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Tarhana Soup - The Ultimate In Turkish Recipes?

Tarhana soup is a tasty, comforting winter soup and is one of the most famous Turkish recipes. It's also eaten in places such as Cyprus (where it's a speciality), Greece & the Balkans. Recipes for tarhana dough vary.
Course Soup
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 200kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • 2 dessert spoonfuls tarhana dough rehydrated
  • 3 mugs hot water or stock
  • 2 dessert spoonfuls tomato paste
  • 1 knob butter


  • Rehydrate your tarhana dough by placing it in a coffee mug and filling the mug with tepid water. Stir occasionally and leave it to rehydrate for a couple of hours.
  • In a large pan, melt a knob of butter on a medium heat.
  • Now pour your rehydrated tarhana and add the salça (tomato paste).
  • Stir around until the salça has dissolved into the mixture.
  • Now ladle your hot water or stock into the tarhana soup, gradually, stirring all the time so that the tarhana doesn't settle and stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Your tarhana soup will keep thickening as it heats.
  • Once it's heated through, serve your tarhana soup with chunks of fresh Turkish bread.


  • Depending on the tarhana dough you are using, sometimes it might look like your tarhana has not rehydrated. Don't worry about this, as once you start to heat it through to make your tarhana soup, any visible lumps will dissolve.
  • Many Turkish people enjoy eating their tarhana soup with white cheese crumbled on top.
  • Some Turkish people also like their tarhana çorbası with minced meat, too.
  • Depending on which version of the above is true, the calorie count could be slightly more or less...