Cook time= 15-20 minutes, plus 25-30 min.standing.

Level= Easy

Serve= up to 12

This red lentil kofte is very delicious and one of the most popular snack of Turkish cuisine. Red lentil kofte is a great party snack, appetizer or vegan starter idea. Red lentils have the most distinctive flavor and they are most easily cooked of all lentils. Enjoy it!

Lentils are a good source of iron and a great source of B vitamins, niacin vitamin B3, folate, potassium and vitamin C. Lentils are packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber. They also contain no cholesterol



2 Cup red lentils

1 Cup fine bulgur wheat

5 cup cold water

1 medium onion, finely chopped

small bunch of parsley, finely chopped

5 spring onions, finely chopped,optional

1 Cup olive oil

3 Gloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp tomato paste

1/2 tbsp red pepper paste

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp black pepper,ground

Sea salt to taste

1/4 tsp cumin, optional

1 tsp lemon juice, optional


1- Rinse the bulgur under running water, drain well and put the lentills in a saucepan . Pour 5 cup cold water over the lentils, bring to simmer and cook over a medium  heat until very tender.Remove from the heat and add the bulgur in the cooked lentil, cover and set aside for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture is cold and very thick.

2- Heat the olive oil in a medium  saucepan  over  the medium heat. Add the onion and fry add the minced garlic stirring often and add the tomato paste, red pepper paste, continue stirring for 1 minute and remove from the heat. Add the fried onion mixture into the lentil mixture and stir them until well combined, then re-cover the lentil mixture and set aside to cool.

3- Season the cooled lentil mixture with sea salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, Lemon juice(optional), add the parsley and using your hands to knead the mixture well.

4- Form it into balls (like the size of a walnut) or shape it into patties or your choice’s shape. Put them  on a serving plate and serve with lemon and lettuce.

Bon appetite!

Note: Turkish red pepper paste is a thick paste made from chilies and salt and Turkish red pepper paste has a really vibrant flavour,  it available from Middle Eastern stores or Turkish grocery stores.

Prepare all ingredients.










Place the chopped onion and olive oil in a saucepan and fry it then add the garlic, cook them.










Add the tomato paste, pepper paste.










Boil the red lentil and cook it then add the fine bulgur, mix them and let it cool.










Combine the cooked onion and the mixed red lentil.








Add the chopped parsley.










Shape the mixed red lentil into patties or shape of your choice.



19 Comments Add yours

  1. Aquileana says:

    Great recipe!. Thanks for shairng!~ Best wishes to you!~ Aquileana 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for kind comment, Have a great week,Aquileana! 🙂

  2. This sounds yummy, going to try this recipe and since I live in Turkish-Cyprus, all the ingredients are readily available.

    1. Thank you for the visit and taking the time to comment! It’s really yummy, I hope you do try to make them, let me know how you go if you do try this. Have a wonderful week, The Crazy Crone! 🙂

    1. Teşekkür ederim! Thank you so much for comment! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Elaine! Have a great week! 🙂

  3. skd says:

    They look so pretty. Just like little gift packs☺👍

    1. Thanks so much for lovely words! Have a great day! 🙂

  4. simply damn delicious and comforting dish!!!

  5. Thanks a lot for very nice comment! Have a wonderful day, Dedy oktavianus pardede! 🙂

  6. Reblogged this on Save That Recipe and commented:
    An amazing lentil concoction… must save!

  7. The cubes look really sophisticated and chic!

  8. marjma2014 says:

    These look very cute and Moorish.

    1. Thank you Marjma 2014!!! Have a great week! 🙂

  9. ilia43 says:

    Wow! That’s definitely worth trying. Thanx for posting!

    1. Thank you very much! Please let me know the result, if you could try it. Have a great day! 🙂

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