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Friday, January 11, 2013

Alaca Soup

(Alaca Corba - Gaziantep - South Eastern Anatolia)

Alaca Soup
1/4 cup green lentils, soak in water overnight, washed and drained
1/3 cup chickpeas, in can, rinsed
1/4 cup Turkish bulgur or wheat, rinsed
1 red bell pepper, diced
4-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4-5 tbsp crushed tomato, canned
1 tbsp red pepper paste
2 cups chicken or beef broth
~2 cups hot water

1 medium onion, sliced
Olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp butter or 2 tbsp olive oil
Red pepper, crushed
1 tbsp tarragon

Place all the soup ingredients in a medium sized pot. Cover and cook until all the ingredients are softened for about 20-25 minutes at medium-low heat.

Meanwhile caramelize the onion with a little bit olive oil at low heat. Then add the caramelized onion and lemon juice into the soup.

Heat up the butter in a small pan. When it begins spitting, stir in the crushed red pepper and tarragon. Then pour all over the top of the soup. Turn the heat off. Serve while still hot with the any kind of pickled vegetables.

4 servings.



At 4:05 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Could you use red lentils instead of green?
Thank you

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

The red lentils usually split up whereas the green lentils stay as whole.
The taste would also be slightly different:) When you use the red lentils to make a soup - they thicken it. So it is up to you:)

At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. What are these black beads on the surface of the soup?

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

These are not beads. They are lightly fried tarragon in butter as garnish:)

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Merhaba! This looks so good, I'm going to make it this weekend! Do you have a recipe for Erzincan çorbası? Teşekkürler!

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Tracy,
I am going to post it in the future:)

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous ahmet tan said...

So it is up to you:)

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Selin said...

Looks delish but it looks like there is spinach like greenery on it but I didnt see it in the ingredients?? Thank you!

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Selin:)
These are mixture of caramelized onion (the long ones) and lightly fried tarragon in butter as garnish (dark deep green colour).

At 7:56 PM, Anonymous heidi said...


This soup was amazing! thank you!! I didn't have time to take a picture I made it so late in the night...but next time for sure! yum!

At 8:58 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Ellerine saglik Heidi:)


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