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Mercimek Çorbası (Bulgur and Coral Lentil Soup)

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Mercimek Çorbası (Bulgur and Coral Lentil Soup)

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Adjust Servings:
3 tablespoons Olive oil
1 large White onion
2 cloves Garlic
1 cup Tomato sauce
4 Tomato
1 tablspoon Paprika
1 tablespoon dried Chili pepper
A handful fresh Mint
1 ½ cup Red split lentils
1 cup fine whole-wheat Bulgur wheat
To taste Salt and pepper

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  • Gluten-Free
  • Low-Carb
  • Low-Fat
  • Paleo

The Turkish enjoy this tasty soup for breakfast. It is, indeed, a delicious way to start the day! Mercimek Çorbasį is made of tomatoes, fine bulgur, and red split lentils. Easy to prepare, it can be enjoyed at any time of the day!

  • 25 minutes
  • Serves 6
  • Easy




Mercimek Çorbası is a Turkish lentil soup made of fine, whole-wheat bulgur wheat and red split lentils in a broth of tomatoes and paprika. It’s incredibly delicious and comforting… and it’s also very easy to prepare!

To prepare it, stir-fry the onion and garlic on olive oil. Add the tomatoes and spices. Finally, add the bulgur, lentils, and water. Cook for 15-20 minutes and serve.

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5 minutes

Stir-fry the onion and tomatoes

Peel and dice the onion. Rinse the tomatoes and dice them. Heat the olive oil in a casserole. Press the garlic and add it to the oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Then, add the tomato and stir-fry for another minute.

20 minutes


Add the tomato sauce, paprika, chili pepper and mint to the casserole. Mix well, then add the bulgur wheat and lentils. Add 6 cups of water and continue to cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. When the lentils and bulgur are soft, season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another minute and take off the heat.



Transfer the soup to the serving bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of chili peppers. Serve hot, accompanied by pita bread.


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