If you grow herbs in your yard like me, you may have a lot of mint at the end of the summer.

So heres a recipe to use some of that seasonal goodness.

This soup is quite spicy, although the yogurt cools it down somewhat.

If you’d like a less spicy soup, cut the quantities of peppers/cumin by half.

Turkish Style Spicy Minted Soup Recipe


  1. Tsp vegetable or olive oil
  2. ½ onion diced
  3. 2 clove garlic diced
  4. 1” square piece of fresh ginger diced
  5. ½ Tsp each of cayenne pepper, cumin & paprika
  6. 10 oz can organic tomato sauce
  7. 2 small sweet red peppers diced
  8. 5 cups water
  9. 2 vegetable stock cubes dissolved in the water
  10. ½ cup lentils
  11. ¼ cup rice
  12. ¼ bulgur
  13. 2 Tsp fresh mint finely chopped 
  14. Additional 1 TBs fresh mint per serving, finely chopped for garnish
  15. 12 tablespoons thick, plain yogurt for serving


Gently heat the oil in a large saucepan

Add the onion, red pepper, garlic, ginger and spices, fry gently until onion begins to soften

Add tomato sauce, water (with stock cubes dissolved in it) lentils, rice, bulgur and mint

Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer 30 min or until rice, lentils and bulgur are tender

Serve with a dollop of yogurt, followed by a sprinkle of mint on top of the soup.

No need to serve with bread as this soup is very filling.