Red Lentil Meatballs

Mercımek Köftesı

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By David Dale and Somer Sivrioglu

Published 2015

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Here’s another dish with history. The Bible tells how Esau, a hunter who normally ate venison, saw his brother Jacob eating a bowl of red lentils and was so hungry he offered to give up his inheritance for it.

This is a rare vegetarian version of köfte, which is normally associated with raw veal or lamb, and is a staple winter dish in the eastern half of Turkey. Even if you love it as much as Esau, be careful not to overload, as bulgur will continue to expand in your stomach.