Red Lentil Soup | Turkish Eats


  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium potato
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (or cayenne pepper)


  1. Wash and drain the red lentils. Finely chop the onion, the carrot and the potato.
  2. A pot with a non-stick surface is recommended for this recipe.
  3. Sautee the onion in butter (or olive oil), add the chicken broth and the remaining ingredients. bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. In the old days, we would pass the soup through a wire mesh strainer. An electric hand blender can be used to achieve the same consistency in a few minutes.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small pan, remove from heat and add the paprika. Pour on the soup immediately before serving.

© Mehmet Ozturk 2017