Friday, July 20, 2012

Chorba Soup

The basic ingredients that you will need for Chorba are:
- one onion
- one carrot, peeled, and finely chopped
- 500g of chicken or lamb cut into small pieces
- 4 tablespoons of barley
- 1/4 bunch of parsley
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 2 teaspoons of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of ground caraway seeds
- 1/2 lemon for squeezing
If you want, you can also add some harissa, or even a beaten egg, depending on your personal taste.

Preparing the Chorba is quite easy and takes about 45 minutes.
First of all, you put some oil in a large pot then add, one by one, the chopped onion, meat, tomato paste and spices.
Sauté over medium heat for 2 minutes, and then add two liters of hot water.
Put a lid on the pot and cook from the boil for 45 minutes.
After 15 minutes, add the barley.
Then after 10 more minutes, add the carrot.
Five minutes before the end of the cooking, add the crushed garlic and chopped parsley.
When your Chorba is ready, add few drops of lemon and savor it while it is warm.


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