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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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
7
Yield:
21 balls
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Ingredients

7
Original recipe yields 7 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

208 calories; protein 9.6g 19% DV; carbohydrates 29.2g 9% DV; fat 6.8g 10% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 372.4mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition