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Turkish Lamb Köftes w/ Pistachios and Turkish Okuzgozu wine

Enjoy these meaty Turkish delights packed with pistachios and savoury herbs! Grill on the BBQ or bake in the oven. Enjoy with a glass of Turkish Okuzgozu wine.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Turkish
Keyword: Köftes, Minced lamb, Okuzgozu, Turkish wine
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground fennel
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1.2 Kg minced lamb
  • handful of chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 75 grams roughly chopped pistachios
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp plain flour (more or less depending upon consistency)
  • olive oil for brushing
  • skewers (optional if cooking on the BBQ)


  • Set the oven to 180°C or prepare the BBQ.
  • Combine the first 13 ingredients in a bowl and mix together. You may then need to add a bit of plain flour if the dough is too sticky.
  • Form the meat mixture into individual little sausage shapes (5cm x 2.5cm) or form around skewers if you are BBQing them.
  • Bake them in the oven for about 18-20 minutes or cook on the BBQ for 8 minutes, turning halfway.
  • Serve these beauties with a colourful salad, chips and yogurt sauce (cacik in Turkish) which is like tatziki.
  • Wine pairing: A glass of Turkish Okuzgozu wine.