This Turkish Green Lentil Soup is so delicious and fresh so it’s perfect for summer as well!
I will start saying that I am not a fan of soups and not a fan of lentils… with that said, when last year I went to Turkey and they gave me this green lentil soup I couldn’t believe my taste buds, absolutely delitious! Since then I have been trying to reproduce this recipe at home and I think I am finally there 🙂
This soup is so easy to make, so healthy and so tasty at the same time! I could talk for hours about the benefits of green lentils: first of all they are high in fiber and they are also a great source of magnesium, they are very high in protein content but very low in calories (they contain virtually NO FAT!), not to mention that they are also a source of very important vitamines and minerals like B1, B6, potassium, zinc and so on. Sorry but I have to share all my excitement for this dish 🙂 So nutritious, so good for you and absolutely tasty and satisfying!
this soup is perfect for winter and summer as it could be served hot or cold. Turkish people squeeze some lemon on top just before eating it, I was a bit skeptical about that but I have to say that it perfectly complements the flavour. The soup itself it’s very quick to make, the only thing you have to remember is to put the lentils to soak the night before so they will be ready for when you want to make the soup.
- 2 cups of Green Lentils
- 1 tbsp Tumeric
- 1 Onion
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Celery
- 1 clove of Garlic
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Lemons
- Salt Pepper to taste
- 4 cups of Water
- Soak the green lentils in water at least for 10 hours.
- Chop the onion, the garlic, the carrot and the celery and gently fry in a large and deep non stick pot for 10 minutes.
- Add the soaked lentils and stir in together with the tumeric, salt and pepper.
- Cover in water and let the soup cook until the lentils are cooked and until it reaches the right consistency (this will take about 35 minutes). if required add more water.
- Serve hot or cold with lemon wedges to sqeeze in the soup before eating.