One of the best Turkish dishes I've ever tried is this vegetarian lentil soup which is absolutely heaven! The highlight is the paprika oil that really takes it to another level!
I remember how I used to have it in Turkish food joints in Romania while I was a student and didn't have too much money. It was pretty cheap and always kept me full for a couple of hours.
This soup is super nurturing and healthy, as it is packed with a lot of protein and fiber due to the lentils and veggies. It is a perfect appetizer or why not even a main dish.
Have you ever tried this soup?
In a pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the onion. Allow to cook 3 minutes until slightly softened. Add the potato, carrot, tomato and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste and mix well, then add the coarse paprika, salt and pepper and mix well. Add the washed lentils, add 500ml-1L of water (it really depends on your taste, if you want it thicker or soupier). Let it boil on low heat for about 15-20 minutes until the lentils are cooked.
With a vertical mixer blend everything together until nice and creamy.
In a small pan, add the 2 remaining tablespoons of olive oil and let it heat. Add the remaining teaspoon of coarse paprika, mix well, let it splutter 5-10 seconds then turn off the heat. Serve the oil hot on top of the soup.
You can also serve the soup with lemon wedges and some parsley. Enjoy!