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Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Mint

Jenna

"This soup is divine and much like you will get at any authentic Turkish restaurant. It has dynamic flavors and a lovely mild heat. I make a big batch and eat it for lunch with crusty bread and salad the entire week. Optional: Serve with additional mint and lemon wedges."
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Ingredients

1 h servings 168 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Cook and stir the onion in the hot oil until it begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir the garlic into the onion and cook another 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes to the onion mixture; continue to cook and stir another 10 minutes.
  2. Pour in the chicken stock, red lentils, bulgur, rice, tomato paste, paprika, cayenne pepper, and mint to the tomato mixture; season with salt and black pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the the lentils and rice are cooked through, about 30 minutes.
  3. Pour the soup into a blender to no more than half full. Firmly hold the lid in place and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth; pour into your serving dish. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup in cooking pot.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • The recipe is vegan, if you use olive oil instead of butter and vegetable stock instead of chicken broth.
  • Bulgur wheat can be found in most health food bulk sections, in international markets (or the international section of your grocer), or with other dried grains.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 168 calories; 5.6 g fat; 24.1 g carbohydrates; 6.6 g protein; < 1 mg cholesterol; 623 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This is ezogelin soup, a traditional Turkish soup that was supposedly invented by an unhappy bride (gelin). Here in Turkey, it can be thrown together with basic ingredients found in any kitchen....

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Heat: recipe starts with High heat and gives no clarification for the steps thereafter. Result: burned soup 30 minute cooking: recipe gives no indication of covered or uncovered or partially c...

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This is ezogelin soup, a traditional Turkish soup that was supposedly invented by an unhappy bride (gelin). Here in Turkey, it can be thrown together with basic ingredients found in any kitchen....

I am in Turkey right now, learning how to make Turkish dishes and found this one. It has been a hit so far in my family especially with my husband. Says it tastes like something you would find i...

This is amazing!! I doubled the onion and garlic; used double the stock and 1 lb of lentils. I didn't have rice so used 1/2 c bulgar. no diced tomatoes either so use about 1/3 c tomato paste. do...

Absolutely delicious and bright. I added only 1/4 tsp cayenne which was perfect for my tastes, and I used two cloves of garlic. It looked so good unblended (and the photo in the recipe is unblen...

Heat: recipe starts with High heat and gives no clarification for the steps thereafter. Result: burned soup 30 minute cooking: recipe gives no indication of covered or uncovered or partially c...

I eliminated the oil, used water instead of stock, and changed the bulgar to couscous. I added the couscous just 5 minutes before serving. This smelled delicious and tasted great! Thanks for ...

This recipe is phenomenal - tastes just like at the Turkish restaurant I go to. I used 1/2 cup of quinoa in place of the bulgar and rice. I used 3/4 cup of red lentils. I needed to up the liquid...

I loved this recipe, I had a cold and the cayenne pepper really cleared me up. I didn't have any tomato paste so i used some of the juice from the canned tomatoes and I used brown rice because I...

I have been using allrecipes.com for years and have never bothered to write a review. However, this soup is so good, that I would be doing the public a disservice if I did not ever write one fo...