Legendary Dishes | Chorba / Ciorba (bean and vegetable soup)


A mixed vegetable winter soup laden with brown, red or white beans, variations of this soup are found throughout the eastern Balkans and among the Black Sea and Caspian Sea countries as a winter stable.

  • 3 litres water
  • 400 g brown / red / white beans
  • 400 g carrots, grated
  • 300 g tomatoes, chopped
  • 250 g onions, chopped
  • 150 g roasted red pepper paste
  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 30 g sweet paprika
  • 20 g parsley, chopped
  • 15 g mint, chopped
  • 10 g vegetable bouillon
  • 10 g savory / sage, chopped
  • 5 g salt

Soak beans overnight. Bring to a boil in a large pot, remove scum. Lower heat, add onions followed by carrots and tomatoes. Cook for an hour, add red pepper paste followed by the herbs and spices, then the oil. Ladle 100 ml of the soup with roughly half and half liquid to solid and blend into a purée. Continue to cook until beans are tender. Finish with parsley.

Serve with country bread.