Orange Lentil Patties

  • Yield : 8
  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 55m
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Mercimekli Kofte is a delicious and healthy vegetarian recipe that you can serve as an appetizer. They are eaten with lettuce and a squeeze of lemon juice like Çiğköfte.


  • 2 cup red lentils
  • 4,5 cups water
  • 1 cup Turkish bulgur (small grain, washed and dried)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp red pepper paste (if you cannot find red pepper paste you can use 2 tbsp tomato paste)
  • ½ bunch parsley, finely choped
  • ½ bunch green onion, finely choped
  • 1 tsp red pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Curly leaf lettuce


Step 1

Cook the red lentils with water at low heat.

Step 2

Make sure that lentils are soft. When there is a small amount of water left, add the bulgur.

Step 3

Turn the heat off and close the lid.

Step 4

Leave for at least 10 minutes to make bulgur absorb all the water and expand.

Step 5

In another medium size pot, saute the onion with olive oil.

Step 6

And then stir in tomato and red pepper paste. Saute for 2 minutes and add salt and all spices.

Step 7

Transfer to the pot with bulgur and red lentils.

Step 8

Add lemon juice and mix all of them. If it is cooled enough stir in green onions and parsley. Mix all well.

Step 9

Take walnut size pieces and give them kofte shape in your hands

Step 10

Keep a little bowl of water close by to wet your hand frequently during this process since the kofte mixture will get stuck on your hands.

Step 11

Serve them on a wide serving tray with lettuce leaves by the side to wrap.

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