Happy Thanksgiving to you all! If you fancy trying a different kind of Turkey this year, I've got a recipe for you from my new cookbook A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey...

Lentil and Rocket Soup
(Mercimek ve Rokka Çorbası)

This soup is a filling, tasty, and nutritious variation of the classic Turkish red lentil soup, which is usually served with wedges of lemon. You can use more or less mint if you prefer, but since I’m a minty kind of girl, I always add more. I love the peppery twist that the chopped rocket adds to this recipe.


• 1 cup of red lentils – washed

• 1 onion – chopped

• 2 cloves of garlic – crushed and chopped

• 1½ tablespoons of dried mint

• 2 – 3 tablespoons of tomato puree

• 1½ cups of chopped rocket

• 1½ pints of gluten free chicken/vegetable stock or water

• Salt and pepper to taste

• 1 – 2 tablespoons of olive oil for frying

On the side:

• Lemon wedges 


1. Fry the onion and garlic until soft.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.

3. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 45 minutes. As the lentils soak up the liquid you may need to add more stock.

4. Blend until smooth and spoon into bowls.

5. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top and serve.

Serves 4

* Vegetarian and vegan option – use vegetable stock/water

If you're suffering from coeliac disease, gluten and wheat sensitivity, or you simply want to sample delicious and healthy Turkish food, then this book's for you.

A gluten free diet doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste. Today it can be eclectic, vibrant, and adventurous. After cooking for her coeliac husband for over a decade, author Sibel Hodge now combines her knowledge of tasty, easy-to-cook, and nutritious Turkish food with gluten free recipes in A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey.

This mouth-watering collection of dishes includes meze, soups, salads, egg dishes, pasta, vegetable dishes, meat dishes, seafood, desserts, bread, and drinks. It features over 80 recipes and photos of traditional Turkish favourites like Moussaka, Oven Cooked Kebab, and Calamari, along with dishes that have a Turkish Cypriot twist to them, such as Cypriot Olive Bread and Hellim Pasta, plus her own creations of Red Lentil and Rocket Soup, Caramelized Roast Vegetables with Feta, Spiced Mushroom Rice, Turkish-Style Shepherd's Pie, and Choca Mocha Walnut Cake. 

Turkish cuisine is considered among the world's best because of the variety of dishes, the use of natural ingredients, and a huge mixture of tantalizing flavours and tastes. It's also a very healthy diet, with lots of vegetables, grains, beans, herbs, olive oil, spices, and fruit. 

Who says gluten free cooking has to be boring?

Experiment. Eat. Enjoy!

"A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey is filled with funny little notes as well as a lot of great recipes" -- Another Gluten Free Blog

"This food is filled to the brim with fresh ingredients and interesting spices. The pictures are beautiful. I recommend this cookbook to any cookbook collector!" -- Donna Fasano, Bestselling Author

A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey is available to buy now in ebook format from Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk, Smashwords, and KoboIt's also soon be available in paperback from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Happy Cooking!

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Sibel XX