Red Lentil Kofte
- 1 cup uncooked hulled red lentils
- 1 1/2 cups fine-grain bulgur wheat
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 large Onion, minced
- 1 Tbs. Red Pepper Paste
- 1 tsp. paprika
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 6 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 bunch fresh Italian parsley, washed and finely chopped
1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the red lentils and bulgur wheat, cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the grains are tender.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat, and cook the Onion for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring, until translucent. Add the red pepper Paste, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
3. Stir the Onion mixture into the Lentils and grains, cover and set aside for 20 minutes. Stir in half of the scallions and half of the chopped parsley. Spoon onto a large serving platter, and garnish with remaining scallions and parsley.
- Alternatively, when the lentil-and-grain mixture is cool enough to handle, use your hands to knead it together. Once the mixture is well blended, form it into balls or shape it into patties. Arrange the balls or patties on a platter, garnish with remaining scallions and parsley, and serve.