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Turkish Red Lentil soup

This delicious and filling lentil soup is perfect for any occasion.

Serves: 3-5 | Estimated Time: 1 hour 20 min | Prep Time: 10 min


  • 1 cup CLIC dried Red lentils (washed) or CLIC canned Red Lentils (rinsed and drained)
  • ¼ cup Arbel fine bulgur wheat (rice as substitute)
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Combine red lentils, bulgur wheat or rice, onion and water in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil until soft and creamy (approximately 1 hour). Add stock and simmer for 10 minutes. With a hand-blender, blend soup for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat butter until it becomes liquid. Stir in cayenne pepper or pepper flakes.
  3. When ready to serve, stir and remove soup from heat. Let rest for about 10 minutes, then ladle into bowls. Drizzle butter and cayenne pepper mixture over soup and add a small amount of lemon juice and cumin.