Red Lentil Soup-Turkish Style

Total Time
10 mins
50 mins

A nice start for lamb or serve with a salad and fresh, hot bread.

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  1. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, lentils and carrots.
  3. Cook, stirring often for 5 minutes.
  4. Add paprika and tomato paste and stir well to mix.
  5. Reduce heat to low and cook for a few minutes.
  6. Gradually add stock or water, stirring constantly.
  7. Simmer uncovered until lentils are v-e-r-y soft, around 30 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree to smooth.
  9. Return to pan and add milk or lemon juice to taste.
  10. Taste and add salt, pepper and cayenne.
  11. Give it 5 minutes and taste again, adjust seasonings.
  12. Ladle into bowls and offer croutons and mint at the table.