Healthy Bites: Turkish Rustic Lentil Soup
Lentils are full of protein and have been noted as one of the five healthiest foods in the world by several institutions. With that being said, you can easily see why Muslims around the world turn to this legume in the Holy month of Ramadan. This recipe is my family’s personal favourite and as great as it taste it’s externally simple to make as well. One bowl of this classic Turkish soup will fill everyone’s belly all day.
- 1 cup red lentils
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 cups water
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Wash lentils until water runs clear and is no longer cloudy.
- In a 2-quart saucepan on medium heat, sauté onion with butter for 1 minute, add garlic sauté until golden. Add lentils and 1 cup water, stir.
- Put the lid on half way and cook for 5 minutes. The lentils will absorb the water quickly, so check often. Add chicken cube, remaining water, tomato paste, cumin, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 more minutes with the lid half way on over medium heat.
Yields: 4 servings