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Domates Fesleğen Soslu İçli Köfte / Turkish stuffed meatballs in tomato basil sauce

Domates Fesleğen Soslu İçli Köfte which means Meatball (cooked) in tomato sauce and basil ... Yes .. This is another variation of köfte or Meatball from Turkey. İçli Köfte usually fried in oil or boiled in water ... but this time I try to cook in tomato sauce and basil instead of regular fried or boiling water ... inspired by İçli Köfte in a Restaurant at Kayseri, Turkey.

Domates Fesleğen Soslu İçli Köfte / Turkish stuffed meatballs in tomato basil sauce

Ingredients I:
- 1 cup fine wheat (fine bulgur)
 - 2 tablespoons semolina
- 150 gr ground beef
- 1 egg
- ½ tbsp sweet chilly paste
- 1 tablespoon flour
- Salt, pepper powder, cumin powder to taste to taste
mix and knead ingredients until well blended. Cover and set aside.

Stuffing Ingredients:
- 200 gr ground beef
- 1 large onion. finely chopped.
- 1 clove garlic (optional). Bruised and finely chopped.
½ cup of Walnuts finely chopped.
- Salt, pepper powder, cumin powder to taste
- 1 tablespoon margarine for sauteing.

How to make stuffing:
1) Heat the butter and saute onion and garlic until fragrant. Put ground beef. Cook until meat changes color.
2) Add chopped walnuts and all the spices. Taste the flavor.
Making içli köfte:
Make a ball shape as big as a golf ball from the dough I, make it firm enough to be able to be formed easily. Use your finger and thumb to make a hole in the middle of the ball, sphere while continuing to form and make 'well'. Fill with stuffing mixture and round it off again. It could also be formed around oval like illustrations. Do it until the dough runs out. Set aside

For Sauce ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- ½ tbsp chili paste
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
Mix the tomato paste and chili paste, dissolve it with 1 cup warm water.
- Pinch of salt
- pinch of sugar

To make the sauce:
Heat the olive oil and dried basil. Add sauce mixture and salt. Give 1 cup of warm water and cook until boiling over medium heat.
Mix in all meatballs and cook for about 15 minutes.

Serve warm with bread or fried potato or Turkish pilaf.



  1. I think I get hungry with your meatballs!!!! they look so delicious!!! :-)

  2. i love içli köfte , never tried with basil sauce, but i m sure it will be soooooooo delicious..

  3. You did an outstanding job with these. They're not at all easy to make, especially to make as perfectly as you did. Thanks for sharing your recipe (I've never had it with a basil sauce either).


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