Meatballs Stew With Vegetables

Meatballs Stew With Vegetables |

I’m not sure if this dish already exists in Turkish cuisine, it just came out when I wanted to use some leftovers. I made stuffed zucchinis the other day (with less bulgur, more ground beef this time), and I still had a lot of filling at the end. I put it in the refrigerator to use it later in a dish although I didn’t have any idea what kind. I took it out yesterday and thought what I could make with these. I wanted it to be a filling dish, not like our regular grilled meatballs. I thought it could be tasty when combined with vegetables, and the idea of meatballs stew with vegetables came out! I saw that we had only a few potatoes, carrots and green pepper left, no other vegetables. So I guess you got the idea: Combine them all to make a meatballs stew!

Although it was the first time I made this meatballs stew, it was so tasty and filling. Bulgur in meatballs give a very nice flavor and a little thickness to the stew. You can change the vegetables if you like, but we love this combination.

Meatballs Stew With Vegetables |
Serve warm with pilaf and yogurt.

Here is the recipe for Sebzeli Sulu Kofte as it is called in Turkish.

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Meatballs Stew With Vegetables
A comforting dish with meatballs and veggies!
Serves: 4
  • For meatballs:
  • 250g ground beef
  • ¼ cup bulgur
  • ½ bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp pepper paste
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • For the stew:
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • ½ pepper paste (or tomato paste)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 2 cups hot water
  1. Start with making meatballs.
  2. Combine all ingredients for meatballs very well and make small balls. Put them aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pot. Add pepper paste and chili powder. Stir.
  4. Toss in potatoes, carrots and green pepper.
  5. Pour ½ cup hot water and cover.
  6. After 5 minutes, add meatballs and stir.
  7. Pour the rest of the hot water (1 ½ cup) and cover.
  8. Cook it for about 30 minutes over medium heat until vegetables get tender.


  1. says

    What a great idea to add bulgher to your meatballs. They look and sound so good. I’m sure they are especially hearty and flavorful. Thank you for sharing this delicious meal. I hope you have a beautiful Friday. The weekend is nearly here!

  2. says

    You know what? We have a very similar dish but instead of Bulgur we use rice to make the meatballs and also add mint. And as you mention is a very complete meal.

    Have a great weekend.


    PS. I already emailed a copy of your recipe for flour cookies to my friends. Those cookies are so good!

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