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Ruya Dubai's Cig Kofta-Beef Tartare Roasted Onion Recipe

Make Sure These Turkish Raw Meatballs Are Served at Your Next Dinner Party

Forget your regular steak tartare; this Cig Kofta-Beef Tartare Roasted Onion, Radish and Baby Gem dish is basically raw meatballs but it will jazz up any mezze platter. This high protein snack, devised by the chefs at Ruya Dubai, is sure to go down a treat the next time you're hosting friends at home.

Cig Kofta-Beef Tartare Roasted Onion, Radish and Baby Gem

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Ruya Dubai's Cig Kofta-Beef Tartare Roasted Onion Recipe


  1. 290gr Beef Rib eye, Trimmed of all fat
    100gr Fine Bulgur
    60gr Banana Shallots, Brunoise
    8gr Garlic Clove, finely grated
    40ml Lemon Juice, approx. to taste
    4gr Turkish Chili Paste
    35gr Tomato Paste
    10gr Turkish Chili Powder
    5gr Middle Eastern Five Spice, see the recipe
    2gr Cumin
    0.5gr Cinnamon
    60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    10gr Flat Leaf Parsley, finely chopped
    8gr Fresh Mint Leaves, finely chopped
    5gr Fresh Dill, finely chopped
    Freshly ground salt and black pepper, to taste
    Baby Gem Lettuce
    Red Radish
    Sumac Dressing
    Various Cresses
    Garlic Chips


  1. Cut the sirloin and rib eye into very small dice, chop further until they start to stick together and become a little creamy, cover with cling film and refrigerate for thirty minutes.
  2. Place the bulgur wheat in a mixing bowl with the chopped beef and press down for twenty minutes, until soft.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl combine the shallots, garlic, lemon juice, chili paste, chili powder, five spice, cinnamon, cumin and add little salt. Let stand for five minutes to soften the diced shallots and garlic.
  4. Stir in the olive oil, bulgur, herbs and meat.
  5. Mix well until totally combined, the mixture should be creamy and slight lighter in colour than the original mixture, season well with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Place a dollop of kofta mix on each baby gem leaf.
  7. Garnish with thinly sliced radish, seasoned with sumac, drizzle over extra virgin olive oil and garnish with assorted cresses and garlic chips.
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