The Ezobride’s Soup’s name comes from a sad story of a young bride called Ezo. She was forced to a marriage and sent to a foreign land. She died there very young and in sorrow. This traditional soup generally brings to mind long journeys because of this sad story and because the most delicious Ezobride’s soups are served in moderate restaurants on the road.
Although the ingredients are basic I had to try several times before getting the exact taste. Almost hopeless; I went to one of the restaurants I mentioned above and learned how they do it; so here it is. Approved by the whole family; even the kids.
It is a hearth and stomach warming soup. Not to mention how healthy it is.
Lentil and Bulghur Soup / Ezogelin Soup
This is a road soup. The best Ezogelin (Ezobride) Soup can be sipped at small restaurants in highways. It is heart and stomach warming. Not to say how healthy it is.
Wash the lentils and the rice really well; until the smell and the white water flowing under the colander is finished.
As the bulgur is very tiny, put bulgur in a bowl and cover it with water. Let the bulghur settle in the bottom and slowly discard the excess water.
Place the lentils, rice and the bulgur in a large, deep pot and add water. Add salt.
Cook until they are all well done. Stir occasionally. Make sure that the lentils do not stick in the bottom and get burnt. Add warm water if necessary.
In another smaller pot put the olive oil. When it is warm add the flour. Stir it continuously. When the flour starts smelling stir 1-2 minutes more and then close the heat. Add 2 glasses of cold water, stir again.
Add the flour mixture to the lentils while stirring. If you don’t like soups with particles, use a blender at this stage.
Taste of the soup; add salt or hot water if necessary. Boil once and close the heat.
In another smaller pot melt the butter. Add red pepper flakes and dry mint. Then add the tomato/pepper pastes; stir until you smell the pastes. Mix this mixture into the soup.
Garnish with well chopped parsley and serve with a slice of lemon.