Şiş köfte (Turkish) is a kebab variant. It consists of köfte, minced lamb meatballs with herbs, often including parsley and mint, on a stick, grilled. The food is popular in Turkey, where there are hundreds of versions of köfte such as ıslama köfte, sulu köfte, İzmir köfte, Tekirdağ köfte, Akçaabat köfte, dalyan köfte, sucuk köfte, çiğ köfte, and kadınbudu köfte; and, is usually served with plain rice and a salad.
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. As a matter of fact, Persian meatballs (the size of a big apple) are called Kufteh in Persian as they are made from ground meat as well. Kofte is called Kubideh in Persian, which is another form of the word "Kufteh".
Köfte is usually made of ground meat. It can also be made without any meat at all, as in the cases of lentil köfte or potato köfte.
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