Red Lentil Meatballs

Mercımek Köftesı

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Anatolia

By David Dale and Somer Sivrioglu

Published 2015

  • About

Here’s another dish with history. The Bible tells how Esau, a hunter who normally ate venison, saw his brother Jacob eating a bowl of red lentils and was so hungry he offered to give up his inheritance for it.

This is a rare vegetarian version of köfte, which is normally associated with raw veal or lamb, and is a staple winter dish in the eastern half of Turkey. Even if you love it as much as Esau, be careful not to overload, as bulgur will c