Ingredients

How to make it

  • 1. Wash the lentils in a large bowl until water runs clear. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add lentils, and simmer until soft (but not overly mushy), about 15 minutes while stirring occasionally. Mix in bulgur; turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let it rest until the residual liquid is absorbed by the bulgur, about 15 minutes or longer.
  • 2. While the lentils cook, bring a skillet to medium heat and with olive oil and saute diced onions until tender and translucent, about 8-10 minutes. Add in tomato paste; red pepper paste stir and turn off heat.
  • 3. Use the resting time of the lentils mixture and onions cooking to chop scallions and parsley.
  • 4. Once the lentils and bulgur are cooked, it should be moderately moist and not completely dry, like cookie dough. Add salt, onions, paprika, cumin,fresh onions, lemon juice ,pomegranade molasses and most of the parsley and scallions ,fresh mints into the mixture and stir to combine.
  • 5. At this point, the lentil and bulgur mixture should resemble thick cookie dough when stirred. If it still seems too damp, add more bulgur and let the mixture rest longer. The bulgur should no longer be hard, but soft and melded in to the mix.
  • 6. when the lentil-and-grain mixture is cool enough to handle, use your hands to knead it together. With a bowl of water at your side, wet your hands and mold the lentil and bulgur mixture into mini golf-ball sized balls (or any shape you prefer) and place on a platter. A tablespoon is a good amount for each ball. Garnish with remaining scallions and parsley and drizzle with good extra virgin olive oil ,the lettuce leaves and onions, then drizzle over the dressing..
  • Note Turkish red pepper paste is available from Turkish and Middle Eastern food stores.
  • Red lentils and bulgur can be purchased in bulk food bins, which are probably the least expensive. Sometimes they are also available in the international food aisle.
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  • jo_jo_ba 4 years ago
    Do you know of a sub I could use for the pomegranate molasses? I cant get bottled here and though I do know how to make my own I dont hae the time to!
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    " It was excellent "
    unicorn4 ate it and said...
    Love this recipe, I did not make enough though. Will be making this dish again and again. Thank you.
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    " It was excellent "
    fishtrippin ate it and said...
    Your recipes even have my husband willing to try lentils. ( He's never had them and did't like the look of them. My dad made them often.) This has got to be good!
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  • kutadkubilik 5 years ago
    This red lentil balls u guys will love it ı m sure about that:)
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  • otterpond 5 years ago
    I'm certain I would love this. I have it on my "Must Try" list. Thank you for the great post.
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