Wheat Balls with Vegetables

Sample Dishes from Turkish Cuisine

Wheat Balls with Vegetables (Sıkma Köfte)

Bulgur (fine)2 cup300 gr
Salt4 teaspoon24 gr
Water5 cup1 kg
Flour5 tablespoon30 gr
Green Pepper10 medium size150 gr
Tomato3 large size750 gr
Onion4 large size400 gr
Margarine1/2 cup100 gr


Place bulgur in a large bowl. Add salt. Sprinkle with water. Knead for 10 minutes. Add flour and 1/2 cup of water; stir. Knead for 10 minutes. Roll into balls 1 1/2 cm (3/4 inch) in diameter. Arrange in a colander (or in a steamer). Place 2 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan. Add salt. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Arrange colander (or steamer) over gently boiling water. Cover and steam for 20-25 minutes. Set aside. Reserve liquid. Saute finely chopped onions in margarine for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt. Remove stems and seeds of peppers. Cut into rings in 0.5 cm (1/4 inch) thick. Stir in onions. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add cubed tomatoes and hot liquid used for steaming; stir. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in steamed bulgur balls. Simmer for 10 minutes more. Serve hot.

Servings: 6

Nutritional Value
(in approximately one serving)

Energy371 cal
Protein8,3 g
Fat14,7 g
Carbohydrates54,8 g
Calcium53 mg
Iron3,47 mg
Phosphorus218 mg
Zinc2 mg
Sodium1578 mg
Vitamin A1576 iu
Thiamine0,24 mg
Riboflavin0,12 mg
Niacin3,25 mg
Vitamin C32 mg
Cholesterol1 mg

Regional Characteristics:

It is a very popular Malatya dish prepared all year around. Instead of bulgur, cracked dövme or a mixture of bulgur and cracked dövme can be used (half and half). Tomato paste is substituted for tomatoes during winter months. lt is served with yogurt or ayran. Kneading is very important in preparing these kind of dishes. Otherwise bulgur balls are dispersed in liquid. In order to simplify the kneading process use a belender or a food processor container. Process until well blended.