Ourfai Kololak (Armenian Ourfa Meatballs)


  • 3 medium long eggplants 🍆 (Asian or Armenian)
  • 2 pounds of ground beef 🥩
  • 1 medium onion (finely ground)
  • Black pepper & paprika (half a tsp)
  • 1 tbsp of dried parsley, & basil 🌿
  • Half a tsp of allspice
  • 2 grated garlic 🧄 cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp of sumac
  • Olive oil (half a cup)

For tomato 🍅 sauce:

  • 5 large tomatoes 🍅 skinned and ground
  • 3 tbsp of Armenian pepper 🌶️ paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic 🧄

• You will need a round baking sheet

Armenian Ourfa Meatballs


  • Wash and cut the eggplants in one and a half inch thick circles
  • Baste the eggplants with olive oil on both sides and fry them in preheated oven until the colour is golden.
  • For the meatballs, mix all the ingredients and make meatballs, matching the size of the round cut up eggplants
  • Cook the tomato sauce separately with the pepper paste, Armenian hot pepper, and garlic
  • At the bottom of the round pan, add half of the tomato sauce 🥫
  • Start placing, in alternating order, eggplants and meatballs in upright position. Should be placed in a spiral 🌀 until reaching the centre.
  • Pour the rest of the tomato sauce 🥫 over it
  • Garnish with a few cloves of garlic 🧄 and small hot peppers of different colours (uncut). 🌶️
  • Sprinkle with sumac
  • Put in the preheated oven covered with foil
  • The temperature of the oven should be 375 F.
  • Leave in the oven for half an hour
  • Remove the foil, raise the temperature to 400 F, and bake for another 20 minutes (uncovered).
  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for another 15 minutes
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley 🌿 and coriander and serve hot
  • Enjoy. 👩‍🍳
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