Cuisines define various cultures of the world and showcase the best that has to be offered by each. Something similar is also the case with red lentil soup, one of the popular items on Turkey’s food list. It is found in almost every menu card of restaurants dealing with intercontinental food. With time, the item has gained popularity in Europe and Middle Eastern countries and has surpassed the base nation’s borders.
Thus the upcoming content speaks in detail on it and about the art of making such a tasty item.
A brief history
As per the legends, the soup was originally not prepared by the Turks. Its mention was made in the Bible and further advocated by the popular Greek poet, Aristophanes. Therefore, the origin is not that clear to the people, and they expect this version to be a variant out of the one mentioned in the Bible. And currently, this version is the one that has been taken on a popular scale by the world.
Reasons to like it
The following are core reasons for liking the red lentil soup and taking up the attention that it deserves:
The soup gets prepared very quickly, and the overall duration of 30-40 minutes is well-segregated by the makers. The first 5-7 minutes include preparing the ingredients, the rest 5 minutes for frying or boiling the veggies, and the rest of the time for boiling the lentils and making the soup’s puree. Hence there is no point in getting confused during the making.
The soup is nutritious, fragrant, and rich, despite having a very simple cooking process. In other terms, this surpasses your desire to have outside food frequently and would make you fall in love with simple dishes.
The entire item is made out of ingredients that do not cost much, and thus you would be able to enjoy the nutritious choice at a reasonable price. Only the butter for topping might turn out to be a bit expensive, and that can be easily replaced by vegetable oil.
You would also be gaining the base properties of lentils, and there is no match to the nutritional value offered by these.
Hence, with all of such 101 reasons, the next focus comes to preparing the item.
The following are prime ingredients required to make up the red lentil soup:
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
200 g red lentils
Two garlic cloves
1 tbsp. tomato paste
½ chili pepper (optional)
1 tbsp. paprika (for serving)
20-30 g butter (for serving)
All of these ingredients would also require a blender to make the puree and bring out the necessary flavors for the item.
The preparation technique
Follow the given steps to prepare the tasty red lentil soup out of these ingredients:
Peel one of each onion, carrot, and potato. In Parallel, chop two peeled garlic cloves, cut one tomato into quarters, make them into halves, and slice the chili pepper into half to remove the seeds out of it.
Weigh 200g of red lentils and rinse them properly in a container for 10-15 seconds. Repeat the process for few cycles to remove all of the dirt out of these.
Take a saucepan of the capacity of more than 3 liters and heat it to a required temperature. Then add 2 tbsp. Of vegetable oil and fry the sliced onions until it becomes soft and golden color. Add garlic to stir, and then put down all of the other ingredients for gentle frying.
Pour 1.5 liters of water on the fried contents and put down the lid to allow the same to simmer for 20 minutes.
Pour salt and pepper into the simmer and then put it in a blender for making out the puree.
Finally, melt 20-30 g of butter on low heat and add 1 tbsp of paprika. Mix the contents and pour them on the puree.
Thus, the soup’s smell and fragrance are made up by this, and now the soup is ready for savoring.
On an ending note, red lentil soupis a must to try out and is sure to win the foodies’ hearts.