Recipes | Seftali



We tend to think of barbecue as American but of course many cuisines involve dishes that are cooked over coals such as these delicious kebabs from Selin Kiazim's fabulous book Oklava.

Selin writes: "Şeftali was probably one of the first things I planned to put on the menu at Oklava, first because it’s a Cypriot kebab, and second because it’s my favourite! You must eat it with an onion salad, lavash or Turkish bread to absorb the juices and lots of lemon. I have given specific measurements for the onion and parsley because for me it is very important to have the correct quantities, and every bunch of parsley or onion weighs a different amount."


900g (2lb) minced beef

450g (1lb) onion, finely chopped

300g (10½oz) flat leaf parsley, finely chopped (a little stalk is good)

15g (½oz) fine salt

40g (1½oz) Turkish chilli flakes (pul biber)

200g (7oz) lamb suet, frozen and finely grated* (If you haven't got lamb suet I'd replay half the beef mince with lamb mince FB)

2–3kg (4lb 8oz–61b 8oz) lamb caul fat, soaked in cold water with the juice of 1 lemon for 1 hour* (obviously not the easiest thing to get hold of and you definitely don't need this amount. 500g should do it I'd have thought. Sausage casings might also work or just make them without FB)

Mix together the beef, onion, parsley, salt, chilli flakes and lamb suet. Knead for 5–10 minutes, or until well combined.

Divide the mixture into 85g (3oz) pieces and shape each one into a sausage about 7cm (2¾in) long.

To wrap the şeftali, stretch a large piece of caul fat over a chopping board. Place a sausage on one corner of the board and cut the caul fat around it, leaving a 1.5cm (¾in) margin on 3 sides and leaving it at least 10cm (4in) long on the fourth side,

Roll the caul fat around the sausage 1.5 times, tucking in the margins as you go. Repeat with the rest of the sausages.

Thread the sausages onto 2 large skewers, weaving them in and out to prevent them unravelling. Alternatively, if you have a metal grill for sandwiching fish on thebarbecue, you can line them up in that.

Cook over medium-hot coals, seasoning with a little fine salt during cooking, andturning them regularly.

What to drink: I'd suggest a bright fruity red with this such as Kalecik Karasi from Turkey or a mencia from Bierzo.

Image credit: Chris Terry

Book credit: Oklava by Selin Kiazim is published by Mitchell Beazley, £25 (

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Comments: 3 (Add)

Fiona Beckett on September 9 2019 at 07:00

@moose molloy - you're right. I took it from the book without picking that up - It must have been a restaurant recipe that wasn't fully scaled down. Would have thought 500g would be ample. Sorry

Moose Molloy on September 9 2019 at 00:46

I'm sure there's a misprint in its recipe: "2–3kg (4lb 8oz–61b 8oz) lamb caul fat"? Honestly? You really need double or treble the weight of the other ingredients, just to wrap them? Like having a pound of sausages end up weighing 5lb because of the heavy sausage skins? I don't think so. :-)

RH on July 24 2017 at 06:37

Şeftali translates into "peach"

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