Almost Turkish Recipes

Green Lentil Soup with Rice (Pirinçli Yeşil Mercimek Çorbası)

Fall is here and I'm as excited about the turning leaves as I am about making soups again. As most of the Turkish green lentil soups, Green Lentil Soup with Rice is also a Central/Eastern Anatolia specialty. It is very simple, yet really delicious one, particularly with a crusty bread.

1 cup green lentils
1/4 cup rice
1 onion, finely chopped
6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2 tbsp red pepper or tomato paste
2 tbsp olive oil
black pepper

-Boil 1 cup lentils with 3 cups of water until cooked but firm. Rinse.
-Saute onion in a pot with olive oil until soft.
-Add pepper or tomato paste and stir for another minute. (If you cannot find red pepper paste at Middle Eastern stores, you can spice up your soup by adding 1 tsp of spicy Thai roasted pepper or any Asian pepper paste to tomato paste)
-Add vegetable or beef stock, green lentils, rice, pepper, and salt, and cook on medium to low until rice is cooked.
-Sprinkle dill before you serve.


  1. If only you had posted this 20 minutes ago when I was looking for a recipe with lentils to make for dinner. Lovely soup.

  2. Yummy soup... will give it a try next week!

  3. I love lentil soup: thanks for the nice recipe.

  4. Anonymous9:20 AM

    This looks very lovely, and hearty for winter dinners!

  5. Anonymous6:42 AM

    i made this soup the other night with chicken stock and it was great, can you tell me why we need to rinse the lentils?

  6. Hilly, we always rinse the water that we cook dry legumes because it get really dark and we don't want that in the real dish.

  7. Now here's a soup I know I'd enjoy.

  8. Anonymous4:19 PM

    This recipe was great. I used beef stock and the soup was delicious, thanks!

  9. Hi we ususally add savory or thyme to the lentils soup and of course whole cloves of garlic :)

  10. Thank you for the recipe. My mom would make it with rice noodles instead of rice and instead of dill she'd use dried mint. But I think I'll give this version a whirl. :)

  11. Great, filling soup with a really wonderful flavor. I like the addition of rice. Simple recipe definitely worth a try.

  12. Love this recipe. Simple, delicious and nutritious. I come back to it all the time. Thank you.