3 cups dry bulgar wheat. ( After you soak it in 3 cups of water overnight it will yield 6 cups).
1 cup finely chopped onions (raw)
1 cup finely chopped green peppers (raw) 1 cup minced parsley (raw)
1 & 1/2 can of tomato PASTE (not tomato sauce)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon allspice salt and pepper to taste.
Soak the bulgar wheat in a bowl over night in same amount of water. 3 cups bulgar soaked in 3 cups water will yield 6 cups bulgar for the recipe. The water can be room temperature. Get a very large bowl.
Put the softened bulgar wheat, onions, peppers, parsley & tomato paste into the bowl. Knead this together with your fists.
Once very well incorporated and 1/2 the oil. Keep kneading. Add the allspice, salt and pepper to taste. Knead again. Add more oil until you can form kifta balls that do not fall apart. It's important to really knead the mixture, even squeezing the mixture in your hands letting it ooze through your fingers.
Once you're satisfied with the taste and have the seasonings just right, use your hands to scoop up enough of the mixture to form into an oval shaped ball the size of a kiwi. All of the above ingredient amounts can be altered to taste. The amount of olive oil will depend on the mixture holding together when you form a 'ball'. The mixture should be a deep red color so add tomato paste generously. Press the mixture into your hand till it feels solid. Place them all on a plate. You can serve them as is or you can serve them with rinsed grape leaves. If you want the grape leaves just place the kifta ball into the middle of the leaf and wrap the leaf around it. I like to put a bit of cayenne pepper on my plate and dab a smidge on my kifta with each bite, This is an extremely tasty and nutritious meal. Enjoy!
You probably noticed above that the picture I took did not feature the kifta in a ball.... after 5 servings you start just shoving it in your mouth. SOOOOO good !
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