Turkish Yogurt Soup with Lamb Meatballs

By fiveandspice
January 7, 2013
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Author Notes: A friend of ours from Turkey makes a crazy yogurt soup that involves making soup, dehydrating it, powdering it, and then using it to flavor a whole new soup. This is a different traditional yogurt soup, warm and comforting and much less effort! I gussied this one up a bit with the addition of little herby lamb meatballs.fiveandspice

Serves: 4

Yogurt Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch chile flakes
  • 1/4 cup rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups plain Greek-style yogurt
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or cilantro, to serve
  • Lamb meatballs, to serve
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until just softened, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the rice and chile flakes plus a generous pinch of salt, and cook for about 2 minutes more, until the rice is very lightly toasted.
  2. Stir in the water, turn the heat down to a simmer, and cook, covered, until the rice is tender. Stir in the yogurt plus more salt and pepper, until the yogurt is fully incorporated. Adjust the salt to taste, then ladle the soup into bowls, add a couple of lamb meatballs to each serving, and sprinkle with parsley or cilantro.

Lamb Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped to a paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt
  1. Heat your oven to 425F. In a mixing bowl, use your hands to mix together all the ingredients (use a couple pinches of the salt) until well-blended.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape the lamb into little walnut-sized balls and place them on the lined baking sheet. Roast them in the oven until they're just cooked through, about 8 minutes. Serve with the yogurt soup.

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