There are dozens of varieties of Köfte.
The Köfte is ground meat, usually veal and sheep, sometimes beef. The Köfte is then mixed with various ingredients according to the recipe: bread, spices, onions, ...
The most Köfte recipes are cooked meat but there are also raw meat köfte.
The Köfte is very common in Istanbul and more generally in Turkey. In almost every restaurant you go to Istanbul, you will be able to eat Köfte.
Here is a list of different Köfte that exist:
Içli Köfte, Köfte recipe in bulgur crust (cracked wheat)
CIG Köfte (Köfte seasoned and made from raw meat)
There are many other varieties of Köfte. Those presented above are the most common. Your trip to Istanbul will be an opportunity to discover the many recipes Köfte.
Köfte usually is accompanied by two spice jars, a first green, herbal mixtures, which can be similar to herbs de provence. The second pot, more spicy red chilli is.
The Köfte comes with a plate of raw vegetables or rice pilaf according to your demand or the restaurant where you are. You will also come across a restaurant that serves a mixed plate of Köfte, mixing different Köfte.
Anecdote in the street, Istabul, you sometimes encounter street vendors that offer the IGC Köfte in raw meat ...
Enjoy your meal!