Yogurt Soup

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Have you ever thought about the connection between  sense of smell and memory? A smell can take us back to old days, remind us people we were together with and  bring a scene to our mind. We can see that piece of event very clearly with our mind’s eye. That particular smell even makes us have a feeling exactly the same as the feeling we had those days. And this might even effect our mood and concentration. So it won’t be wrong to say that a smell is as effective as or even more than  something visual. This effect can be either positive or negative. It definitely depends on our past emotions. Surprisingly enough, the smell which takes us to past memories doesn’t have to be directly related to what we remember. To give an example, there is a kind of soap which reminds me of times when I left home for college in a different city. Whenever I wash my hands with that soap, its fragrance takes me back to those days and gives me a combined feeling of joy and a bit blueness. I was so happy to pass a challenging university exam and get the right of studying at a college while I was also upset as I didn’t feel ready to leave my parents and we had that soap in our bathroom at those times.

So the smell of this soup takes me cold outside warm inside Winters with my family. I would forget the freezing cold outside once I felt the smell of this soup coming from the kitchen when I returned from highschool. I also remember chatting with mom about our days. Then my brother, who was away from us studying at a college, appears in my mind with his phone calls. We would have long talks on the phone and I remember how I missed him. So this yogurt soup is so special to me.

Have you ever had similar flashbacks caused by a smell?

Yogurt Soup | giverecipe.com


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Yogurt Soup
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A sourish heartwarming soup with yogurt and rice.
Serves: 4
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ¼ cup rice
  • salt to taste
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp dried mint
  1. Put 4 cups of water and rice in a pot and boil until rice gets tender.
  2. Mix yogurt, yolk, and flour in a bowl. And when rice is done, we will pour the yogurt mixture into the pot. But be careful on this. Don’t do it at a time so that yogurt doesn’t precipitate.
  3. Take a ladle of boiling water and pour it into that yogurt mixture, mix it quickly.
  4. Do it a few times and when the mixture gets warm enough, pour it into the pot slowly and stir continually at the same time.
  5. Keep stirring a few minutes and then leave it to boil.
  6. Do not cover it, or it might boil over. It will be done after boiling for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add salt as a final step here when it's done.
  8. For the sauce, heat butter in a pan.
  9. Add dried mint when it melts and pour it either on the whole soup in the pot or seperately when serving.

If you aren’t careful about the following tips, your soup doesn’t have the right consistency and precipitates.

Don’t forget to warm the yogurt mixture before pouring it into the pot.

Add salt as a final step, not at the beginning or during boiling.


  1. Kate @ Diethood.com says

    I need to try this – I’ve never had yogurt soup, but it sounds incredible! I know I’d love it!

    The smell of homemade bread always reminds me of my grandma’s house in the village … such a lovely memory!

    • says

      Homemade bread reminds me of my grandma too! She was such a great cook and she would always bake her bread daily.

  2. says

    Lovely story about why the soup is special to you. We’ve never had yoghurt soup – it always seemed such a strange idea but now we love yoghurt so much, I think we ought to give it a try.

  3. OysterCulture says

    This soup sounds so simple and tasty, I love the ingredients and will have to try it soon. Does the type of yogurt make a difference?

    • says

      The type of yogurt soesn’t make any difference. However, if you use strained yogurt, you should reduce the amount of it as it is thicker. And add some water to it to make it more liquid like. It definitely gives a great flavor.

  4. says

    Mmm this so healythy. Im in a Shape up and go competition and I got 10 people on my team that I am capatain of I think Im passing this on to them!

  5. says

    You’re so right about scents and memories. Sometimes even the scent of a laundry detergent will bring back memories from childhood.

    Beautiful photo of the soup.

    • says

      It is said that almost all scents reminding us something are from our childhood. Makes sense.

  6. says

    Wow Zerrin, this bowl of soup is so inviting! I use yougurt soup when cooking my homemade tortellini and the mint is what brings it all together. Almost forgot to thank you for the cool tips on how to improve my blog experience :)

    • says

      Yogurt soup and pasta often make an easy dinner for us too. It goes very well with tortellini and yes, mind has such a nice flavor that it makes you eat more and more.

  7. says

    Zerrin, siten gittikçe güzelleşti :)) bunun için seni tebrik ederim. Yoğurt çorbası büyük oğlumla ikimizin en sevdiği çorbadır. Eğer ikimiz evde yalnızsak hemen bu çorbayı yaparım. Çok lezzetli görünüyor, ellerin sağlık.

  8. says

    I love smells that bring back memories! (And foods that bring back memories too!) I love yogurt soup and yours sounds wonderful, Zerrin!

  9. says

    I totally agree that smells can take you travelling back through your memory. I hadn’t heard of yoghurt soup but it sounds delicious. I love the idea of the buttery mint sauce over the top.

  10. says

    Never heard of this soup – but am absolutely intrigued. I do make my own yogurt so will absolutely be trying it. I do know the power of scent and memory is so revealing. I received a beautiful bar of strong perfumed soap when my first child was born. In those days, we were in the hospital for at least a week. I used the soap all of the time in the hospital as a treat… and when I came home, I wrapped it up with all of the baby cards and momentos from the hospital. Everytime I open it up (about every 10 years) a rush of emotion floods back that is opened only with the fragrance of that lovely soap.

  11. says

    Yes, food and the memories they can conjur up are so amazing. In fact I can remember the first time I ate wasabi paste and my whole head exploded into an amazing feeling of tingling, it was like a firecracker had gone off inside the back of my brain. This soup looks amazing, thank you for sharing.


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