Turkish Ezogelin Soup (Red Lentil Soup)

Healthy and delicious Ezogelin soup is best as an appetizer. It is a common soup in Turkish cuisine. Flavored with lentil, bulgur and red pepper. Ezogelin is a nice appealing soup with a story behind it. We wrote the summary of that story in the last in this article. For now, let’s more toward the recipe for Ezogelin soup.

Ingredients for Turkish Ezogelin Soup Recipe

1½ cups red lentils
 1½ cups finely crushed bulgur (not whole grains)
 1 finely chopped onion
 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
 2 tablespoons tomato paste
 2 tsp red pepper, not resistant grade (paprika goes well)
 ½ tsp strong red pepper
 2 teaspoons mint
 Salt to taste
 6–7 glasses of water (depending on how creamy you want it to be)


1. Fry the finely chopped onions in margarine until it becomes a little soft (do not burn it, it gives a pungent taste)
 2. Place the lentil, bulgur, tomato paste, salt, and add water to cook the lentil.
 3. Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the strong red pepper and mint.
 4. Mix soup well to make it smoother! Serve with lemon!
 5. Your tasty, homemade Turkish Ezogelin Soup is ready to taste. Have a nice meal!

Watch the YouTube video below to see the Ezogelin recipe

The Story Behind the Ezogelin Soup

The Turkish name of the soup is Ezogelin, which means “bride Ezo”. Strange name for a soup, one can think, but it is a more or less true story behind it. A story of unrequited love.
 Ezo was a beautiful woman who lived in southeastern Turkey in the early 1900s. The rumors of her beauty were spread to distant lands. The men stayed in the village just to get a glimpse of her beauty. Ezo was married to a man her family picked out for her, but it was not a happy marriage. The man was in love with another woman, and Ezo separated eventually from him and moved with her family again.

A few years later, she married again, with his cousin in Syria. This time, she was not happy. She was homesick for his native village, and she did not get along with her mother in law.
 Ezo died 46 years old in TB. She became a Turkish legend, and has made films and wrote songs about her. In the last days of her life, she was in hospital due to TB. She did not like hospital food. So, she made her own soup in the hospital and fragrance of her soup spread all over the hospital. People liked her recipe and gave her name to the recipe as Ezogeling Soup.

Today, people of Turkey give brides this soup to eat before the wedding, to bring luck in the future and in marriage.
 Is not it absolutely amazing with a story behind the dish? Ezogelin has Compelling story and is a good hearty soup.
 Please give us your feedback regarding your taste experience with Turkish Ezogelin Soup. Write your comments in the comment section below.

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