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A Taste Conquered the Whole World: A Brief History of Köfte

Köfte(sometimes called kofta, kufta or kefte) those delectable Turkish meatballs, are more than just a delicious dish – they’re a rich tapestry woven through centuries of culinary tradition. The word “köfte” itself originates from the Persian word “kufta,” meaning “to pound,” hinting at the ancient technique of preparing the meat.

The earliest recipes for köfta appear in Arab cookbooks, featuring large lamb meatballs glazed with saffron and egg yolk. This luxurious treatment highlights the dish’s regal past, as it likely graced the tables of sultans and emperors. Over time, köfte travelled through trade routes, evolving and adapting to local ingredients and preferences.

The exact origins of köfte are debated among historians and culinary experts. While some believe that köfte originated in Central Asia, particularly among the nomadic tribes of the region, others suggest that similar meatball-like dishes existed in various cultures, including India. The migration and exchange of culinary traditions over centuries have contributed to the evolution of köfte into the diverse dish we know today. Regardless of its precise origins, köfte has become an integral part of Turkish cuisine and is enjoyed by people around the world.

Offering Köfte at Ebby’s Authentic Turkish Kitchen

At Ebby’s Authentic Turkish Kitchen in Spitalfields Market, we take pride in serving köfte that stays true to its Turkish roots while incorporating modern twists and flavors. Our köfte is made with the finest quality meats and ingredients, expertly seasoned and grilled to perfection. Whether you prefer classic köfte served with rice and salad or innovative variations like köfte sliders or wraps, we have something to satisfy every palate.