>Tiny bulgur balls with tomato & garlic sauce (sarımsaklı köfte)


This local recipe is a very delicious one that belongs to City of Adana at South part of Turkey. Especially, Women adore this dish which is served in afternoon tea gatherings. It is one of the favorite dishes for tea parties.


2 cups fine smallest bulgur
1 cup flour
1 tbsp pepper paste

Tomato sauce:

5 big tomatoes petite diced
1 big onion finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic minced
4-5 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp pepper or 2 tbsp tomato paste
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon juice


We will start with the tomato sauce. Put oil in a medium sauce pan, add chopped onions and sauté for 5-10 minutes or until lightly brown. Add chopped garlic and sauté for a few minutes then add pepper or tomato paste, stir to combine.

Add diced tomatoes, stir to combine and let it simmer until you get a smooth tomato sauce just like marinara sauce.Turn the heat off, sprinkle chopped parsley and lemon juice. Remove the pan from heat and set aside.

To make the tiny bulgur balls, put all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and gradually add water while kneading dough. It should be elastic, smooth dough. When you grab some piece and give it a shape, it must have a consistency to be able to get in shape easily.

Get some dough as big as a single grape, give it a ball shape and press and make a pit in the center of tiny ball just like dimple.

When you finish all tiny balls, pour 3-4 quart water, add some salt and 1 lemon juice in it. When it comes to boil, put tiny Bulgur balls in it and boil until tender for about 20-25 minutes like any kind of pasta.

But to cook those tiny balls a little bit harder to cook than pasta or macaroni. It takes much more time to cook bulgur balls than pasta.

Drain and put a big platter bulgur balls, pour tomato sauce over bulgur balls and toss them to combine evenly. Serve warm with some green veggies like lettuce leaves, parsley, green onions, some pickles and lemon slices.


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  1. Anonymous says:

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