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    Mercimek Köftesi Turkish Red Lentil Kofte (Vegan)

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    55 mins

    45 mins

    10 mins

    the80srule's Note:

    I got this from the Almost Turkish food blog, looks yummy! I looove red lentils though I'll probably cheat and use rice, kasha, or barley since I tend to not keep bulgur around heh. This is a completely dairy-free recipe that is both vegan and kosher. I guess any kind of onion would work but I imagine a tangy red onion would compliment the lentils well, or sweet yellow for a nice complex flavor, but white will work just fine.

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    Serves: 7



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    1. 1
      Boil the lentils in the water, uncovered, until they soak up most of the water, about 25-30 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add the bulgar and salt. Mix once and loosely cover to let the bulgar expand, then remove from the heat and let rest on a potholder about 10 minutes to let it cool off.
    3. 3
      Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the chopped onion and cook until soft, about 10-15 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add the tomato paste and cook another 1-2 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add the cumin and remove pan from heat. Stir once the heat is off.
    6. 6
      Add the onion-tomato paste-cumin mixture to the pot with lentils and bulgar, which should be cool by now. Add a few shakes of cayenne pepper to heat it up if you like.
    7. 7
      Add half of your parsley (about 1-1.5 tablespoons worth), the green onions, and lemon juice to the pot, and mix well.
    8. 8
      Take pieces of the kofte out of the pot and form them into kofte shape. The same size and shape as a Twinkie works, though traditional kofte is about half the size of a Twinkie.
    9. 9
      You can then arrange the lettuce leaves on a big plate and serve that way, but the real deal way to eat them is wrapping each kofte up in a lettuce leaf.

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    Nutritional Facts for Mercimek Köftesi Turkish Red Lentil Kofte (Vegan)

    Serving Size: 1 (157 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 7

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 177.5
    Calories from Fat 42
    Total Fat 4.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 365.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 26.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.6 g
    Sugars 1.2 g
    Protein 8.8 g

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