🥞 Turkish Lentil Soup

11 Feb, 2020

A Turkish-style Lentil Soup; a great, hearty soup that goes great with flatbread.

Turkish Lentil Soup

Prep Time: 15m - Cook Time: 25m - Total Time: 40m


  • 1 1/3 cup (8oz) red lentils
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Spanish onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • lemon juice & peppermint for garnish


  1. In a large pot, add carrots, onion, garlic, lentils, tomato paste, cumin, cayenne, & broth; bring to boil
  2. Lower heat to medium-low & simmer uncovered until vegetables are tender and lentils fall apart (25-30min)
  3. Remove from heat and blend using an immersion blender until there aren't large chunks but it's not completely smooth
  4. In serving bowl, mix in lemon juice and garnish with mint




Derivation & Modifications

Original recipe: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/turkish-style-red-lentil-soup


This recipe makes a lot (yay!), but roommates, it won’t taste as good if you don’t garnish it.

  1. Take out of fridge
  2. Put in bowl
  3. Heat in microwave, 3-5min-ish
    • It’s ok if you get a strange foamy mesh thing on the top, it mixes back in without issue
    • Tastes better if you make it hot and let it cool than if you don’t heat it enough
  4. Add 1-2tsp-ish of lemon juice (depending on how much you put in bowl)
  5. Rinse 2 large/4 medium mint leaves and put in bowl
  6. Eat with naan
    • To keep naan moist, lightly spread water on both sides before microwaving