A healthy, popular Turkish dish, suitable for vegetarians. Just cook red lentils and bulgur and shape them into patties, then serve. This kofte is usually eaten wrapped in a lettuce leaf and is an easy and filling recipe for families.
Preparation Time: 40 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Photo Source: © 2014 Suzanne Day
1 cup red lentils
1/2 cup fine bulgur
2 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 cups water
1 brown onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, finely diced
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp red pepper paste
1 tsp salt
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
Crushed hot chillies to taste (optional)
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/2 bunch spring onions, finely chopped
1 cos lettuce, leaves separated
1/2 lemon, cut into wedges for serving
Wash and boil red lentils in the water for 15-20 minutes or until soft. If more water is needed, add 1/4 cup at a time. Add the bulgur and salt, turn off heat and cover, allowing bulgur to absorb the remaining water.
Meanwhile, fry brown onion and garlic in olive oil until cooked. Add the onion, garlic and half the parsley to the kofte mixture and combine well. Add the other kofte ingredients and adjust seasoning to taste. The mixture should have the same consistency of mince meat.
Form into cylindrical shaped patties. Prepare salad; toss freshly washed cos lettuce leaves with spring onions and other half of parsley. Place kofte on salad to serve. Sprinkle on chilli flakes to taste, if required. Roll each kofte in a lettuce leave to eat.