’Ezo the Bride’ (Red Lentil and Bulgur Soup)

Ezo Gelın

Preparation info

  • Serves

    8

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Anatolia

By David Dale and Somer Sivrioglu

Published 2015

  • About

Ezo the Bride is a famous figure in Turkish folklore. Her real name was Zöhre Bozgeyik and she was born in 1909 in southeastern Anatolia. She married a local musician and, following the regional Berdel tradition, her brother married her husband’s sister. A few years later, her brother divorced his wife, which meant that although Ezo dearly loved her husband, she had to follow local custom and separate from him. Beautiful Ezo was forced to travel to Syria and marry a distant relative and, according to a popular song, she died there in 1956 of sorrow and homesickness. Her deathbed wish was for her remains to be buried in her home village, Dokuzyol. This soup comes from a happy time in her life.

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