Spicy Red Lentil Soup

This Turkish red lentil soup recipe is healthy and comforting during autumn and winter. It's also nutritious.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Turkey
Keyword: Red Lentil
Servings: 4
Calories: 172kcal


  • 1 cup red lentils (approx 150g)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large potato, scrubbed and rougly chopped
  • 1 large tomato, roughly chopped (or 1 400g tin)
  • 1 dessert spoonful chilli flakes
  • pinch of cumin
  • salt to season
  • pepper to season

For The Garnish

  • 1 lemon wedge
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp dried mint


  • In a large pan, heat a glug of olive oil.
  • Add the potato and onion and keep stirring for a few minutes over a low to medium heat.
  • Now add your lentils and mix together.
  • Add your chopped tomato, chilli and cumin and stir.
  • Now add two mugfuls of hot water or stock, salt and pepper and stir everything together.
  • Bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for around 20 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and give your red lentil soup a stir.
  • Add more water or stock if necessary.
  • Simmer for a further 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and mash or blend your red lentil soup.
  • Ladle your soup into serving bowls and sprinkle your chilli flakes and dried mint over the top.
  • Squeeze the juice of the lemon wedge into your soup.
  • Enjoy the soup.


The soup garnish is optional but it is very common in Turkey to add lemon, mint and chillies to red lentil soup.

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