This is based on a Turkish soup called Mercimek Corba, which is a widely eaten dish in Turkey.
It is so simple with only a few ingredients, but is full of flavour and full of goodness.
A bag of red lentils is only 95p in Lidl and for this recipe and this soup only requires half a bag, so for a huge panful, this would cost you well under £1, I even double up the leftover soup and put it into sauces or casseroles and it works really well.
You will need…..
Half a packet of red lentils
1 onion finely chopped
2 stock cubes, chicken or veg
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chilli flakes
3 tsp dried or fresh mint.
I cup of passata
Fry the onions in a pan with the butter, when they are soft add the lentils and keep stirring for around a minute.
Add a pint of water and everything else, mix well and bring to the boil.
When it has been bubbling for about 5 minutes, turn down the heat to a gentle simmer and let it gently bubble for around an hour.
If the soup looks too thick add a little bit more water, but it should have a slightly thick consistency.
Crusty bread is an absolute must with this soup, and if you add butter to the bread it’s even better. Add more chilli to the soup if you like a good old kick or feel free to cut them out completely.