When I hear somebody speaking about Turkey, and especially of Istanbul, I am getting hungry. Very hungry. A treacherous city. It consists of rich history, beauty and food. A lot of food. Do you prefer to eat in restaurants? Istanbul welcomes you. Do you prefer fish? Istanbul welcomes you. Are you a meat fan? Istanbul welcomes you. Would NOT you like to spend 100 dollars per day for a food? You are welcome to Istanbul, featuring 10 buck daily budget. No problem. Rent an apartment and cook by your own? Just try not to loose your mind in a nearest market place.
Shall we cook a soup? A red lentils soup. There are some varieties and, as usual, there is no unique recipe. This one is the simplest.
Ingredients you need for Red Lentil Turkish Soup
- red lentils a cup
- one potato
- one carrot
- one onion
- 2 tb spoons of flour
- butter 50 gr
- red pepper flakes
How To Cook Red Lentil Turkish Soup Step-by-step
Firstly let us wash and drain the lentils. Do we need to soak it? Depends on what kind of lentils you use. Just read the package, they always give this information there. I use the lentils that don’t need to be soaked. Then peel the vegetables and put it all together in a pot. Add water and cook it on a medium heat until boil, then turn the heat down and let it cook until tender. If you use the lentils that supposed to be cooked for more than a half of hour (read the package) start with cooking only lentils and add the vegetables at about 30 min before the indicated time for lentils.
Now we are going to fry the flour. Melt the butter, add the flour and cook it on a low heat until golden brown. Stir all the time. Add it to the soup and pureed with blender or potato musher.
Add mint, red pepper flakes and serve. I like it to be minty and spicy, exactly how it is on the photo. So if this adjectives are not included in your cooking vocabulary add less than you see on the picture.