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A capture I'd made during my last trip to Diyarbakir.
This cat (one of the many thousands of unattended stray cats of the city) was sitting in front of the display of a local restaurant offering local specialities.

This plate is decorated with a kind of meatballs, which are eaten uncooked or ungrilled, just as they have been made with a mixture of ground meet, a kind of local rice and hot red paprica.
The rest of the plate is been decorated with some fresh salads.

Çiğ köfte is traditionally a meatball made from raw ground lamb but in today’s culture is most often composed of wheat and tomato paste.

Çiğ köfte (raw meatball), it is a fairly simple food made from cracked wheat mixed with raw meat (sometimes) and tomato paste wıth lots of spices. Usually served on lettuce leaves with lemon juice, it is a spicy, crisp, and refreshing consumable with diverse recipes from place to place.

Sometimes made with raw beef, chicken, or lamb, most street sellers in Istanbul are serving vegetarian (etsiz) style made from boiled wheat grains.

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