Ezo Gelin Corbasi - Comfort Soup

by - 9:22 PM

In one of my recent Dolmen Mall (Clifton, Karachi) visits when I tried Ezo Gelin from a Turkish food franchise I fell in love with it. It's a famous Turkish soup made of red lentils and bulgur.

Ezo Gelin Corbasi has a sad, but interesting story behind it. Also known as bride soup and in some places daughter-in-law soup. Ezo was a real person who lived in the south eastern part of Turkey, close to Syrian border, in early 20th century. She had two miserable marriages and died in Syria, homesick. There are films based on her hard, unfortunate life. Apparently, in her second marriage, she created this soup especially to cheer up her mean mother-in-law but it didn't work out for her.

Coming back to the present, the soup is a winner for me. Ideal for weight watchers as its filling as well as healthy.

Ingredients:

-2 cups Red Lentils (soaked beforehand)
-1 cup Bulgur (Soaked beforehand, it's cracked wheat, also known as Gundumm in urdu) In some cases you can use 1/2 cup bulgur and 1/2 cup rice as well.
- 1 big onion
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 cubes Knorr chicken cubes (or 2 cups chicken stock)
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- Salt to taste
- crushed red pepper to taste
- dried mind leaves for garnishing
- 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1.5 litres water

Directions:

Peel and Chop onion. Heat Olive oil in a skillet and add the chopped onions.









Cook onions untill glassy and then add the cumin seeds and cook a minute longer while stirring.








Add the tomato paste and cook for 5 more minutes before adding water. Bring water to boil and then add two Knorr chicken cubes. Drain the pre-soaked red lentils and bulgur, add to the skillet. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes then cover the skillet, lower the heat and let the soup cook further for 45 minutes to an hour. Check occasionally to make sure water doesn't dry out.






After the soup is almost done add salt and crushed red pepper. Cook for 5 more minutes and then turn off heat. Add dried mint leaves and stir.

Serve hot with sliced lemons and enjoy!

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  1. This is one yummy post Maliha! Definitely going to try it someday. :)

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  2. Ohhh seems yum! Since i havent tasted it before, can you explain what the texture should be like? So i know when its all done :)

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    1. Texture should be slightly thicker than the Masoor Daal we eat with Plain rice. You can also keep the texture according to your preference. I prefer mine more soupy, some may prefer it much thicker :)

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