The BEST Lentil Soup
This lentil soup is so tasty. It’s hard to believe that it’s really just lentils, an onion, salt and water. I mean that’s basically what it is. As an Indian I grew up eating dal which is the Indian lentil curry eaten with rice. This is a staple food and the lentils are cooked with onion and sometimes tomato. It’s often finished with tempered spices. It’s really delicious. I’ve even done a yellow lentil recipe which you can check out. But it’s mundane, it’s regular everyday food.
On my recent trip to Turkey my Instagram friend Ercan suggested I visit a traditional Turkish restaurant. For some reason I felt like a soup and I got a bowl of the lentil soup along with a leg of Turkey with some pilaf. I cannot tell you how my mind was blown! That was one of the best meals I had in Turkey. It was so flavourful. Ercan shared the recipe with me and I couldn’t believe how simple it was. So here I am showing you how to make an epic Turkish lentil soup.
What lentils can I use?
You can use any lentils really and make a soup like this. The Turkish mostly use red lentils I think but also sometimes yellow lentils can be used. The important part is to wash the lentils till the water runs clear and also to skim off the scum when boiling.
You can also make this in a pressure cooked as most Indians use one at home. The amount of time is about 10 min (I think). I don’t think there is any issue of overcooking the lentils. I guess this is a recipe you can also build on in terms of flavour. It’s obviously not traditional. But you can use lamb stock, some fried bits of lamb for garnish etc. Have fun with it.
Nutrition Info (per serving)
- Calories: 139
- Protein: 7g
- Fat: 6g
- Carbs: 15g
- Fiber: 2g
This recipe makes 4 servings. Get this recipe on myfitnesspal.com. Now technically lentils are not Keto but the macros look like if you ate 2 more meals in a day of 5 carbs each you’d probably still be in Ketosis. Just saying!