Turkish Lentil Balls ( Mercimek Köftesi )


Hello dear friends ! Today as a Turkish foods family,  we will share a delicious lentil balls recipe for you . One of the indispensable parts of Turkish cuisine, lentil balls are one of the foods that everyone loves. It is one of the most preferred foods in Turkey for special occasions and meetings with friends. This dish, which creates a visual feast on your tables with its appearance, will also attract you. Lentil balls, which are loved by everyone, will impress you with its magnificent taste. It can be consumed as one of the most beautiful salads to accompany the desserts, pastries and cakes you prepare for special occasions. It is very easy to make. Boil the lentils and bulgur, and add roasted onion, oil and tomato paste. Then, various spices such as red pepper, black pepper, cumin are added and mixed. And it is formed into meatballs.

Turkish Lentil Balls ( Mercimek köftesi )

Şerife Şakrak
Delicious recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Turkish Cuisine
Servings 15 person
Calories 62.7 kcal


  • Pot
  • Pan
  • bowl
  • Knife
  • Spoon


  • 2 glasses of lentil
  • 4 glasses of boiled water
  • 1.5 glasses of five bulgur
  • 1 glass of oil
  • 2 onions
  • 2 spoon tomato paste
  • 2 spoon pepper paste
  • 2 lemon juice
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • ground red pepper
  • cumin
  • 5 scallion
  • parsley


  • Firstly , put the lentil in a pot and add 4 glasses of boiled water and boil it
  • Add the bulgur and stir them and close the lid of the pot , wait it 30 minutes
  • Put oil in a pan and chop the onions and add on the oil and brown them
  • Add tomato paste and pepper paste in the pan and brown them
  • Pour the boiled lentil and bulgur in a bowl and tomato paste mixture and stir them well
  • Add 2 lemon juice and spices and stir again
  • Chop the scallion and parsley and add them in the mixture and knead them well
  • Shape them into meatballs
  • Put the lettuce in a plate and put the lentil balls on it , you can decorate with lemon slice


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The most important trick of this recipe is to add a lot of cumin. Because the more cumin, the better the recipe. There are many ways to decorate it. You can place the lettuce on a plate and line the lentil patties on it. You can decorate it with lemon slices. Or you can peel the tomato peels and give the shape of a flower from the tomato peels . We are sure that this delicious recipe will be one of your favorite recipes both with its appearance and taste. As a Turkish foods family , we definitely recommend you to try this delicious recipe we prepared for you. Do not forget to write your thoughts in the comment section after you try it.

Bon Appetit !


Şerife Şakrak

Hello friends ! I am şerife . I am 21 years old . I am a university student . My department is translation and interpreting.

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