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Lauwarmer Linsensalat mit Köfte | Bake to the roots

Warm Lentil Salad with Köfte/Kofta (Turkish Meatballs)

  • Author: Bake to the roots
  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 40m
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Turkish


Delicious lunch or dinner recipe – warm lentil salad with Turkish meatballs aka. Köfte. Great flavor combination!


For the lentil salad:
1 large carrot
2 garlic cloves
1-2 tbsp. olive oil
5.3 oz. (150g) red lentils
1 1/2 tsp. vegetable broth powder
1 1/2 cups (360ml) water
2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
salt, pepper
1 red pepper
1 spring onion
For the Köfte (meat balls):
1 garlic clove
14 oz. (400g) ground beef
1 tsp. cumin powder
1/4 tsp. paprika powder
some tabasco
salt, pepper
wooden skewers
1-2 tbsp. oli for frying
For the yogurt sauce:
5.3 oz. (150g) plain yogurt
1 organic lemon
salt, pepper


1. Start with the lentil salad by peeling the carrot and cut it into small dices. Peel the garlic and cut into thin slices. Heat up a large pan with some olive oil, add the diced carrot and garlic slices and fry until slightly soft. Add the lentils and cook for 1-2 minutes, add the veggie broth powder, mix and then add the water and stir. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes. While the veggies are cooking wash, half and core the pepper – cut into small dices. Cut the spring onion into rings and set both to the side. As soon as the lentils are soft (but not mushy) take off the heat, add the sweet chili sauce and season with salt and pepper. Add the diced pepper and set aside.
2. While the lentils are cooking you can prepare the meatballs. Peel the garlic and dice finely. Add the ground beef, diced garlic, cumin powder, and paprika powder to a bowl and mix well. Season with Tabasco, salt, and pepper. Divide into four portions and shape into little logs/sausages and “impale” them with the wooden skewers ;) Heat up a frying pan with some oil and fry the Köfte from all sides until nicely browned – about 5-6 minutes.
3. For the yogurt sauce wash the lemon with hot water and dry again. Zest and juice the lemon. Season the yogurt to your liking with the lemon zest, lemon juice as well as salt and pepper.
4. Add some of the warm lentil salad on each plate, place two Köfte on top and decorate with the spring onion rings. Serve with the yogurt sauce.


Enjoy cooking!

Keywords: dinner, lunch, lentil, salad, meatballs, Köfte, Turkish