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Turkish Spicy Red Lentil Soup
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5 from 4 votes

Spicy Red Lentil Soup Recipe

This Turkish red lentil soup recipe is healthy and comforting during autumn and winter. It's also nutritious.
Course Soup
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 172kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • 1 cup red lentils approx 150 grams
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 large potato scrubbed & roughly chopped
  • 1 large tomato roughly chopped (or 1x400 gram tin)
  • 1 dessert spoonful chilli flakes
  • pinch of cumin
  • salt & pepper to season

For The Garnish

  • 1 lemon wedge
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried mint


  • In a large pan, heat a glug of olive oil.
  • Add the potato and onion and keep stirring for a few minutes over a low to medium heat.
  • Now add your lentils and mix together.
  • Add your chopped tomato, chilli and cumin, then stir.
  • Now add two mugfuls of hot water or stock, salt and pepper and stir everything together.
  • Bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for around 20 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and give your red lentil soup a stir.
  • Add more water or stock if necessary.
  • Simmer for a further 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and mash or blend your red lentil soup.
  • Ladle your soup into serving bowls and sprinkle your chilli flakes and dried mint over the top.
  • Squeeze the juice of the lemon wedge into your soup.
  • Now your Turkish red lentil soup is ready for you to enjoy.


  • This Turkish red lentil soup recipe makes 4 large servings.
  • Calories per serving are meant as a rough guide only.
  • The soup garnish is optional but it is very common in Turkey to add lemon, mint and chillies to red lentil soup.