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Mercimek Köftesi (Red lentil balls)

for those of you who want to enjoy a vegetarian meatball .. This one you should try ... red lentils (meat) balls. It's also a favorite here in Turkey. You can eat it beside börek (pastry) or other favorite pide. Check out the recipe and will definitely become your favorite too.

Mercimek Köftesi (Red lentil balls) | Çitra's Home Diary. #vegetarian #turkishfoodrecipe #vegankofta #veganrecipe #lentilkofta

makes 25 ~ 30 balls

 1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
 1 cup fine bulgur
 1 medium onion, finely chopped
 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
 ½ tbsp tomato paste
 1 tablespoon chili paste
 1 tsp pepper powder
 2 tsp ground cumin
 2 ~ 3 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
 ½ tbsp chilli flakes
 100 ml olive oil
 5 ~ 6 gr green onion , finely chopped
 ½ bunch (± 20 stalks) leaf parsley, finely chopped
 aragula leaf salad or to taste

Mercimek Köftesi (Red lentil balls) | Çitra's Home Diary. #vegetarian #turkishfoodrecipe #vegankofta #veganrecipe #lentilkofta
How to make:
1) Cook lentils with 2 cups of water to boil over medium heat. Once it's boiling, reduce heat and continue cooking until lentils tender (always check if it's looks less water, add ¼ ~ ½ cup only, you don't want your meatball too wet later). After the lentils soft,turn off the heat. Put in fine bulgur, stir and cover the pan. 
Let stand ±  30 minutes.
2) Meanwhile, heat olive oil, saute onion and garlic until fragrant. mix in tomato paste, chili paste and chili flakes. Stir a few minutes, then turn off the heat.
3) Put into lentils and bulgur mixture and stir well. Add pepper powder, cuminpowder, and salt. Taste it. Then mix in parsley and green onion, stir well. Oval shape with the palm of your hand.
4) Serve with lettuce or aragula and pickles.



  1. They look very yummy! I like red lentils so much!

  2. red lentils give such great color to this dish! thanks for the recipe Citra. hope your pregnancy is going well! have a great weekend :)

  3. Looks perfectly golden brown,,YUM-YUM :) I sould try this recipe sometime for my vegetarian friend !!

  4. Citra,

    Wow! It has been ages since I've been here. Really miss reading ur blog. how are u?? I'm gonna try this recipe soon :D

  5. lovely dish, do you cook the burgul as well?

  6. delicious to snack looks wonderful

  7. This looks super! we have a version as well but it's deep fried after shaping it into a ball. This sounds a lo healthier.
    How have you been, Citra? Are you a mummy yet?


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