Smiling like Sunshine: Turkish red lentil soup

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Turkish red lentil soup

It is quiet chilly here and we really like a nourishing soup to warm ourselves these days.
This is one of my favorite soups.
Lentils are a very good source of protein so I cook this soup very often, probably once a week. Kids love it, too.
A classic Turkish recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients (4 people)

1 cup of red lentils, washed and cleaned
3 cups of water
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 potato,peeled and diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
4 tbs olive oil
2 tbs paprika paste (tomato paste works fine as well)
2 ts cummin
salt,pepper to taste

For serving
crushed peppermint
1 lemon

1) Put the washed lentils,carrots and potatoes in a saucepan,add the water.Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Cook until the lentils are tender. (about 30 min.)
2)Saute the diced onions with olive oil in a skillet. Add the spices and pepper paste. Cook until the onions and carrots are tender enough.
3)Add the sauteed onions to the lentils. Let all the ingredients combine on low heat. Stir occassionally. (about 10 min.)Then sprinkle the crushed peppermint on top.
4)Serve each bowl with a lemon wedge.