Mercimek Çorbası

Mercimek Çorbası is the most common soup in Turkey. You can find it almost everywhere!

Some restaurants put: “soup of the day” on the menu, but when you ask, it is often this lentil soup.

Lentils have been around for more than 10 000 years. You can find references to the lentil soup in ancient Greeks writings and even in the Bible!

The common Mercimek Çorbası is made of yellow or red lentils, onions, potatoes, carrot, and butter. Then you add water. I read that the amount of water is different in each house so the consistency of the soup may change. Other ingredients can be added, sometimes they add a roux. Every mother or grandmother has her own version of this soup!

Our kids didn’t know this soup before moving to Turkey but now they love it! It became our new comfort food and it’s healthy!
Mercimek Çorbası is often served with fresh bread.

There are two types of red lentil soup: this Mercimek and the Ezo Gelen.
The second one if richer, has more texture and contains more ingredients such as bulgur and rice.

A good sign of the inflation in Turkey over the past year: the price of this soup went from 6 TL to 9 TL in most restaurants on Yemeksepeti in the last 12 months.

Click here for a good Mercimek soup recipe.

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