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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Lentil Pate

(Mercimek Koftesi)

Lentil Pate
1 cup bulgur, washed and drained
1 cup red lentils, washed and drained
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp cumin
1 lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup parsley, chopped

Cook the red lentils with 2 1/2 cups of water on low heat. When there's a small amount of water left, add the bulgur. Stir and and continue cooking until all the water evaporates. Cover the lid and put aside.

In another medium-sized pot, sautee the onion with sunflower oil. Then add all the remaining ingredients, except for parsley. Also add in the lentil and bulgur mixture. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes doughy and starts to leave the sides of the pot. This should take about 8-10 minutes. Cover the lid and put aside for about an hour.

Mix in the parsley and using your hand, give them the shape shown in the picture. Keep refrigerated and serve on green salad leaves.

* This is a vegetarian dish.


At 3:58 PM, Blogger lisa said...

I fell in love with these at Zencifil, in Istanbul. Is kuskus the Turkish name for bulgur? And does it matter if the red lentils are split or whole?

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lisa,
Kuskus (Couscous) is a small tiny ball shape pasta, Bulgur is grain that come in different sizes. I've already posted some recipes for them. You can use either split or whole red lentil to cook any kind of dish.
On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box. So you can search just my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to find any recipe that I posted:)

At 3:57 PM, Blogger lisa said...

Thanks, Binnur. I seem to recall at Zencifil, some kind of sauce served with these lentil balls. What would you suggest?

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lisa,
Lentil Pate traditionally is served with lemon juice on the lettuce leaves. If you wish to make a sauce, you may use zencefil, lemon juice and olive oil. But I wouldn't use any sauce for it because simple it is, better it is:)

At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

Hi Binur
I was just wondering what you mean by "when a small amount of water is left". I'm worried I will leave too much or too little water.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jennifer,
The red lentil should be almost done with a little bit of water left. Do not worry about leaving too much water, after adding bulgur you will continue too cook until all the water evaporates:)

At 5:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are awesome - I usually mold it all into a shape like a heart and have guetss spread it on crackers. so delicious.

At 5:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for all of your wonderful recipes! i wonder, what other foods (if any) can you serve with lentil pate?

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is a meze (appetizer) which can be served with any kind of dishes or mezes:)

At 4:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur, I've been using your site for a while now. I'm from the states but I have been living in Turkey for about three years. I leared how to make mercimek kofte from a woman from Mersin and she put a lot more tomato paste and spices in it... the mixture was almost too soft to role into balls. I've tried your recipe too and I found it equally delicious. I was also wondering if you had a recipe for kol boreği with ground beef. The kind I buy in the pastry shops doesn't seem to be made from yufka, it seems much more fluffy and buttery... can you give me any ideas of what and how they make this kind of borek? Thank you for all of your recipies!

Kind Regards,

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Emilee,
Kol Boregi which are sold at the pastry shops made of very soft and very thin oiled dough. I am going to post it in the future:)

At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa,

I saw your comment about a sauce to go with these red lentil balls and the first thing that came to my mind is Pomegranate Sauce (Molasses). It is dark and has a syrup-like consistency with a great sour taste. It goes well on salads and another Turkish dish called Kisir. You can find it at any Turkish or Middle Eastern grocer. Hope you enjoy it!

At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are simply the best Binnur Hanim!

On an entirely different note, do you happen to know what the soap in Turkey that is called "arab sabun" is made from? I use it but don't have a clue!

Also curious what the Turkish word for the herb tarragon is. Not sure whether I can find it in Istanbul.

Thanks so much for a fantastic site.

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these! I was wondering, do you think it's possible to freeze the mix before shaping it into kofte? I always seem to make too much and then I'm eating them for days!

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sure, why not:)

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:)
Tarragon means tarhun (Tarhun otu) in Turkish.
Arap sabunu: Soft soap. Arap soap is a healthy general cleaning agent that can be used safely. It is more natural compared to other soaps as it is made from vegetable oils. It is less harmful to skin and environment.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Carson said...

Hi Binnur! LOVE your website - you have so many recipes for Turkish dishes that my friends and I go crazy for, including these lentil balls that we just tried for the first time yesterday. I'm really excited to try making them myself, but I wanted to ask, do they contain the juice of 1 lemon, or is it supposed to be something like 1 tablespoon lemon juice?

Thanks so much for this great website!

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Carson,
Thank you:) It contains the juice of 1 lemon. You can use less amount of lemon juice, then later if you like add more:)


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