Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe (2024)

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe (1)Helene Dsouza

A smooth Turkish soup made with split red lentils and a selection of spices. This soup is then topped with a refreshing topping.

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

2 servings

4.9 from 14 votes

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Turkish red lentil soup is a blended smooth soup prepared with veggies, red masoor lentils and selected spices.

A topping made of olive oil, chili and mint, takes this soup to a whole new level.

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The Turkish lentil soup is stuffed with flavors, and you can make the Mediterranean lentil soup at home from scratch within30 minutes in just one pot!

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  • 🧅 Ingredients
  • 🔪 How to make it?
  • 📖 Recipe
  • 🍴 Serving Ideas
  • 🍱 Storage
  • 📕 What is Turkish lentil soup?
  • 🇹🇷 What is this soup known as in Türkiye?
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I came across this red Turkish lentil soup recipe ages ago via the Turkish diaspora in Austria and Germany.

Some of the Turkish run Dōner/Kebap stalls also offer more than just shawarma style stuffed flatbreadand koftas. That is howI fell in love with this red lentil soup.

🧅 Ingredients

Here is what you need in a nutshell. Please refer to the printable recipe with measurements for details further below.

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  • Red Lentils — aka Masoor dal. Get the split ones or whole variety. Split masoor lentils are better because they cook through faster. You can buy these lentils in all major supermarkets but also in Indian grocery stores.
  • Garlic, fresh
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Carrot
  • Olive Oil
  • Paprikasweet or smoked Paprika
  • Cumin Seeds, ground
  • Tomato Sauce (optional)
  • Vegetable Broth — or Concentrated Stock or Bouillon cube mixed in Warm Water.

For the topping, which you shouldn't skip because it adds so much flavor, use the following ingredients:

🔪 How to make it?

Step 1

Rinse and soak lentils.

Prep vegetables.

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Step 2

Sauté onion and vegetables and stir in seasoning.

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Step 3

Stir in strained lentils and broth.

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Step 4

Mix and then simmer until the lentils are soft.

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Step 5

Blend to a smooth soup with an immersion blender.

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Step 6

Take from the heat and stir in lemon juice, pepper, and salt.

Pour soup into bowls or soup plates and top with olive oil, chili flakes and freshly chopped mint.

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📖 Recipe

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe

A smooth Turkish soup made with split red lentils and a selection of spices. This soup is then topped with a refreshing topping.

4.93 from 14 votes

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Course: Soup

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Diet: Vegetarian

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 servings

Calories: 493kcal

Recipe by: Helene Dsouza

Ingredients

The Soup

The Topping

Instructions

For the Soup

  • Rinse lentils well and keep soaking for at least 5–10 minutes while you prepare the vegetables. The longer you soak the lentils (20-30 mins), the better, as it cuts cooking time and helps in the digestion.

    1 Cup Red Split Lentils

  • Prepare veggies. Chop garlic, slice onion, dice tomato and slice carrot.

    2 Pieces Garlic Cloves, 1 Onion, 1 Tomato, 1 Carrot

  • Chop Mint and keep aside. This will be a garnish.

    a few Mint Leaves

  • Heat up a pot with the olive oil and sauté onion over a medium heat setting until soft.

    1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, 1 Onion

  • Then stir in the garlic, tomato, and carrot and cook for 2–3 minutes while stirring occasionally.

    2 Pieces Garlic Cloves, 1 Tomato, 1 Carrot

  • Reduce the heat or take the pot from the heat. Season with paprika and cumin powder, and add a tablespoon of tomato paste.

    1 Teaspoon Paprika, ½ Teaspoon Cumin Seeds Ground, 1 Tablespoon Tomato Sauce

  • Take back to the heat or increase to a medium heat setting. Stir-cook the whole content for 1–2 minutes.

  • Strain lentils. Pour the lentils into the pot with the broth.

    1 Cup Red Split Lentils, 3 Cups Water mixed with concentrated Stock

  • Mix the whole content well and cook for 10–15 minutes over a medium-high heat setting. The lentils will fill out the pot, and they are done cooking when they are soft.

  • Blend with a hand blender into a smooth soup without pieces and bits.

  • The soup should be still hot, but not over a heating source. Stir the lemon juice into the soup. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

    1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper Ground, To Taste Salt

For the Topping

  • Pour the hot soup into serving bowls and garnish with olive oil, chili pepper flakes, and freshly chopped peppermint.

    1-2 Tablespoon Olive Oil, Red Chili Pepper Flakes, a few Mint Leaves

Notes

  • Lentils should always be rinsed a few times with clear water to get rid of impurities. This also helps your digestion later.
  • You get whole red masoor lentils or split red masoor lentils. Try to get the split ones because they cook faster, but the whole ones are fine too.

Equipment

  • Hand Blender

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe

Amount Per Serving (438 g)

Calories 493Calories from Fat 72

% Daily Value*

Fat 8g12%

Saturated Fat 1g5%

Sodium 1507mg63%

Potassium 1375mg39%

Carbohydrates 78g26%

Fiber 33g132%

Sugar 11g12%

Protein 27g54%

Vitamin A 7010IU140%

Vitamin C 24.3mg29%

Calcium 90mg9%

Iron 8.6mg48%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

🍴 Serving Ideas

I serve this soup as a lighter dinner meal with bread and occasionally a side dish salad.

A flatbread such as a za'atar bread compliments this lentil soup. But you can get a toasted garlic bread too or a baguette.

I think a middle eastern dip can be a great addition, such as a Labneh or a Hummus.

A light vinaigrette-based side dish salad such as a shredded carrot salad, green lettuce salad or easy kohlrabi salad compliments the red lentil soup really well.

🍱 Storage

You can keep soup leftovers in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 5 days.

This soup can be frozen in batches for busy work days. Thaw it overnight in the fridge, or in the microwave, or over the stove-top in a pan.

The topping can be added just before the serving and shouldn't be frozen with the soup.

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📕 What is Turkish lentil soup?

The main ingredient of a Turkish lentil soup is the split red lentils (masoor dal lentil variety).

This particular red lentil soup is cooked and then blended into a smooth soup.

While the soup ingredients might vary across Türkiye, depending on the region and ethnicity, the Turkish red lentil soup is always blended into a smooth soup.

Lentils, Tomato, Garlic, and Onions are the main ingredients of the Turkish cuisine and these ingredients are commonly used in this soup as well.

In a nutshell, the Turkish lentil soup incorporated local ingredients from Türkiye, reflecting the Mediterranean cuisine beautifully with a touch of middle eastern flair.

Similar soups can be found in countries in the area, such as Lebanon and Syria.

🇹🇷 What is this soup known as in Türkiye?

In Turkish, the famous lentil soup is known asmercimekçorbası.

Mercimek (pronounced asmaertschimek) means lentils, andçorbası (pronounced tschorbasi) means soup in general.

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