Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Turkish cuisine with our Classic Turkish Red Lentil Soup, known as Kırmızı Mercimek Çorbası. This soup is a staple in Turkish households, beloved for its rich flavors, heartwarming qualities, and nutritional benefits.
Made with simple ingredients and easy to prepare, this red lentil soup is perfect for anyone seeking a comforting and satisfying meal. Whether you’re enjoying a cozy night in or serving a heartening dish to your family, this soup is sure to become a cherished part of your recipe collection.
Delve into the soothing world of our Soup Recipes, where you’ll find a diverse range of options from rich, hearty stews to light, refreshing broths, perfect for every season and mood!
1-Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent.
2-Add the diced carrot and potato to the pot and cook for a few minutes.
3-Stir in the tomato paste, paprika, and cumin, cooking for another minute.
4-Add the red lentils and broth to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils and vegetables are soft.
5-Once cooked, use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. You can also use a regular blender, working in batches if necessary.
6-Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
7-Serve the soup hot, garnished with fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Our Classic Turkish Red Lentil Soup is not just a dish; it's a comforting embrace in a bowl. Its smooth texture, combined with the earthy flavors of lentils and spices, makes it a favorite for all seasons. This nutritious and delightful soup is a testament to the simplicity and richness of Turkish culinary traditions, providing warmth and comfort with every spoonful.
Consistency Adjustments: If the soup is too thick, add more broth or water to reach your desired consistency.
Aromatic Depth: For an added depth of flavor, consider sautéing a clove of minced garlic with the onions.
Serving Suggestions: This soup pairs beautifully with a crusty loaf of bread or a side salad for a complete meal.
Storage and Reheating: The soup stores well in the refrigerator and can be gently reheated, making it a great make-ahead meal.
Vegan Adaptation: To keep this dish vegan, use vegetable broth and top with a dollop of vegan yogurt.