Even though it is end of February, here the temperature is cold and gloomy, and we go for days without seeing sun. Both hubby and I like soup and especially with this climate, soup is best food you can ask for. I decide to try this instant Tarhana Soup/ Turkish bell pepper, tomato and yogurt soup. I got this recipe from the cook book Turkish delights by John Gregory-Smith.
Tarhana Çorbası is a Turkish Sourdough soup made from a fermented and dehydrated mix of flour, yogurt, onions, tomatoes and red bell pepper. The exact composition of tarhana differs from region to region in Turkey. Some regions use corn flour instead of white flour or chickpeas.
Tarhana soup is made from a base made Tarhana powder. Which is prepared by mixing plain yogurt, flour and grated vegetables like red pepper, tomato, and onion into a thick paste that is left to ferment for several days. The paste is then divided up, dried and crumbled to make Tarhana powder. This is usually done during summer month as bounty of vegetables. The powder is used during cold winter months to make soup.
Since I don’t have Tarhana powder in hand, I like this recipe of Instant Tarhana Soup/ Turkish bell pepper, tomato and yogurt soup. In this recipe first, the veggies such as red bell pepper, onion, tomato along with oregano, dry mint, pepper is roasted and then made into puree and mixed in with yogurt. I got hooked to recipe at first because of tempering of butter with mint and chili flakes remind me of curries. Yes, we make curries with tomato and yogurt. I like the addition of sweet red bell pepper also.
I read a story about Tarhana soup I don’t know is it myth or real. It states that once upon a time a king visited a poor farmer’s house. They want to treat the king, as they have nothing in hand other than this Tarhana powder, farmer’s wife made the soup and she named it “Dar hane” soup means poor house soup. That eventually become the Tarhana soup.
I like the recipe as it is simple and made a flavorful Soup. If you are a soup lover, then give it a try, I am sure you will love it?
A delicious soup made with roasted red bell pepper, tomato, onions , Greek Yogurt and herbs and spices. Soothing soup for cold winter days.
- 2 red bell peppers cut into quarters
- 1 big red onion cut into quarters
- 4 to matoes cut into halves
- 3 garlic cloves
- 3 tsp dry mint
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp Aleppo pepper flakes
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tbsp butter
This recipe is adapted from Turkish delights by John Gregory-Smith
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