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Monday, November 06, 2006

Green Lentil Dish

(Yesil Mercimek Yemegi)

Green Lentil Dish
3/4 cup lentils, soak in water overnight, washed and drained
1 onion, finely chopped
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp cumin
3 tbsp crushed tomatoes, canned
1 tbsp orzo, optional
2 cups warm chicken stock or beef stock or just water

Saute the onion with olive oil for about 3-4 minutes. Add the lentils and saute for another 4-5 minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook for about 20-25 minutes at medium-low heat until the lentils are soften, stir occasionally.

Makes 2-3 servings.

Meal Ideas:
- Celery Root with Olive Oil and Sultan's Jello.

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8 Comments:

At 9:29 PM, Anonymous sevda said...

Hi I love your site! My parents come from Macedonia, and our cuisine is very much influenced by the Turkish. Needless to say, all very tasty stuff. We are very familiar with many of your recipes, my family loves when I invite them for my taste-tests. The chicken stock was different, but good :) (We usually use water) We use garlic too. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Fatma said...

Merhaba,
Sayfanıza ve amacınıza bayıldım..Muhteşem turk yemeklerimizi dünyaya tanıtmanız, buna zamanınızı vermeniz gerçekten çok hoş..Aslında yorumu ingilizce yazıcaktım ancak Turkiye'den yazdığım için böyle kalsın istedim:)
Sevgiler

 
At 4:19 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Fatma,
Cok cok tesekkur ederim guzel sozlerin icin. Dunyanin, muhtesem Turk Mutfagimizi nasil tanimadigini anlamak cok zor. Hele saglikli beslenmenin bu kadar on plana ciktigi son yillarda. En lezzetli, saglikli ve cesidi bol mutfagimizin tanitilmasina katkida bulunmak beni cok mutlu diyor:)

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sevda,
I'm glad you like my site:) I know we have so many dishes that we
share. It is nice to know that you cook these for your family:)
I don't use garlic but next time I will definitely try it because we
love garlic:)
Cheers,

 
At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a wonderful site i love it. dont have to call my family and ask them all the how to cook certain things. tesekkurler

 
At 5:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do I always have to soak green lentils before cooking? I didnt get use to soaking lentils because I always cook only the red ones.

 
At 8:30 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi,
Green lentils need to be soaked, rinsed then cooked. Red lentils don't need to be soaked or boiled before cooking. If you boil the green lentils instead of soaking, they lose their nutrition:)

 
At 8:30 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi,
Green lentils need to be soaked, rinsed then cooked. Red lentils don't need to be soaked or boiled before cooking. If you boil the green lentils instead of soaking, they lose their nutrition:)

 

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