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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Green Lentil with Zucchini and Garlic-Mint Sauce

(Mercimekli Kabak aka Eksili Kabak - İçel - Mediterranean Region)

Green Lentil with Zucchini and Mint
3/4 cup lentils, soak in water overnight, rinsed
4-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp crushed tomatoes, canned
1 tsp red pepper paste
2 cups warm chicken stock or beef stock or just water
2 medium sized zucchinis, diced

Garlic-Mint Sauce:
1-2 garlic cloves, mashed with salt
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp dry mint

Saute the onion with olive oil in a medium size pot. Then add the rest of the ingredients except zucchini. Cook for about 20-25 minutes at medium-low heat until the lentils are soften, stir occasionally. Add the zucchinis and cook for about 7-8 more minutes, until they are softened, try to retain a slight crunch:)

Meanwhile mix mashed garlic with lemon juice and mint. Add into the pot, stir and cover. Let stand for about 2-3 minutes and serve.

Makes 2 servings.



At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A different taste but I would consider mixing lentil with zucchini odd.

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello! what a nice combination : )hope to try one day, thanks

At 7:24 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sometimes you would be surprised with the deliciousness of the dish even though it sounds odd:)

At 4:47 AM, Blogger Petrichor said...

Thanks a lot for sharing the wonderful recipes, Binnur. Your blog introduced me to Turkish cuisine. I was looking for some healthy vegetarian dishes, and found what I needed here.

At 4:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi when u say crushed tomato,,u mean tomato paste?

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Both crushed tomatoes and tomato paste have a tomato flavor, but they are different in body and consistency:)

At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive never seen crushed tomotes..ive seen paste..whole..diced..puree. ..what is this product ..please clarify

At 7:20 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Then use the puree tomato, they are the same:) In some countries they call it puree and in others some call crushed tomato.

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok thank you..can i use just fresh ripe peeled tomatoes many would you recommend if so? thank you again

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I would say one medium finely diced tomato:)

At 2:48 PM, Blogger sablespeaks said...

Binnur hanım,

This was fantastic - the flavors are amazing. Even my kids loved it, and they normally will not eat anything with lentils - although they will try anything if I tell them it is Turkish :))

Thanks so much for posting your recipes - we have tried so many of them and loved them all!

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is so lovely:) Thank you very much:D


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