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  • Author: Chefjar
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Authentic Turkish Red lentil soup from scratch!


  • Turkish roasted pepper flakes*( Aci isot biber)- 1/2 tsp.
  • Onion ( finely chopped)-1
  • Garlic cloves ( minced)-2
  • Vegetable oil- 3 tbsp.
  • Split red lentil ( washed & drained)- 1 cup / 300 gm
  • Brown bulgur wheat ( washed & drained)- 3 tbsp.
  • Basmati rice ( washed & drained)- 3 tbsp.
  • Vegetable / Chicken stock -8 cups
  • Tomato passata- 5 tbsp.
  • Paprika powder- 1 tsp.
  • Dried oregano- 1/2 tsp.
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt- to taste
  • Black pepper-to taste
  • Paprika- 2 tsp.
  • Olive oil- 4 tbsp.
  • Turkish roasted pepper flakes- 1/4 tsp, optional
  • Lemon wedges


  1. In a 25 cm cast iron casserole* heat vegetable oil, add onion seasoned with a pinch of salt and sauté 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic, Turkish roasted pepper flakes and sauté for another 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomato passata, paprika , dried oregano and sauté for 20-30 seconds. Immediately add the lentil,bulgur,rice, lemon juice & stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cover the casserole halfway and then allow to simmer on a low heat about 30 -40 minutes or until the grains are tender.
  3. Paprika oil. In a small pan heat vegetable oil, add paprika & roasted pepper flakes. Remove from the heat when paprika is about to bubble, set aside.
  4. Using a blender or a hand blender, blend the soup to reach the desired consistency. Adjust salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle soup with paprika oil.
  6. Serve hot with lemon wedges and more paprika oil.


*If you don't have a casserole, use any large saucepan.
A 25 cm cast iron casserole, a blender.

** Aci Isot Biber
Turkish dark purple color pepper flakes ( from Urfa, Turkey) bring a rich, earthy flavor and smoky aroma to this soup. It is perfect for any salad, pilaf, meat and pasta. Substitute for Isot Biber- Red chili flakes.
Turkish lentil soup

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Category: Soup recipes
  • Cuisine: Turkish


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 179 kcal
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 495 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Fiber: 11 g
  • Protein: 9 g

Keywords: red lentil soup, soup recipes