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Chiftele,[1] plural form of chiftea, are flat and round meatballs from Romanian traditional cuisine. Chiftele are usually made from minced pork meat, mixed with mashed potatoes and spices, then deep fried. Chiftele is served with pilaf or mashed potatoes. A variant mixing rice inside the meatball is called perişoare for sour soup, making ciorbă de perişoare.

There is a recipe called chiftele de peşte (fish chiftele) consisting of fishcake made with carp.


  • Etymology 1
  • History 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes and references 4
  • External links 5


The word chiftea comes from the Turkish language for Kofta. However, the recipe of chiftele is very different. In Turkey, kofta is plain meat and not made with pork meat, because it is haraam in Islam.


The centuries of Ottoman presence in Romania has left many traces of the Ottoman culinary arts. The chiftele is a variation of kofta, a Turkish meatball.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Definition of chiftea" (in Română). DEX on line. 

External links

(Romanian) Chiftele's recipe

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