It’s no secret that the Turkish people love their soup or çorbası in Turkish.
Soup is eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Soup starts the meal or is a meal in itself.
What better comfort food than a steaming bowl of soup, especially during the cold days of winter?
There are many delicious Turkish soups for you to enjoy when you are out and about, or to make at home. Here are a few to start you off.
Mercimek Çorbası (Lentil Soup)
Mercimek is lovely as a winter warmer – filling and comforting. It’s a classic, well loved Turkish dish. It was traditionally made with red lentils, onions, tomatoes, peppers, tomato and/or pepper paste, dried mint and chilli flakes. Nowadays there are many variations due to the culinary inventiveness of generations of mothers.
Click here for a recipe for Kırmızı Mercimek Çorbası (Hearty Red Lentil Soup) courtesy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table.
Ezogelin Çorbası (Bride Soup)
Spicy Turkish lentil & bulgur soup with dried mint and red pepper flakes
Ezogelin is named after Ezo, a new bride whose mother-in-law demanded soup. A flustered Ezo concocted a soup from what she had at hand – red lentils, bulgur, rice, tomato paste, hot pepper and mint. Luckily, when combined, these ingredients made a very tasty soup. Nowadays it is given to brides before their marriage as protection against what the future may have to hold.
Click here for a recipe for Ezogelin Çorbası courtesy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table
Yayla Çorbasi (Highland Soup)
This simple but delicious yoghurt with rice soup, flavoured with dried mint and red pepper flakes, originates back to Anatolia’s earliest settlers and nomadic herdsman, and it is one of the most popular soups in Turkey.
Click here for a recipe for Yayla Çorbası courtesy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table.
Şehriyeli Sebze Çorbası (Vegetable Soup with Orzo)
This delicious vegetable soup is easy, delicious and wholesome. Orzo pasta, or “şehriye” in Turkish, thickens the broth beautifully and makes it wholesome and substantial. Add a generous squeeze of lemon and plenty of red pepper flakes (or Aleppo pepper) over the soup to spice things up when serving. Try crumbling some feta cheese over the top before serving too. For a gluten-free option, you can use rice instead of orzo pasta.
Click here for a recipe for Şehriyeli Sebze Çorbası courtesy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table.
Işkembe Çorbası (Tripe Soup)
Turkey’s most famous soup is a pungent dish made from tripe (cow’s stomach) and eaten with vinegar and garlic. Many people believe this soup is an excellent hangover remedy, and so it is always possible to find restaurants serving İşkembe soup even after midnight.
Kelle Paça Çorbası (Sheep’s Head Soup)
Kelle Paça Çorbası is made with lamb legs or head. Westerners may originally be put off by this but is not as disturbing as it sounds. When combined with the other ingredients of hot chilli flakes, garlic puree and oregano, this soup provides quite a kick.
Turkish soups are served with bread, bread and more bread!
Ozlem’s Turkish Table: Recipes from My Homeland
You can find more recipes for authentic, wholesome soups in Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland, available to order at this link. Signed copies here now 20 % off for the gift giving season
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