Lentil and Noodle Soup/Eristeli Mercimekli Corba

Lentil and Noodle SoupGeographically Turkey is the largest among the European countries. This means we can swim in one part of Turkey and ski in the other part, and sometimes this can be at the same time. One of the coldest cities of Turkey is called Kars. This soup is coupled with this city. It is more a whole meal than a soup.

It is pretty easy to prepare. No special skills or material is needed.

Some soak the lentils in water couple of hours or the previous night in water to cook faster, which is a good idea, but not a must. To make lentils more tasty you should wash them quite a lot. They have a very typical smell, wash them until this smell goes away. Start cooking them with water just enough to cover. And drain and wash again as soon as this water boil. Add fresh water and start cooking your soup. This is done to get rid of the black water of the lentils, but be quick not to leave it boil, as then you will be loosing the valuable vitamins in the lentils. Did you know that vitamin vise lentils are as important as meat.

The noodles are sold in many markets in the pasta rayons. You can also make or buy homemade noodles. Do not overcook the noodles, take into consideration that they cook faster than pasta.

Kids generally do not like soup with particels in them. However I think they might be tolerating this one, as the particles are noodles. Enjoy.

Lentil and Noodle Soup / Eristeli Mercimek Corba
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A very heart warming soup from the Eastern Turkey city of Kars which is one the coldest cities of Turkey. It is like a whole meat, rather than a soup.
Servings Prep Time
10 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 minutes 30 minutes
Lentil and Noodle Soup / Eristeli Mercimek Corba
Print Recipe
A very heart warming soup from the Eastern Turkey city of Kars which is one the coldest cities of Turkey. It is like a whole meat, rather than a soup.
Servings Prep Time
10 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: minutes
Instructions
  1. Wash well the lentils. Put lentils in a large pot and cover with water and boil. As soon as the water comes to boil take the pot off the heat and empty contents to a drainer and wash the lentils again. This is done to get rid of the black water of the lentils.
  2. Wash the pot if necessary. Put the lentils back into the pot again. Add about 8 glasses of hot water. Cook to boil from start.
  3. When the water with lentils come to boil add bulghur and salt. Continue to cook.
  4. If unpleasent foams come up on top of the pot. Take them out with a spoon and discard.
  5. When the lentils are half ready add the noodles.
  6. Cook for about 6 minutes more, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are done and close the heat.
  7. Also add the chicken stock/bullion when you are adding the noodles.
  8. Meanwhile if the soup turns too thick-like a pudding, add more hot water.
  9. Meanwhile chop well the onions and crush the garlic. Heat the olive oil in an another pot over medium heat. Add first the onions and saute until cooked. Then add the garlic. Cook, for another 2 minutes.
  10. Add the tomato paste to the onions and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes.
  11. Pour the onion mix to the lentil soup pot.
  12. In the pan you prepared the onions melt the butter. Add red pepper flakes and mint into it. Garnish the soup with this butter mixture.
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