Tuesday, 3 March 2009

EASY POTATO KOFTES ( Kolay patates koftesi )

These vegetarian  koftes are ideal for entertaining or for a quick snack when hungry. It takes 10- 15 minutes to prepare in total. Serves 2.

  • 4 medium potatoes, about 300 g peeled and diced 
  • 1/2 a cup fine bulgur ( fine cracked wheat ), about 50 g
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or little less if you are cutting down on fats
  • 3 spring onions, chopped finely
  • 2 level tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 tsp dried herbs
  • salt and black pepper
1) Boil the diced potatoes in salted water until cooked. Drain and set aside.
2) In a separate bowl pour boiling water over the bulgur, cover and let it rest for 5 minutes until all the water absorbed.
3) Mash the potatoes, add soaked bulgur, tomato paste, spring onions, olive oil, parsley, spices, salt and pepper. Mix well together to bind.
4) Take a walnut size of the mixture and shape it like little sausages. 
5) Transfer the koftes on a serving plate and sprinkle with chopped spring onions. Serve them  with salad of your chose. I served mine with : red cabbage, celery and parsley salad.

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