1. TURKISH CUISINETurkish Soups with Recipe’sMercimek ÇorbasıRed Lentil SoupIngredients:2 c red lentils1 potato1 onion1 T flourSalt, dry mint, red pepper4-5 T oilGo through lentils to remove stones etc. and wash. Grate potato, and dice onion finely. Saute onionin a pot in 2T oil until transparent, then add the flour. Once the flour has browned a bit, add 9-10 cwater. Add lentils, salt and potato and cook till the lentils are soft and falling apart, then eitherpass through a large strainer or puree with a blender. Heat 3 T oil or butter in a small frying pan,add mint and red pepper, sauté a minute or so and add to soup. Serve hot.Yayla ÇorbasıRice and Yogurt SoupIngredients:½ c rice2 T flour1 egg1 ½ c yogurt3-4 T vegetable oilSalt, dry mintWash rice and simmer in 10 c of water. Whisk together yogurt, egg and flour and cook in anothersaucepan on low heat, stirring constantly. Add, beating with a whisk, to the boiling rice. Add saltand allow to simmer together a few minutes. Sauté the mint in the oil for a minute and use as agarnish when serving.Ezo Gelin ÇorbasıRed Lentil and Bulgur SoupIngredients:2 c red lentils1 onion, minced½ c fine bulgur½ c rice2 T tomato pasteSalt, dry mint, red flake pepper4-5 T vegetable oilGo through lentils to remove stones and other foreign objects, rinse well. Saute onions in the oil tilltransparent, add tomato paste and sauté a bit more. Add lentils, bulgur, rice, salt, mint and pepperand cook for 10 minutes in a pressure cooker or around 40 minutes in a regular pot, till lentils arefalling apart. Serve hot with lemon juice.