First make the filling, as it needs to be left to cool, heat the butter in a pan, sauté chopped onions, add the minced beef, salt and pepper, mix together for about 10 minutes, until it’s juice is all gone. Add parsley. Turn off the heat.
Let it cool,
Add chopped walnuts, keep aside. Then cover and keep in the fridge until you are finished with the bulgur dough.
Add semolina into the fine bulgur, as this will bind the dough together. (I also added 1 cup of flour.)
Stir in the red pepper paste, cumin, salt and red pepper flakes and using your hands, mix them all well. Next slowly pour the 2 cups warm water all over it. Again using your hands, give the bulgur mixture a good mix and make sure all bulgur is wet.
Leave aside and Let it rest and absorb the water for about 10 minutes.
Next add the ground meat, knead for about 10 minutes. Until the dough is binding together nicely.
Fill up a dish with Walter to keep by your side, Wet your hands with it and take a small tangerine size of the bulgur dough into your palm,Roll it into an oval-lemon shape and using your thumb, or index finger first hollow out an opening in the middle
Shape the ball about ¼ “ thick and oval with an opening at one end by molding ball around finger, gradually tapering closed end.
Fill the dough ball with ground beef mixture (about a tsp full)
Moisten edges of opening, (wet fingers if it’s too dry to mould, then pinch the edges of the ball to seal.
Mend any cracks in the shell with a moistened finger (it’s like playing around with it and stroking until the hole is covered and sturdy)
Put your Perfect lemon shaped köfte onto a tray where you can add the rest as they are made.
Next Boil salty water, then slowly place bulgur balls in, When they are flooding in the surface, they are ready to be taken out. (Around 15 mins)
You can also fry these in a little oil or in butter with some chilli flakes or other spice in a frying pan for a few mins too, to crisp them up and give extra flavour if you fancy!
I’m going to make these again next week so il take some step by step photos to upload here and make it a little easier for you to follow.