Şiş köfte (Turkish) is a kebab variant. It consists of köfte, minced lamb, mutton, veal or beef, or a mixture of some of these meats with herbs, often including parsley and mint, on a şiş (skewer), grilled. The food is popular in Turkey, where there are hundreds of versions of köfte such as ıslama köfte, sulu köfte, İzmir köfte, İnegöl köfte, Tekirdağ köfte, Akçaabat köfte, dalyan köfte, sucuk köfte, çiğ köfte, and kadınbudu köfte; and, is usually served with pilav (rice) and a salad.
In Israel, spices such as sumac, allspice, nutmeg, dried chilli and cinnamon, herbs such as parsley, coriander and mint and fruit syrups such as tamarind, pomegranate and date are added to the minced meat, creating a variety of tastes with regional differences and served with meze of salads and tahini sauce. It can be shaped into a patty version or finger version or skewered.
The origin of the word köfte is the Persian word کوفته kufteh meaning "mashed". In old times since people did not have meat grinders they minced meat to very small pieces and then mashed them in rather large mortars.
- www.templeworld.com Köfte Kebab (Meat balls). Accessed 16 April 2006
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