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Winter warmer recipe!
A hearty soup, ideal for winter!
Ezo Gelin soup.
Ezo was a young, newly married bride from Gaziantep when she invented this delicious soup. This soup is very popular in Turkey and when you make it, you’ll see why!
Half a mug of red lentils
2 rounded English tablespoons of bulgur (cracked wheat- if you can’t find use brown rice or white rice)
4 mugs of good stock or plain water
2 rounded Eng tablespoons tomato puree or paste
Sweet red pepper/paprika
Hot red pepper
Hot red pepper flakes
Olive oil- about 2 Eng tablespoons
2 onions, grated
If nec sort through lentils and wash and drain. Wash and drain bulgur.
Note these are not huge mugs, they hold about 200+ mils.
Have the stock hot, I use plain hot water.
In a large saucepan heat the oil and gently stir the onions around in the oil for a few minutes, they don’t need to go really brown.
Add the lentils and bulgur (or rice) and stir around on a low heat.
At this point I add a 200 ml carton of shop bought tomato puree- it’s like tom juice! If you have nice home made tom paste you can add an Eng tablespoon, careful if it’s salty!
This is where the fun begins! It depends on how hot etc you like your soup! I put in a shake of salt, a shake of black pepper, a pinch of hot red pepper and a pinch of the hot red pepper flakes, perhaps a quarter of an Eng teaspoon of paprika and finally a rounded Eng teaspoon of dried mint.
Stir it all about on a low flame to let the spices mingle.
Now carefully add the 4 mugs of hot stock or water, stir well and bring to the boil.
I put a heat disperser on the lowest flame and let the soup simmer for half an hour. If using white or brown rice- check to see it’s all cooked properly.
Watch it doesn’t stick! Add a mug of hot water if you think it looks too thick but don’t overdo it! This soup is full of texture and is better on the thicker side! Some people prefer to puree it all up but I think it’s nice as is, that’s why it’s good to grate the onions- can be served straight away!
Serve with some lemon juice squeezed over and nice crusty bread or pide.
- Forum Leader - Turkey
Sounds delicious...will def give it a go!
- Forum Legend
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