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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Red Lentil Soup

(Kirmizi Mercimek Corbasi)

Red Lentil Soup - click to enlarge
1 cup red lentils, washed and drained
1 onion, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
1 tbsp crushed tomato, in can
1 tsp red pepper paste
1 1/2 cubes beef bouillon
3 cups water

Garnish:
1 tbsp butter
Red pepper
Cayenne pepper

Place all the main ingredients in a medium-sized pot. Cook for about 20 minutes on medium-low heat. Then mix thoroughly using a blender. If necessary (too thick), add more hot water. Pour into soup bowls using a ladle.

Melt the butter in a small pan and add in the peppers. When it starts bubbling, pour over the soup. Serve Red Lentil Soup while still hot with fresh bread. Add a few drops of lemon juice to taste.

* This is a vegetarian dish (don't use the bouillon).

18 Comments:

At 1:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent soup.. BRAVO ..I did add 1 tsp of cumin to it.and served with fried toast-bread cut into cubes...DELICIOUS
TERRY

 
At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this soup...I also add some milk (1 cup)after cooking...

 
At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soup was yummy but tasted better with some fresh lemon juice.. good recipie all round a i had been used to making the same soup but the cypriot way :)

 
At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

This must be the universal Turkish soup! My mother taught me a similar recipe, but we saute the onion first, and garnish it with vinegar and fresh garlic. I lived on it throughout college, because it's SO cheap and yummy. Thanks!

 
At 11:42 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sara,
It is a very delicious soup, I love it too:) I cook Green Lentil Soup
the same way your mother cooks it. Vinegar and garlic give it great taste.
Next time I will try same garnish for my Red Lentil Soup too, thanks:)

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
I was wondering what the serving size for this recipe is...I'm going to have 8 people for dinner, should I double the recipe?

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi,
This recipe is for 4-5 people, it depends on how watery you like it:)
You should double it, leftovers are also good:)

 
At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Tahira said...

Binnur,
sag olun for making such a wonderful site for turkish recipes. My husband is from Turkey and this site is so great for easy to understand recipes. I'm going to make the corba tonight for the first day of Ramadan.

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you Tahira:) It is a very good choice....Happy Ramadan!

 
At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Rosie said...

Just found this site whilst browzing for recipes...

Do I need to soak the lentils overnight for this or can the go straight in... I am a learner o apologise if this is a stupis question....

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Rosie,
Red lentil gets soften easily, you don't need to soak it into the water. Please follow the instruction. If you have more questions please don't hesitate to ask me:)

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger donnaroonie said...

senin yemek tarifler cok guzelmis. her zaman burda bakiyorum yemekler icin. ben kendim ingliz ama esim turk. senin yemek tarifler buldum ne kadar mutlu oldum. sebit tarif var me sende cunku esim bunlar cok seviyor ama ben sebit nasil yapacan bilmiyorum . yardim yollarabilirmisin ?

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Donna,
Tarifleri begenmene cok memnun oldum:)Sebit diger adiyla Kayseri Yaglamasi tarifini ilk firsatta yayinlayacagim:)
Sevgilerimle,

 
At 1:01 AM, Anonymous F said...

Dear Binnur,

This recipe is perfect! However, I have a question. Where do you buy your red lentils? The only brand I can find in the grocery store is Raja and I kept finding dead bugs in the lentils when I was inspecting them for the small stones. Is there another brand you can recommend that maybe I can order online?
Thank you so much.

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi,
Every supermarket in Toronto area has the same quality red lentils. I also can easily find the Turkish lentils which have the great colour at the Turkish groceries. I may suggest you to search tulumba.com which is located in New York. It is a on line Turkish store. I've found lentils (mercimek) for you, here is the address;
http://www.tulumba.com/icy_qsrch.asp?ops=s&x=top&tag=120&s=kirmizi+mercimek
Red lentils =kirmizi mercimek
Green lentils =yesil mercimek
Take care,

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger Nicki said...

I add dried mint, cumin and chilli flakes. At the end, I add a dash of lemon juice and serve it with a parsley topping and a swirl of plain natural yoghurt. It's delicious!

 
At 7:59 PM, Blogger ayse said...

Ellerinize saglik Binnur Hanim. Super oldu, cok sagolun. -Ayse

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger Gary said...

I'm living in Turkey right now and this is my all time favorite soup. I finally made it at home (thanks to your recipe). It was fantastic! I do not have a blender right now so I just whisked it, which left it a bit chunkier but still yummy.

 

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