Soup is such an important dish in the culture that I grow up. In Turkey, especially in my family I cannot imagine a dinner without a soup 🙂 When I was a little kid lentil soup was the only dish that I was eating for every meal. Now, most of the kids have same routine, lentil soup is a must dish for them.
This recipe is from Turkish cuisine and it is healthy, simple, yummy and absolutely hearty 🙂 In general this soup is served with a lemon.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large size onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1 medium size potato, chopped
- 1 cup of red split lentil, washed and drained
- 5 cups of water or chicken stock
- 1 tsp salt
- 1tsp groung cumin
- black pepper, red pepper, oregano
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
Heat the olive oil on medium heat in the pot. Fry the onion, carrot and potato until they start to soften but are not browned. Onions should be transparent. Then add lentils, water or chicken stock, salt and spices.
Once boiling reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots and lentils are tender. Turn off the heat and let the soup cool down for a few minutes. Blend in a food blender, or if you have hand blender blend the soup in pot. If you like hot, you can add extra paprika to the bowl.
Serve steaming hot with wedges of lemons. Squeeze liberally in to the soup to taste. You can serve the soup with a piece of crusty bread.
Click to see how to make this soup in a short video.