Ezo Gelin Soup! Gluten Free & Vegan

Ezo Gelin Soup! Gluten Free & Vegan

What is Ezo Gelin I hear you ask? It’s a Turkish lentil based soup named after a bride called Ezo! The story says that Ezo’s mother-in-law did not like her, so to try to win her over, Ezo made this soup! The soup is now famous all over Turkey and is eaten at anytime – including breakfast! This is #NationalBreakfastWeek (24-30 Jan) so why not try something different! ๐Ÿ˜› Of course, this is Life Diet Health soย we have changed the recipe to make it gluten free- traditionally it contains Bulghur wheat, but the protein & mineral packed quinoa makes an ideal substitute!ย  It’s a very filling soup, hearty, warming and with a hint of mint! I served this for our ladies that lunch the other day and one of my friends has already recreated this for her family! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s get cooking!

Gather

  • Splash of oil of choice (I used coconut)
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 whole garlic bulb peeled & chopped
  • 400g red split lentils
  • 200g quinoa rinsed and drainedย (I used red, white & black but just white is fine)
  • 1 litre cold water
  • 70g tomato puree
  • 1.5 litres boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon mint (plus extra for sprinkling)
  • 1 tablespoon (or to taste) salt (I used Pink Himalayan)

Prepare

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion until translucent, add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
  2. Stir in the lentils and quinoa and mix well.
  3. Add the cold water, cover the pan and leave on a medium heat for 15 minutes.
  4. Put the tomato puree into the boiling water and mix until you have a uniform liquid. Carefully pour this into the lentil mix.
  5. Sprinkle over the pepper, mint and salt, cover and leave forย ten minutes.
  6. Check the soup, stir well, adjust seasoning if necessary. The lentils should have cooked down and the quinoa should have its tail (germ) showing.
  7. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • We were having a girly lunch (others were non vegan/non free-from) so this was served with garlic bread and chunky pizza wedges.
  • I made aย basicย shepherds salad (also a Turkish recipe) and we piled it on top of the soup!
  • Chili flakes are great sprinkled on top, as is black pepper or extra mint.
  • Scoop it up with your favourite bread ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to five days or freeze for up to two months.

I’m sharing this with Deborah at the Plant Based Potluck Party ๐Ÿ™‚

Ezo Gelin Soup! Gluten Free & Vegan

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Gather

  • Splash of oil of choice (I used coconut)
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 whole garlic bulb peeled & chopped
  • 400g red split lentils
  • 200g quinoa rinsed and drainedย (I used red, white & black but just white is fine)
  • 1 litre cold water
  • 70g tomato puree
  • 1.5 litres boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon mint (plus extra for sprinkling)
  • 1 tablespoon (or to taste) salt (I used Pink Himalayan)

Prepare

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion until translucent, add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
  2. Stir in the lentils and quinoa and mix well.
  3. Add the cold water, cover the pan and leave on a medium heat for 15 minutes.
  4. Put the tomato puree into the boiling water and mix until you have a uniform liquid. Carefully pour this into the lentil mix.
  5. Sprinkle over the pepper, mint and salt, cover and leave forย ten minutes.
  6. Check the soup, stir well, adjust seasoning if necessary. The lentils should have cooked down and the quinoa should have its tail (germ) showing.
  7. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • We were having a girly lunch (others were non vegan/non free-from) so this was served with garlic bread and chunky pizza wedges.
  • I made aย basicย shepherds salad (also a Turkish recipe) and we piled it on top of the soup!
  • Chili flakes are great sprinkled on top, as is black pepper or extra mint.
  • Scoop it up with your favourite bread ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to five days or freeze for up to two months.

 

22 Comments

  • Elaine @ foodbod 27th January 2016 at 19:21

    I love the story behind this soup, and it looks very tasty ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 27th January 2016 at 20:31

      Hello Elaine ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! I know you don’t do soup so I’m thrilled that you think it looks tasty! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply
  • peanutbutterandellie 27th January 2016 at 21:46

    I’d never heard of Ezo Gelin until now- what a fun story! I wish all recipes had a background like that.
    It looks delicious! I don’t know if I’d ever have it for breakfast though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Definitely for lunch or dinner!
    xx Ellie

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 27th January 2016 at 22:22

      Ellie ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! Isn’t it fun to have a story behind a food? ๐Ÿ™‚ If not for breakfast how about brunch? ๐Ÿ˜› xxx

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      • peanutbutterandellie 27th January 2016 at 23:22

        It is fun to have a story behind food! It makes it even more appealing.
        I suppose brunch could work, ahaha. I’m much more of a “sweets for breakfast” kind of gal, though!

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        • Life Diet Health 27th January 2016 at 23:50

          Banana based pancakes with nut butter and chocolate then ๐Ÿ˜€ nomnom! Ooo… I might do that in the morning! Bedtime for me now! x

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  • Sophie33 28th January 2016 at 19:55

    Such a cool story behind this tasty looking more healthy soup,….I,also like your special topping! NOM nom nom!.

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 28th January 2016 at 21:47

      Nom nom nom indeed Sophie! Thank you. This is a delicious recipe – possibly preferred to my regular lentil soup! ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t you just love soup toppings! ๐Ÿ™‚ Would you believe I’d eaten this soup probably over 30 times (in Turkey) before I learnt of the story!?!

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      • Sophie33 29th January 2016 at 08:34

        Really? It must be THAT DELICIOUS! x

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        • Life Diet Health 29th January 2016 at 09:29

          Yes Sophie… this is a REALLY delicious soup! Even better with the Life Diet Health touch! ๐Ÿ˜› x

          Reply
  • Lynz Real Cooking 31st January 2016 at 00:09

    Love the story and soup!

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 31st January 2016 at 12:33

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ If you try the soup you’ll love it even more! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Reply
  • Deborah Smikle-Davis 4th February 2016 at 02:01

    Soups are some of my favorite dishes to make and eat! Thanks for sharing your delectable Ezo Gelin Soup at the Plant-Based Potluck Party! I’m Pinning and sharing!

    Reply
    • Life Diet Health 4th February 2016 at 16:22

      Thanks Deborah ๐Ÿ™‚ This is such a delicious & nutritious soup! Thanks so much for hosting such a delicious feast each week! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply

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