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Lentil Balls

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"This is a delicious appetizer known and loved by all in Turkey. It's also one of my American husband's favorites. It is nutritious too! You can serve them in lettuce leaves."
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45 m servings 208
Original recipe yields 7 servings (21 balls)


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  1. Combine water and red lentils in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir in bulgur and remove saucepan from heat. Cover and let stand until bulgur absorbs the residual moisture, about 5 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir spring onions until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste; cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Combine red lentil mixture and onion mixture in a large bowl. Add parsley, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, cumin, and salt; knead by hand until evenly distributed.
  4. Shape mixture into small logs or round balls and arrange on a plate. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent the tops from drying out before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 208 calories; 6.8 29.2 9.6 0 372 Full nutrition

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