How to make Corba: Turkish Soup

How to make Corba: Turkish Soup

Corba is a Turkish lentil soup with hearty, flavorful, and aromatic ingredients. Most people consume Turkish soup on a chilly day to keep their bodies warm and resist the cold winter. Here are the ingredients and instructions to make Corba, a delicious, warm, and flavorful Turkish soup. Read on!


  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • One medium yellow onion – diced
  • One large carrot – diced
  • One medium russet potato – diced
  • Two cloves of garlic – sliced
  • One tablespoon of tomato paste
  • One teaspoon of kosher salt
  • One teaspoon of cumin
  • A half teaspoon of paprika
  • A half teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne or Aleppo pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • Five cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • One cup of red lentils
  • One teaspoon of dried mint
  • One lemon – sliced


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot
  2. Add the onion and cook for four minutes
  3. Add diced carrot and potato to the pot
  4. Cook for four minutes
  5. Add cloves of garlic and stir for 30 seconds
  6. Now, add tomato paste, salt, cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne, and black pepper
  7. Stir these ingredients for 30 seconds
  8. Deglaze the pot with vegetable or chicken stock
  9. Add the lentils and remaining stock
  10. Heat the soup and simmer for 30 minutes
  11. Add one cup of water if the soup is thicker
  12. Remove the soup from heat and add dried mint
  13. Blend the soup to incorporate all ingredients
  14. Serve with lemon wedges and sprinkle chopped parsley