Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ezogelin Corbasi - Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup is the Turkish version of the stone soup. It is made up of ingredients typically found in the pantry of a Turkish home. I had most of the ingredients except bulgur in my pantry. This delicious soup is flavored with red pepper paste and tomato paste.


To make the red pepper paste I used red bell pepper as I could not find red banana pepper. The authentic recipe calls for the pepper to be cooked in water, peeled, de-seeded and then the pulp cooked to a paste. I roasted the pepper and covered it in aluminium foil for 15 minutes. The skin peeled right off the pepper. I then removed the seeds, cut it into pieces and ran it through the blender. As for tomato paste I had a can of organic tomato paste but it smelled of citric acid so I pureed a handful of cherry tomatoes.

Recipe adapted from here

You will need
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp butter, salted or unsalted
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup red lentils
2 tbsp. rice
8 cups water
2 tbsp. red pepper paste
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 medium tomatoes
2 tbsp. bulgur
1 tsp. paprika or cayenne powder (more if needed)
1/2 tsp. dry mint or a drop of mint extract
salt to taste

Wash the red lentils and rice. Drain and keep aside. Boil 8 cups of water in a separate pan. Heat the butter and live oil in a pan. Add the onion and garlic. Saute until tender and translucent. Add the red pepper paste, tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Cook for a couple minutes. Add the red lentils, rice, bulgur.


Add the water and bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 30 minutes.


Add the mint and paprika. Add salt to taste.


Turn of heat and serve hot.

I made this for the 22nd week of the 2014 52 week challenge for the theme Turkish.

10 comments:

  1. I have some masoor dal and will try this soup. I am not very fond of masoor in dals but like it in soups.

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  2. Looks beautiful. .lovely colours and real good flavours. Super one.

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  3. lovely color and nice recipe too...i like bell pepper but never mixed it with a lentil

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  4. Lovely bowl of soup! Looks very tempting and lovely color too...

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