning dipping the meat balls in the flour and egg. Can u tell me what did i possibly do wrong?


At 11:06 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Joanna,
Thank you for the nice comment:) If you use the same amount of beef in
the recipe, the single egg should cause them to stick together. Also
raw ground beef keeps them from falling apart. Last thing to come to
my mind is to make sure to leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes. I'm
sorry, I can't think of what else might have gone wrong :(

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

eline sağlik binnur,
cok iyi dusunmussun, sitenin ve cabalarinin devamini dilerim.

kadinbudu kofteye gelince:
once un sonra yumurta fakat TEKRAR UN'a bulanmalı.
Koftelerin kivamini tutturamiyan yabancilara gelince; senin de bahsettigin gibi ÇİĞ KIYMAYI eklememiş olabilir ?
Pişirilmiş pirinci köfte karışımına ÇOK FAZLA HAŞLANMIŞ ve ÇOK SULU olarak ilave etmiş olabilir ?
Kızartma yağının derecesini ayarlayamamış olabilir ?

Türkiye'den (İstanbul'dan) sevgiler. Esenlikler dilerim.

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Nazim Bey,
Yukarida da yazdiginizgibi, koftenin tutmamasi icin bir cok neden var. Verdiginiz tum yararli bilgiler icin tesekkur ederim:)
Ben de Toronto'dan sevgilerimi yolluyorum,

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur:

Like Joanna, I also have a Turkish boyfriend and have been looking for simple, easy-to-understand Turkish cuisine to make for him, and hopefully surprise him with (in a good way!).

I'm glad I stumbled across your website ... I will try out some of the recipes and let you know.



At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic site Binnur, made these last night and they were fantastic, my husband's cousin is staying with us and he was mightly impressed, well done!


At 7:06 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


you've done a great job! I've never seen a collection of such good and simple-to-make recipes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I want to cook Kadinbudu Kofte tonight, and just want o clarify one thing. "First cook 2/3 of the ground beef with the onion." That means that i fry the meat in the pan with oil and onion?

Again, thank you!!!

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Olga,
Thank you:)
First of all you need to prepare Kofte ingredients. You should cook (not fry) ground beef with onion until the colour is light brown. Ground beef contains fat, no need to add extra oil in it. The rest is the same.
Then use 3/4 cup sunflower oil, to fry the Koftes at the end:)
Take care,

At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur.
Thank you so much for this website.
I love it and visit at least once a week.
I make this dish yesteday for my husband who is turkish and he said it tasted just like in Turkey. It have been like that with all the food i have tried. So thank you for making my life a little bit easy in the kitchen.
Huge hug to you

At 2:31 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Binnur,

thank you for the directions. I cooked the Kadinbudu Kofte and they had a great success thanks to your beautiful site and help!


At 2:59 PM, Blogger Moosie said...

Hi all!
I've been cooking Turkish food since I married my Turkish husband back in 1988. I love the food! The only thing I do different with this recipe is I don't pre-cook 2/3 of the beef. I mix it all together, form the Kofte and dip in egg, flour and fry. They are a major hit every time I make them.
I'm enjoying looking at recipes I've not heard of and will be trying them out next week.

At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,
I am SO glad that I came across your website while looking for Turkish recipe for my husband. I want to try this one but I am still not clear about pre-cooking 2/3 of the beef. What method should I use to pre-cook the beef? Should I saute the meat and onion?

Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful recipes.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Dian,
Yes, saute 2/3 of the ground beef with onion:)

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

another trick to keep the meat together whether the meat is raw or already fried is to add some soaked and very finely shredded bread IN the meat mix... it also increases the volume and at times it can make it very very crunchy!!!

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sure, you can some bread crumbs but the classic Kadinbudu Kofte is not crunchy:)

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Hi Binnur,
I am English but have a Turkish colleague who recommended your site. I tried the "Aegean Style Vegetable Pilaf" yesterday, fantastic, wife and kids loved it! I am going to try the Cantik at the weekend and these kofta too...thanks for a great site..


At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I DID IT !!! Great recepe , next I am going to try it with red lentils next, see what happens.
Thankyou Binnur Hanim
Regards' Ahmet

At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello what is the point of pre-cooking the 2/3 meat? Natalie

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hello Natalie,
to give it texture and further taste...

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are these kofteler also made without rice:)? or I didnt make a Turkish meal at all...?I forgot to add rice!

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

No:( without rice, they are not Kadinbudu Kofte:)

At 12:05 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Binnur,

Your website rocks! Thank you so much taking the time to assemble all of these recipes to share with the world! Your pictures are wonderful and your recipes are easy to follow. I am American, my boyfriend is new to the States from Ankara, Turkey. I visited Turkey a few times and am crazy about the food. The dishes I have made with the help of your website kind of take him "back home" and make him very happy! I have made Kadinbudu Kofte a couple of times now. I love these kofte! The first time, I used lamb instead of beef and did not pre-cook the lamb, just used all raw. Last night, I used beef, pre-cooking 2/3 of the meat -just browned a little - but they weren't as flavorful as my first go-round with the lamb. Still good though. I don't have a deep-fryer like I saw used in Turkey but next time, I might try baking these to avoid so much oil saturation.

Anyway, thanks again for all your work!



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