Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lentil Balls

Today's recipe is an appetizer consumed usually during the afternoon tea in Turkey. There are also different variations in Indian cuisine.

Note: This recipe is for 5-6 people 


  • 2 cups of red lentil
  • 1 cup of Bulgar wheat
  • 1 tablespoon tomato/red pepper paste (I used both)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon butter or vegetable/canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon red flare pepper
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • Parsley
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 green onions 


Take a pot and put lentils in it, add water and boil them on medium heat. After they boil, lower the heat. After lentils absorb almost all water add Bulgar wheat, turn off the heat, close the lid and wait about 15 minutes, until they are combined.

In the mean time chop onions in small pieces, take a pan, put butter or oil on it and add onions. Roast them until they cooked well, add tomato/red pepper paste and cook couple of minutes more. 

Take a large bowl put lentil and wheat mixture in it, add onion mixture and smash it with your hand. Be careful it will be very hot. After all the mixture become red, add salt, pepper and cumin and knead. Lastly add chopped parsley and green onion and knead one more time (I did not add green onion, cause I did not have, but it will taste better if you add).

Give them and oval shape with your hand.

You can serve them with lemon and lettuce. Enjoy!

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