Tiny Bulgur Balls with Garlicky Tomato Sauce recipe from Middle Eastern cuisine is worth all the time and effort. It’s hard to stop eating these spicy bulgur balls once you start.
There was a feast in our kitchen today. Mom is here! She came from Tarsus/Mersin this morning. And of course I was retired from cooking for this first day. I must admit that most of the things I know about cooking are from mom. She loves cooking and she loves teaching what she knows. Tiny Bulgur Balls with garlicky tomato sauce (Sarmsaklı köfte) is another dish from my childhood. As mom knows how to make me happy, she makes it whenever she visits us. So today she made it and I took the photos. Here is mom’s recipe and I’d like to thank her again for this festive meal.
Soak pounded wheat and semolina with warm water and wait 10 minutes. They should absorb all the water. Add the spices and the egg into it. Then knead it well. You can sprinkle little water while kneading. Now add flour and continue kneading. When the flour disappears in the dough, it’s finished.
Take a piece from the dough as big as an egg and shape it like a thick stick in your hands. You can see it in the picture.
Then take pieces from this thick stick as big as a hazelnut and roll it in your hands. Then gently press on this small ball with your finger. Wet your hands occasionally, or you can’t shape the dough. Do the same until all the dough finishes.
Put one liter water in a large pot. Add salt and juice of half lemon. When it boils, put the balls into it. Cook them without stirring (maximum 15 minutes). Do not overcook them. When the balls get as soft as pasta, it’s cooked.
Take the pot from fire and drain. Put the balls on a service plate.
To prepare its sauce, put grated tomatoes in a large skillet. Cook it until it becomes thick enough. Add olive oil, pepper paste, salt and other spices in it. Finally add mashed garlic, stir it a few minutes and take it from fire. Put the minced parsley in this sauce and mix it (if you like, you may not combine the parsley with the sauce but sprinkle on the balls after the sauce).
Now drop some sauce on the balls with a spoon. And serve it with lemon slices, pickles and garden cress.
A unique bulgur recipe that will become a hit at your parties. 1 hrPrep Time 20 minCook Time 1 hr, 20 Total Time Ingredients Instructions
A unique bulgur recipe that will become a hit at your parties.
1 hrPrep Time
20 minCook Time
1 hr, 20 Total Time