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Recipe: Ezogelin Çorbası or Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Ezogelin çorbası or "The soup of Ezo the bride" is a hearty soup made from red lentils and bulgur. 

Recipe:  Ezogelin Çorbası or Turkish Red Lentil Soup - shewandersshefinds.com
 Ezogelin çorbası

There is a story behind this soup.
Zöhre who was nicknamed Ezo, was a girl who lived, in the early 20th c,  in a village called Dokuzyol, which is in the province of Gaziantep near the Syrian border 


"Legend has it that Ezo, with her rosy cheeks and black hair, was admired by travelers along the caravan route who stopped to rest in her village. Many men longed for her hand in marriage and Ezo’s family hoped to secure a worthy match for their daughter.

Unfortunately, Ezo the bride (gelin), didn’t have much luck when it came to finding marital bliss. Her first husband was in love with another woman and she divorced him on grounds of maltreatment. Her second marriage took her to Syria where she became homesick for her village and had to deal with a difficult mother-in-law who couldn't be pleased. It is for her, the story goes, that Ezo created this soup. After bearing 9 children, poor Ezo died of tuberculosis in the 1950s and has since become a Turkish legend, depicted in popular films and lamented in folksongs. Her name lives on in this popular soup, which is now traditionally fed to brides to sustain them for the uncertain future that lies ahead." ~Dilek Barlow


 Recipe:  Ezogelin Çorbası or Turkish Red Lentil Soup - shewandersshefinds.com  Ezogelin çorbası
Ezogelin Çorbası or Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients

1/2 cup red lentils - washed and drained
1/4 cup bulgur (crushed wheat) You could use rice if you don't have bulgur- washed and drained
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 tablespoon flour
1/2 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons dried crushed mint

Red pepper flakes to taste, salt and pepper

Directions


Add the lentils and bulgur to a pot with 6 cups of water. Bring to the boil and lower the heat a bit. Let cook for 30 minutes. Then add the onions and salt, leave on stove for another 10 minutes.
Meantime, in a saucepan you saute the flour in the oil until golden brown. Then add tomato paste, mint and pepper and  pour mixture into soup.

Enjoy!

 Recipe:  Ezogelin Çorbası or Turkish Red Lentil Soup - shewandersshefinds.com  Ezogelin çorbası
Ezogelin Çorbası or Turkish Red Lentil Soup

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