Turkish Lentil Soup

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Turkish lentil soup is generally super-smooth and brothy, it's lightly seasoned with just a few simple spices, and it's served up with fresh herbs and lemon wedges, plus an occasional sprinkle of Aleppo pepper or pepper oil for some extra heat.

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Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 25 min
170 calories/serving


1 cup red-orange lentils (dried), rinsed and drained 190 g
1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
1 onions, finely chopped 200 g
1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
1 carrots, diced 100 g
1/2 dried chili peppers, or Aleppo pepper 0.2 g
1 tsp ground cumin 2 g
1 tbsp tomato paste 18 g
1 potatoes, Yukon Gold (yellow flesh), diced into 1 cm cubes 200 g
6 cups chicken broth 1.5 L
1 lemons 120 g
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
2 tbsp fresh cilantro 4 g

Before you start

It is not necessary to soak the lentils in advance. A blender or food processor will be very useful to purée the soup.


  1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium-low heat. Add the onion, garlic and carrot to the pot, then sauté with occasional stirring 3-4 min until translucent. Add the tomato paste and spices. Cook 1 min with stirring.
  2. Add the lentils, potato and broth. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, about 15 min until the lentils become very soft.
  3. Purée the soup in a blender and adjust the seasoning.
  4. Garnish with cilantro leaves and lemon quarters. Serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (380 g)


% Daily Value




3 g

4 %

Saturated 0.4 g
+ Trans 0 g

2 %


0 mg


670 mg

28 %


30 g

10 %


5 g

19 %


3 g

Net Carbs

25 g


9 g

Vitamin A

27 %

Vitamin C

22 %


4 %


21 %


This recipe is :
Excellent source of  :
Folacin, Manganese, Vitamin A
Good source of  :
Copper, Fibre, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6
Source of  :
Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Zinc
Low  :
Fat, Saturated Fat
Free  :
Added Sugar, Cholesterol, Trans Fat


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 1
Fruits 0
Vegetables 1
Meat and Alternatives 1
Fats ½

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