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Cook1 hr 10 mins
This recipe comes with a bit of history. It is said to have been created by an astonishing Turkish beauty Ezo who was unlucky in love and marriage. The legend says that she died in 1952 from tuberculosis, only 43 years old, after having endured 2 marriages of which the first was terrible. She supposedly created this soup for her 2nd Mother In Law who was impossible to please. To this day this soup is served at Turkish weddings - to please the MIL up front, my guess :P
- Melt butter in large pan on medium heat. Add onions, turn heat to medium-low and cook, stirring, 15 minutes, until golden.
- Stir in paprika. Add lentils and bulgur. Cook, 1 minute, stirring to coat.
- Stir in 10 cups broth, tomato paste and cayenne. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour, partly covered, until bulgur is soft and creamy.
- Stir in mint. Remove from heat. Cover and let sit 10 minutes.
- Add some or all of remaining 2 cups broth to adjust to desired consistency. Add salt.
- Garnish with dollop of yogurt, lemon slice and mint leaf.