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Turkish Red Lentil Soup

30 min


One-bowl / one-pot

10 ingredients or less


This protein-packed soup requires little supervision, takes only a few minutes to prep, and simmers away on the stove by itself until it's ready to be enjoyed! We aways like to make a huge pot, and store batches in the freezer to enjoy later on.



30 min


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25 min

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  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    medium onion, diced
  • 4 cups (960 mL)
  • 1 cup (192 g)
    dry red lentils, rinsed
  • 1
    medium potato, diced into 1 cm cubes
  • 1½ Tbsp (10 g)
    paprika powder
  • 2 tsp (5 g)
    onion powder
  • 2 tsp (6 g)
    garlic powder
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
  • 1 tsp (6 g)
  • ¼ tsp (1 g)
    ground black pepper

Optional Garnish

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  1. To a large pot on medium-high heat, add the oil. When hot, sauté the onions until lightly brown in about 3 - 4 minutes.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Partially cover with a lid a cook for 15 minutes, or until the lentils and potato are cooked through.
  3. Taste test, add more salt and pepper to taste, and add more water depending on how you like the consistency of your soup. Garnish, and enjoy!


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Manuela - Sept. 7, 2021, 8:52 p.m.

AMAZING. I just came back home and got a taste of the soup I made in the afternoon and I'm pleasantly surprised it came out THIS GOOD. I was running so I just left it in the counter to chill while I went out for 2-3hours without even trying it. I don't know why I had this feeling it was going to be bland. It's DELICIOUS and VERY filling. I did add a quarter of a red pepper that was going to go bad and a leaf of leak that was about the meet the same fate. I also accidentally let it dry a bit too much (while I was running around) but it's still great. Thick like a pure and lovely. Thank you!

PUL Team - Sept. 8, 2021, 4:02 a.m.

Aw we appreciate the glowing review so much, Manuela! So glad the soup was enjoyed 😃

Magdalena - July 26, 2021, 10:23 a.m.

I have to admit that the new photo convinced me to make this soup.
And Im so glad I did it! It's so simple and quick to make and so warming and comforting.

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 3:02 a.m.

We're so glad you enjoyed the soup, Magdalena, thank you for the review ☺️

Stephanie - July 24, 2021, 6:32 p.m.

This is my go to when I don’t feel like cooking. It’s quick, delicious, and hearty.

Dana - July 17, 2021, 11:03 p.m.

This is one of my faves. It's so easy to do and tasty! Also it freezes very well. My favorite topping is sauteed onions and hot sauce.

Jule - July 15, 2021, 10:14 a.m.

I tried this when there basically was nothing left in the fridge and I couldn't be bothered to go shopping before having dinner. This is really comforting, smooth and delicious! It would have been better had I had some joghurt to top it off with... But I still had the leaves of some beet roots (which you can use similarly to mangold leaves) that I chopped and added 5 minutes before serving. I recommend some chopped nuts on top if you miss a crunch factor. Will defenitely make this again.

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 1:46 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Jule, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share 🤩

Sanjana - June 22, 2021, 8:27 p.m.

I made this and it was the best! I had a small pan though and messed up the ratio of lentils and water so it got a bit thick, which was no problem, it tasted amazing. I also added 4 grams of chilli powder. Surprised how easy and delicious this is!

PUL Team - June 24, 2021, 5:57 a.m.

Thank you for the review, Sanjana, and so glad you enjoyed the soup!

Zulma - June 4, 2021, 8:33 a.m.

I tried this yesterday today and it was super delicious! It's a very simple recipe and I happened to have these ingredients on hand except for the potato (which I substituted with carrot).

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 8:54 p.m.

A lovely substitution, Zulma! So glad you enjoyed the soup 🤗

Isaiah Buckingham - June 1, 2021, 5:51 a.m.

I just tried this recipe for the first time and I love it! Thank you for this! I can’t wait to try more PUL recipes!

PUL Team - June 4, 2021, 3:32 p.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Isaiah 😃 Happy cooking!

Mahdokht - May 19, 2021, 2:40 a.m.

So delicious and easy to cook! Thanks, Sadia!🤗

Meg - April 16, 2021, 1:38 p.m.

This soup tasted so good that my mum asked for more even though she was full XD
Love ur vids by the way ;)

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 1:54 a.m.

We're so glad you and your mum enjoyed the soup! Thank you, Meg 🤗