Tarhana Soup Recipe

A bowl of tarhana soup garnished with dried mint and red pepper flakes, some bread and a wooden spoon on the side.

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Tarhana soup is a hearty and tangy soup popular in Turkish cuisine. It is made from a special fermented mixture that is dried and ground into a powder. This powder is then cooked with water or broth to make the soup. Often seasoned with spices, it's known for being nutritious and comforting, especially in cold weather.


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  • 5 tablespoons tarhana (powder)
  • 5 cups water, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a bowl, mix the Tarhana Soup Powder with 2 cups of water at room temperature. Set it aside to allow the powder to soften and blend well with the water.
  2. While the Tarhana mixture is soaking, heat olive oil and butter in a pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the tomato paste, dried mint, and minced garlic to the pot. Stir well and cook until you can smell the garlic and the tomato paste turns a deeper red.
  4. Pour the Tarhana and water mixture into the pot, along with the remaining 3 cups of water. Give it a good stir to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Keep stirring the soup constantly over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  7. Once the soup starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer. Continue to stir occasionally as it thickens. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  9. Once the soup reaches your desired thickness, remove it from heat and serve.


  1. Remember to stir the soup continuously until it boils to prevent any sticking or lump formation.
  2. If you encounter lumps in your Tarhana Soup, you can make it smooth using a blender stick (immersion blender).
  3. For added protein and flavor, consider incorporating cooked chickpeas, white beans, or chicken into your soup. Simply add them during the final minutes of cooking to warm through.
  4. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days. Reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave. Add a little water if it is too thick.
  5. Enjoy it with traditional Turkish bread like bazlama
  6. Nutrition information given here is approximate and meant as a guideline only.