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.

Delicious warming Turkish soups
Hearty Red Lentil Soup. Photograph courtesy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table

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.

Delicious warming Turkish soups
Ezo Gelin Corbasi; Spicy Turkish lentil & bulgur soup with dried mint and red pepper flakes; wholesome and delicious.

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.

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Yaylı Çorbası. Photograph courtesy of

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.

Delicious warming Turkish soups
Turkish vegetable soup with orzo; Şehriyeli Sebze Çorbası. Photograph courtesy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table

Click here for a recipe for Şehriyeli Sebze Çorbası courtesy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table.

Işkembe Çorbası (Tripe Soup)

İşkembe Çorbası

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.

Click here for a recipe for İşkembe Çorbası courtesy Group Recipes

Kelle Paça Çorbası (Sheep’s Head Soup)

Kelle Paça Corbasi

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.

Serve with…

Turkish soups are served with bread, bread and more bread!

Bread, bread and more bread!

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Ozlem’s Turkish Table: Recipes from My Homeland

Delicious warming Turkish soups

You can find more recipes for authentic, wholesome soups in  Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland, available to order at this linkSigned copies here now 20 % off for the gift giving season

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