Mercimekli Kufta, also known as Red Lentil Kofte, is a vegetarian Turkish appetizer or mezze dish made with red lentils, bulgur wheat, and various herbs and spices. The dish is typically served cold and can be shaped into small balls or patties.
To make the dish, the red lentils are cooked until they are soft and then mixed with bulgur wheat that has been soaked in water. Finely chopped onions, garlic, parsley, and other herbs and spices such as cumin and paprika are then added to the mixture. The mixture is then shaped into small balls or patties and chilled in the refrigerator.
Mercimekli Kufta is often served as an appetizer or as part of a mezze platter with other Turkish dishes. It can be garnished with fresh herbs, such as parsley or mint, and served with lemon wedges or a yogurt sauce. It is a healthy and delicious dish that is high in protein, fiber, and essential nutrients.