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Green Lentil Soup Recipe

This Turkish green lentil soup recipe is delicious year round and has the added bonus of being healthy and low in calories.
Course Soup
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 207kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


For The Green Lentil Soup

  • 200 g green lentils around 1 coffee mug
  • 1 large onion peeled & finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled & crushed
  • 1 dessert spoon tomato paste tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tbsp olive oil for frying
  • salt & pepper for seasoning

For The Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic peeled & crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ fresh lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • ½ tsp black pepper crushed


For The Green Lentil Soup

  • First of all, fill your kettle and boil the water.
  • Meanwhile, gently heat your olive oil in a deep saucepan and add your onion.
  • until your onion starts to sweat and now add your lentils.
  • Stir around until the onions and oil have coated your lentils.
  • Now add your garlic and spices and stir in.
  • Add your salça (tomato paste) and stir in thoroughly
  • 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).
  • Bring to the boil whilst stirring to mix in your tomato paste.
  • Now cover and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, check your soup. Taste your lentils to see if they have softened. Add more water if needed.
  • Cook for longer, if necessary but don't let your lentils get so soft that they go mushy. Keep them whole.
  • 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

  • Place your ingredients together in a small ramekin bowl and stir rigorously until they have blended together.
  • Place on the table, ready for serving.
  • 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.