{Recipe} Turkish Spinach Soup

The sign in the middle says: best of the market

The sign in the middle says: best of the market

At my last market visit I bought, among other things, fresh spinach. I was curious to prepare it right away, so I looked for a tasty and easy to prepare spinach recipe and soon I decided to cook a Turkish spinach soup the same evening. At first I was a little skeptical about using yoghurt and egg for a soup, but the result was delicious.

Ispanak Çorbası

Ispanak Çorbası (spinach soup)



  • A handful fresh spinach
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4-5 cups water
  • Juice of a half lemon
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter & 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  1. Cut the onion and garlic into little pieces and grate the carrot really finely. Wash the spinach carefully, if you want you can cut it, I preferred to have whole leafs in the soup. Then put the butter in the pre-heated pan and add the carrots, onions and garlic. Fry them about 7 minutes and add the spinach roast it until leafs get soft. After frying the vegetables you can add the water, it should cook about 2-3 minutes.
  2. While cooking the vegetables you can prepare the second part of the soup. Therefor you have to mix the egg yolk, yoghurt, lemon juice, flour and water really well in a separate bowl. Add this mixture to the soup and boil it up and immediately after the soup boiled take it from the stove.
  3. In a separate, little pan heat butter and add 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, fry it a few minutes. A little bit of this spicy oil is added to the soup as a topping, while serving.


What are your favorite spinach recipes? What kind of spinach dishes did you already try in Turkey? A good option for vegetarians in Turkey are Gözleme, it’s a kind of pancake with sweet or salty stuffing’s. And a common version is Gözleme with spinach stuffing.

These Gözleme I had with friends at Eymir Gölü, near Ankara

These Gözleme I had with friends at Eymir Gölü, near Ankara

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