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Chiftele, plural form of chiftea, are flat and round meatballs from Romanian traditional cuisine. Chiftele are usually made from minced pork, mixed with mashed potatoes and spices, then deep-fried. Chiftele is served with pilaf or mashed potatoes. A variant mixing rice inside the meatball is called perişoare for sour soup, making ciorbă de perişoare.

There is a recipe called chiftele de peşte (fish chiftele) consisting of fishcake made from carp.


The word chiftea comes from köfte, which is the Turkish word for kofta.[citation needed]


Centuries of Ottoman presence in Romania has left noticeable evidence from the Turkish culinary arts. Chiftele is the Romanian version of Turkish köfte.

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(in Romanian) Chiftele's recipe