Yesil Mercimek Çorbasi- Green Lentil Soup Recipe

Another recipe to come out of the recipe book from our cooking class in Istanbul with Turkish Flavours. The Turkish name for this recipe is Yesil Mercimek Çorbasi, or Green Lentil soup.  I don’t recall eating too many lentil dishes as a child but I’ve become fond of them as an adult. Lentils come in many colors- red, yellow-orange, green, and even black. I’ve played with the original ingredients since we like to infuse a spanish kick into our dishes to add some of our personality into them.

Green Lentil Soup

Green Lentil with Chorizo soup

I found the original didn’t have as many flavors as I would have liked. Simple, yet for me it lacked something. Creativity is your best friend in the kitchen as you can play with recipes and tweak them to your liking.By all means make it however you like! I also added a ton of garlic since garlic rules as far as we are concerned, some oregano & bay leaves-probably because I’ve always added those things to my spanish dishes.

Our video to show you exactly how we made the soup:

Green Lentil Soup with Chorizo
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. About 3 cups dried green lentils, soaked overnight
  2. 1 white onion
  3. 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  4. 2 tbsp flour
  5. About 4 cups hot water
  6. 1 tsp cumin
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. Black pepper to taste
  1. Fry the onion in oil over medium heat until translucent. Add the flour, stir for a minute or so. Slowly add the hot water so you get a thick mixture. Add the drained & rinsed lentils and season with the salt, cumin, & black pepper.
  2. Simmer on medium heat for about 30 minutes until the lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Adjust the seasonings and add more water if necessary.
  1. You can add the chorizo sausage, or remove it for a veggie recipe!
Adapted from Turkish Flavours
Adapted from Turkish Flavours
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You’ll notice that the recipe sticks to the original ingredients in case you want to have it just like it is, therefore keeping it authentic. The video shows you what we added. I’ve made this a few times living here in Turkey and you can change it up, for example:

– You can remove half of the lentils and smash them in a food processor to make the soup thicker

– Also, lightly frying the chorizo slices before you start cooking the onions gives them some color, you can remove them before you proceed. I’ve also put a piece of the chorizo in the food processor till it came out like ground beef and added it back to the soup.

– Carrots can also be added, as well as a pinch of sweet paprika. Delicious!

Let me know how you enjoy your lentil soup best, I’m always looking for new ideas.