Red Lentil Soup-Turkish Style

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.


Most Helpful

This was really delicious! I added a good bit of pepper and cayenne to knock it up a bit on the spicy scale. I, like many others, didn't add the milk, but I did serve it with a few healthy spoonfuls of homemade yogurt. It's definitely a good flavorful recipe with enough room for improvisation to satisfy everyone. Thanks DiB's!

Georgiapea January 29, 2010

I forgot to add the milk, but it was delicious without out! Excellent soup!

Scrivener1 May 14, 2015

This is great!!!! For the paprika I used 1 tsp regular paprika, and the other tsp Hungarian paprika. Completely forgot about the cayenne... Lol. And I added the juice of three small lemons and used Chopped cilantro instead of mint. Absolutely yummy. Next time I will not be forgetting cayenne and maybe use a mixture of butter/olive oil.

cynjrana March 26, 2014

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