Mother-in-Law’s Köftes

Içli Köfte

Preparation info

  • To Serve

    6

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

Nevin Halici's Turkish Cookbook

By Nevin Halici

Published 1989

  • About

Içli köfte is a common dish throughout southeastern Anatolia. In Adıyaman, when a bride comes to her new home, her mother-in-law leaves whatever she intended doing after the noon prayers to prepare içli köfte. She hollows out the köfte, stuffs in a filling and seals up the hole, thinking to herself: “may the bride’s mouth be sealed likewise”! She cooks them hoping that her daughter-in-law will not be too talkative and will prove an obedient wife. The bride and her husband eat mother-in-law’