Red Lentil Balls-(Mercimek Kofte)


I decided to make this delicious, hearty Red Lentil balls for my classmates. Tonight is my last class of MBA student life. I hope they like it and share thoughts about these lentil balls. 😉


  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 cup fine bulgur(cracked wheat, very tiny one)
  •  1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper paste (not harissa), or a mix of puréed roasted hot and sweet red peppers
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • salt


  • In a small saucepan, combine the lentils, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are soft and have absorbed most of the water, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the bulgur and remove from the heat. Cover and set aside until the bulgur is very soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • In a small skillet over low heat, heat the oil and add the onion, sautéing until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato and pepper pastes and mix well. Remove from the heat and cool. Add cumin, crushed red pepper and black pepper. Season with salt to taste.
  • Add the onion mixture to the lentil mixture and toss to mix. Add parsley, mixing gently. With dampened hands, form the lentil mixture into oval walnut-size balls. Serve immediately, or cover lightly and refrigerate up to one hour.





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