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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

(Sulu Kofte)

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Kofte ingredients:
400 g regular ground beef
1/4 cup short grain rice, washed, drained
1 egg

1/2 cup flour

1 onion, grated
4-5 tbsp crushed tomatoes, canned
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 cups water

Place flour on a large plate. Knead all the kofte ingredients in a bowl. Break off small pieces and give a small ball shape with your palms. Place them in the flour.

Meanwhile, saute the onion with olive oil and butter for a couple minutes in a medium sized pot. Add crushed tomatoes, water, salt and pepper, then bring to boil over medium heat. Flour all the little Kofte, gently drop into the pot and stir slowly. Cook for about 20 minutes over a little bit under medium heat. Sprinkle some chopped parsley on top. Serve this dish with a spoon and Turkish Bread on the side.

3-4 servings.

Meal Ideas:
- Carrot Salad, Eggplant with Veggie Filling and Creamy Pudding.



At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Boinnur,

I've just come back from a trip to Turkey in love with Turkish cuisine. And I couldn't find any turkish cookbooks!
You blog helps me so much!Thank you for the wonderful recipes.
I'm going to try Sulu Kofte and Imam Bayildi this weekend.

Vera from St.-Petersburg, Russia

At 3:12 PM, Blogger Rebecca Soble said...

Çoooook teşekkür ederim! I am a yabancı with a Turkish boyfriend who will be much happier with my cooking now that I've found your website. :-) Thank you so much for all the time you obviously put into it.

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks good. However, i have a question for you Binnur. Which one of your meatball recipes works with pasta? I usually like basil chease, mushrooms or anyother vegetables(not cooked with the meatballs but rather cooked separately)with my pasta. so, i hope whatever meatball recipe you gonna recommend works well with these the above ingredients :)

thank you in advance.

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

You can use the recipe of Turkish Hamburger to make meatballs. You may add oregano in Kofte ingredients also.
Take care,

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for your above reply Binnur ( about the meatballs) :)

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds wonderful! May I request a recipe for potato köfte. I remember it fondly, but have never been able to find it. Possibly you have already published it? Thank you for bringing these recipes to us. Mary

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Mary,
Yes, I've already post it:) here is the address;

On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box.
So you can search on my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to
find any recipe that I post.
Take care,

At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks great. It's interesting how you've used rice here - I've always used breadcrumbs for meatballs. I'd bet it tastes great, though.

At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

It has been a while since I have visited, this looks fantastic and is a favourite in our family. I sometimes like to add vegetables to this.. like carrots and celery or cauliflower.. always tastes great!! I

It's pleasing to see that you are still doing great work!!

ellerine saglik.


At 9:11 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Tesekkur ederim sevgili Sidika,
It is nice to hear from you again:) My children love this dish, too! I am also going to post this with the vegetables version in the future:)
Kendine iyi bak,

At 5:17 PM, Blogger KT said...

eline saglik binnur. tarife icin tesekkurler. what do you think of using "kofte-size" bulgur instead of rice in the meatballs? i think my mother-in-law uses it.

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Katie,
Tesekkur ederim:) Sure, you can always replace rice with bulgur.

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We, also, just got back from Turkey and had the best meatballs I've ever had. They were served in a tomato base sauce with carrots & okra. They restaurant also had a similar dish with chunks of meat. do you have a recipe for this dish?

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds great - I haven't made this for many years. We used to call these meatballs made with rice ''porcupine meatballs'' because the way the rice ends would stick out of the meatballs ;)) We also added minced garlic, onion, green pepper and oregano to the meat for seasoning. Mmmm thanks for the wonderful recipes!

At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

Thanks for the wonderful site - my husband and I spent a week in Istanbul in December and had the most amazing food, including lamb kebabs with pistachio and delicious manti and gozleme. I was wondering if "short-grain rice" means Japanese-style, or risotto rice, or another kind? My mother used to make porcupine meatballs and I loved them when I was small, but one day she undercooked the rice and then never made them again!

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) You can use Japanese-style or risotto rice. Both are almost round, have moist grains that stick together when they are cooked.
I hope you will like as much as you liked your mums porcupine meatballs:)

At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't find a recipe for a meal I had when in Turkey, it was chicken with tomatoe covered in cheese served in a tile, I am not sure of the other ingredients, it was on the menu as chicken guvec, but I cannot find any information,

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

The recipe that you are asking for is probably Chicken Saute with Mozzarella Cheese but I am
not sure. There is a "Chicken" section on the right side of the website, you should check it there:)

At 7:50 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I've made this several times and each time, i get asked for the recipe. teserkkerlur!

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found your site! I grew up in Turkey and my büyükanne has made this dish for me several times, I just never had the recipe like hers! Çok teşekkür ederim

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Tesekkur ederim:) Gerecekten cok mutlu oldum!


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