Turkish red lentil soup

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Spicy, creamy and very nutritious soup… the perfect healthy lunch!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Soups
Cuisine Mediderranean, Turkish
Servings 4 persons
Calories 412 kcal


  • cooking pot
  • blender


  • 200 gr red lentils
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 potato
  • 3 tbl spoon tomato paste
  • 1 liter vegetable broth
  • 4 tbl spoon olive oil
  • 2 tea spoon chili flakes or pull biber
  • 1 tea spoon cumin grounded
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbl spoon leaf parsley chopped
  • ½ lemon if wanted


  • Make the chili oil by mixing 2 tbsp olive oil with the chili flakes. Heat briefly (not too hot, oil must not burn). Set aside.
  • Rinse the red lentils under running water until the rinse water is clear.
    Scrape the carrots clean and cut into pieces. Peel the potato and cut into cubes. Also cut the onion and garlic into pieces.
  • Put 2 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan, add the carrots, onion, potato and garlic and simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable broth, tomato paste, lentils and cumin. Simmer for 25 minutes. Stir a few times. Mix the soup with a mixer or blender. Taste and if desired you can add some extra salt.
  • Serve with a little chilli oil and chopped flat-leaf parsley. Add a few drops of lemon juice (if desired). Also grill a few slices of bread or serve with flatbread. Tasty!


From my trip to Istanbul I brought spices, including chilli flakes and ground cumin. They often came in handy… also now with this Turkish red lentil soup. By the way, red lentils are a rewarding product to work with. They don’t need to be soaked, are ready in 25 minutes and are a source of protein and fiber. A delicious creamy soup (without the addition of cream), very nutritious and nice and spicy thanks to the chili oil. I prepare this soup for lunch together with toasted slices of bread. If desired, brush the toasted bread with a little clove of garlic or chilli oil to give it even more power… Hasta pronto!
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Serving: 4gCalories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 17gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 153mgPotassium: 1086mgFiber: 21gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 8238IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 6mg
Keyword healthy lunch, red lentils, turkish soup, turkish red lentil soup, nutricious soup
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by Patricia

I am Patricia, energetic 40'er, architect, business manager and food blogger. Living in Andalusia but from Flanders - Belgium. Mother of 2 active and creative kids who, together with my husband Geert, form the tasting team of the first order!
Cooking has become a passion. Everything starts with devising an original recipe and that’s when my love for food photography & styling comes across… In my blog you will get to know my healthy Mediterranean fusion cuisine!

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