Green Lentil Soup Recipe
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Turkish
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Serves: 4
This Turkish green lentil soup recipe is delicious year round and has the added bonus of being healthy and low in calories.
For The Green Lentil Soup
  • 200g green lentils (around 1 coffee mug)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 dessert spoonful salça (tomato paste)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tbsp olive oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
For The Dressing
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of half of a fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • ½ tsp crushed black pepper
For The green Lentil Soup
  1. First of all, fill your kettle and boil the water.
  2. Meanwhile, gently heat your olive oil in a deep saucepan and add your onion.
  3. Saute until your onion starts to sweat and now add your lentils.
  4. Stir around until the onions and oil have coated your lentils.
  5. Now add your garlic and spices and stir in.
  6. Add your salça and stir in thoroughly
  7. Turn the heat to high and immediately add 5 mugs of hot water from the kettle (use the same size mug as the one for your lentils).
  8. Bring to the boil whilst stirring to mix in your salça.
  9. Now cover and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  10. After 20 minutes, check your soup. Taste your lentils to see if they have softened. Add more water if needed.
  11. Cook for longer, if necessary but don't let your lentils get so soft that they go mushy. Keep them whole.
  12. When your green lentil soup is ready, use a hand blender and give your soup a couple of pulses. Some of the lentils will blend to make your soup thicker whilst others will remain whole.
For The Dressing
  1. Place your ingredients together in a small ramekin bowl and stir rigorously until they have blended together.
  2. Place on the table, ready for serving.
  3. Serve your soup and drizzle 1-2 teaspoons of the dressing over the top.
As with all of our recipes, calories are a rough guide only. The calories are for the green lentil soup only and do not include the dressing.
This green lentil soup recipe is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. We are neither and often use our own chicken or beef stock rather than hot water. This is common in homemade Turkish soups.
If you want an even more filling soup, Turkish green lentil soup can also have the addition of erişte. This is a hand rolled type of noodle, cut into very short strips. Orzo or vermicelli would make a good alternative. Add 10 minutes before the end of cooking.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 207
Recipe by Turkey's For Life at