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Mercimek koftesi - Red Lentil Snack

Mercimek koftesi - Red Lentil Snack step-by-step recipe |
"Incredible Turkish appetizer which is actually vegan! A little spicy, a little sour, and absolutely delicious! Surprise your guests!"

Ingredients Serves 6

  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 7 sprigs green onion
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1 cup fine bulgur
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp red pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 5 lettuce leave for garnish


  1. Peel and finely cut the onion. Chop up the parsley and green onion. Squeeze the juice out of 1/2 lemon.

    Mercimek koftesi - Red Lentil Snack
  2. Wash the lentils thoroughly until the water is transparent. Place into pan, pour 4 cups of water and bring to a boil on high heat.

    Mercimek koftesi - Red Lentil Snack
  3. Then reduce heat to simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes.

    Mercimek koftesi - Red Lentil Snack
  4. Add the bulgur, stir well, cover with a lid and cook for additional 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the pan covered to let the bulgur expand for 15 minutes. Check the lentil-bulgur paste - it should be quite thick. If it's not, heat it up over the minimum heat and allow the excessive liquid to evaporate, keep stiring.

    Mercimek koftesi - Red Lentil Snack
  5. In a frying pan heat up the oil over medium heat, saute the onion for 3 minutes, then add the tomato paste and cook for further 5 minutes, stiring frequently.

    Mercimek koftesi - Red Lentil Snack
  6. Combine the lentil paste with tomato-onion mix, add the salt, cumin, red pepper and toss to mix. Add the chopped green onion and parsley, mix all well.

    Mercimek koftesi - Red Lentil Snack
  7. Take one tablespoon paste and shape it into oblong rounded shape. You will get about 35-40 pieces. Serve them on a layer of lettuce leaves, sprinkle with the lemon juice and garnish with the lemon slices.

    Mercimek koftesi - Red Lentil Snack

Author: vegelicacy

Posted on: 27 January 2014

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Diet type: vegan
Category: appetizer
Difficulty: easy
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Filifionka 2 March 2014
Can I use couscous or rice instead of bulgur ? Can't find it so far...and the snack looks delicious !

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vegelicacy 5 March 2014
Absolutely, try it with couscous the same way. As for the rice, I would suggest to take less water (about 3 cups) for cooking lentils, and when it's done, add pre-cooked rice.

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Filifionka 20 March 2014
Thank you very much, I'm gonna try it for sure and share the effect soon :)

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