Sour Bulgur Meatballs - Eksili Kofte
Sour Bulgur Meatballs - Eksili Kofte



Hello Everyone!

I’ve got to admit I have a deep emotional connection with Sour Bulgur Meatballs. I can say that I grew with this dish. My grandmother cooks it all the time and all family love it. Sour Bulgur Meatballs is a very fulfilling dish in every way. It’s soup, it’s lot of meat, it’s deliciously sour and even more. You can make the meatballs, keep them in freezer and that way you can cook your Sour Bulgur Meatballs whenever you want. Just try it, and you will love love love!

Sour Bulgur Meatballs - Eksili Kofte Recipe
Sour Bulgur Meatballs – Eksili Kofte Recipe

Sour Bulgur Meatballs

Try this delicious traditional turkish food recipe Sour Bulgur Meatballs

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mediterranean, Turkish
Keyword Sour Bulgur Meatballs
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Calories 161 kcal


For the bulgur meatball:

  • 2 cup fine bulgur
  • 3 tbsp. Semolina
  • 300 gr. (0,67 lb.) ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 full tsp. Tomato paste
  • 2 full tbsp. All purpose flour
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • 1 cup hot water

For the soup:

  • 200 gr. (0,45 lb.) veal meat, sliced in cubes
  • 1 cup boiled chickpeas
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Tomato paste
  • Hot water
  • 1 fresh lemon juice


  1. Add your 200 gr. (0,45 lb.) sliced in cubes veal meat, 1 cup boiled chickpeas in a medium pan, top it with water and boil until your meat cooks.
  2. Start making your bulgur meatballs while your meat is cooking.
  3. Add your 2 cup fine bulgur, 3 tbsp. Semolina in a large container, pour 1 cup hot water on it, stir until combines, cover your container and rest it for about 10 minutes so your bulgur will expand.
  4. After 10 minutes, add your 300 gr. (0,67 lb.) ground beef, 1 egg, 1 full tsp. Tomato paste, 2 full tbsp. All purpose flour, Red pepper flakes, Black Pepper, Salt and start kneading.
  5. Knead your meatball until it gets consistent.
  6. Take nut size of pieces from your meatball and roll little balls.
  7. Spread some all purpose flour in a large tray. Align your meatballs on the tray but don’t put them on top of each other otherwise they will stick.
  8. Heat your 1 tbsp. Butter in a medium pan. Add your 1 tbsp. Tomato paste and sauté a little and then add your 1 finely chopped onion and sauté a little more until your onion gets soft and change its colour.
  9. Add hot water to your soup. Start with about 1 lt. (5 cup) water and add more lately if you want a lighter consistency.
  10. Add your boiled meat and chickpeas to your soup and stir a little.
  11. Finally add your meatballs, pour 1 fresh lemon juice, season it with salt, stir a little and boil your Sour Bulgur Meatballs for about 10 minutes.
  12. You can also add a little pomegranate sour sauce to your Sour Bulgur Meatballs if you like it sourer.

What do you think about that? Have you tried Sour Bulgur Meatballs recipe yet? Please comment and share your experience. Or are you craving for another Turkish food that you want its recipe from me? You can always contact me from here.



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