Friday, June 3, 2011

Rrrrrrred Sonja!

There is a cute little Turkish place near my apartment called Mundo. It doesn't have a huge menu, but it is known for it is Red Sonja, usually offered to you by the head waiter with an exaggerated roll of the r's (Rrrrrrrrred sonja! He also happens to wear eyeliner. Just to give you a picture.)

Red sonjas are red lentil-bulgur patties that are wrapped in romaine lettuce wraps with a squeeze of lemon juice. It is really good. If you have never had red lentils, you should definitely try them. They're different from other lentils, both in flavor and in preparation (only 20 minutes!). They actually have a peppery flavor to me.

Red Lentil Patties


1 cup red lentils
3/4 cup bulgur
1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
small handful of parsley, chopped
salt and pepper

lemon wedges
romaine lettuce leaves

1. Bring lentils and 2 cups of water to a boil. Once it boils, turn heat down to simmer and cover. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes.
2. Add bulgur to red lentil pot and let sit for 30 minutes.
3. Saute onions until translucent. Add to red lentils and bulgur mixture.
4. Add paprika, cumin, parsley, and salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients together. Let cool for a few minutes until you are able to handle the mixture.
5. Shape into patties (or whatever shapes you would like). :) Serve on a lettuce leaf and a squeeze of lemon!

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