Mercimek Köftesi Turkish Red Lentil Kofte (Vegan)

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READY IN: 55mins
SERVES: 7
YIELD: 7 koftes
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Boil the lentils in the water, uncovered, until they soak up most of the water, about 25-30 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the chopped onion and cook until soft, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the cumin and remove pan from heat. Stir once the heat is off.
  • 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.
  • Add half of your parsley (about 1-1.5 tablespoons worth), the green onions, and lemon juice to the pot, and mix well.
  • 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.
  • 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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