Apr 23, 2009

Rustic Red Lentil Soup and My Ginger Paste

You will never have lentils any other way after you try this recipe. Trust me! This recipe is the top Turkish soup recipe, try it and you will find out why. This is a very filling dish so make some nice warm bread with some tea and relax to an amazing authentic bowl of Turkish lentils.

1 cup red lentils, washed, drained
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 tablespoons butter
3 cup water
1 chicken bouillon cube
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons parsley

1. In a 2-quart saucepan on medium heat, sauté onion with butter for 1 minute, add garlic sauté until golden. Add lentils and 1 cup water, stir. Put the lid on half way and cook for 5 minutes with a little bit under medium heat. The lentils will absorb the water quickly, so check often. Add chicken cubes, remaining water, tomato paste, cumin, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 more minutes with the lid half way on over medium heat. Sprinkle parsley, stir.

Yields: 4 servings

Adapted from Binnurs Turkish Cookbook

I love cooking with fresh ginger. But ginger goes bad so fast before you ever get a chance to use it all. So a great way to save some time and money is make a ginger paste and freeze it, all you have to do is pop it out when you need it and wow you have fresh already done ginger. You can also do this with herbs and garlic, I do.

Just chop your ginger up and add it into a food processor or blender with a bit of water, you want a smooth puree. Place the tray in a plastic freezer bag. When you need some for a recipe simply pop a piece out and there you go.

7 fabulous comments:

  1. haleysuzanneApr 22, 2009 08:41 PM

    I love this recipe for lentils. Cumin, tomatoes - I'm in heaven.

  2. Kitchen FlavoursApr 23, 2009 03:09 AM

    Wow lentil soup looks aromatic and yum.... I too store my gin-gar paste in air tight container and place it in fridge.

  3. Hello Noor

    this soup looks very interesting,
    I don't have many recipes for lentils, I must try this.

    thanks for sharing

  4. hearty soup,thanks for brilliant technique of storing the ginger:)

  5. Ok, I trust you... I have bookmarked the recipe :)

  6. I make this about two times a week, its so simple and amazingly delicious and filling. Thats all you need right?

  7. Fresh ginger keeps indefinitely (as far as I can tell) if you keep it in a jar full of Chinese cooking wine or sherry.


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