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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lentil-Bulgur-Spinach Soup

(Ispanakli Bulgur Corbasi)

Lentil-Bulgur-Spinach Soup
1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed
1/2 cup Turkish bulgur, small-grain, rinsed
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 tbsp crushed tomatoes, canned
1 tsp red pepper paste
1 tsp red pepper paste, hot
4 cups chicken stock or water
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp dry mint
2 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped

Saute the onion with olive oil and butter for a few minutes. Add the garlic and when the smell comes out, add the lentil, bulgur, crushed tomato, red pepper pastes, chicken stock, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook at medium-low heat.

When the lentils and bulgur are cooked, stir in the fresh spinach and mint. Cook just for a minute or so, allowing the spinach to wilt in the soup.

Serve this delicious soup with lemon wedges and pide slices.

3-4 servings.



At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow this looks delicious thank you xx

At 1:20 PM, Blogger IM Qalandar said...

I just discovered this wonderfully delightful site sent by a Turkish friend I am happy and I thank you for doing this.

At 2:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks good. thanks a

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I type I'm enjoying this çorba now! My friend made it with bulgur, chickpeas, yellow lentils and barley. She omitted the tomatoes, red pepper paste, butter and cumin. She added lemon juice for the right amount of sour. It is absolutely divine! I live in Kahramanmaras in south eastern Turkey and the soups from the local region are different from the ones found in Istanbul. So delicious! Check the internet for Kahramanmaras tarhana for those who want to eat it as a snack or make soup. I think they are mail ordering from here.

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The soup was great.. exact ingredients and I just loved the cumin.

At 12:55 PM, Blogger A CArlson said...


I have been using your site for weeks, and it seems time and time again your recipes are spot on and always have delicious outcomes. I have tried recipes from other site in the past, but it was difficult because they often used ingredients that were hard to find or difficult to prepare.

I love that I, like many others, can now prepare Turkish foods for my husband (a treat he usually only got once a year when his mother visited from Istanbul).

Thank you so much!!

At 12:04 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


This is so tasty for the chilly fall days here. Is it normal for the ingredients to soak up most of the remaining water while left on the range to cool (heat off).


At 10:06 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

HI Jason,
Yes, it is normal. When you heat it up you should add a little bit of water and season with salt and pepper.

At 1:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just made this corba today and everyone from the 3 yr old to the 80 yr old in the family loved it. This will be a recipe that I will use time and time again. Cok teskur ederim.


At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello!! Made the soup today and it turned out really amazing. Thanks a lot for the lovley website :-)

At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you mean tomato paste, or just crushed tomatoes? The soup looks very red, and that doesn't seem like a lot of tomato. Just wanted to double check before I tried your soup-which looks delicious!

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I used crushed tomatoes. The red colour comes mostly from the red pepper paste:)

At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Nika said...

I like a lot your web-site. My husband is Iranian and he likes when I cook some of your recipes. Could you tell me please where can I find or how can I make red pepper paste.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Nika,
I've already posted the recipe under the Appetizers section, here;
You can find red pepper paste in Turkish or Mediterranean stores if you have any your area. You can shop from or which is online Turkish grocery store:)

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Yamina said...

Great recipe, thank you, Binnur :)


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