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Mercimek Köftesi (Red Lentil Kofte)


This well loved Turkish dish is really healthy and delicious. A very easy vegetarian recipe, you just combine cooked red lentils and bulgur, onion, spices and seasoning and shape into kofte. Perfect for entertaining a crowd.




2 cups red lentils

2½ cups water

1 cup bulgur (cracked wheat)

1onion, finely diced

2 garlic cloves finely diced

1 bunch parsley, finely chopped

1 tsp sweet paprika

1 tbsp tomato paste

Handful of finely sliced spring onion

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp salt

½ lemon, juiced

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp Olive oil

1 cos lettuce, leaves separated



Boil the red lentils in the water for 15-20 minutes or until soft and remove from heat. Add the bulgur and cover, allowing it to absorb the remaining water.


Add the onion, spring onion, garlic and parsley and mix through well. Add the other ingredients and adjust seasoning to taste.


Form into cigar-shaped kofte and place on freshly washed cos lettuce leaves to serve. The kofte can be rolled into the leaves and eaten as a parcel.

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