One of our go-to dishes when we travel is roast chicken. And there are 2 really good reasons. We enjoy a really good Roast Chicken. And the added bonus is being able to make a good flavored stock with the leftover carcass and bones. And from the stock we can make a risotto, a pilaf or a really good soup like this one. It’s like getting 2 meals for the price of 1 and all relatively healthy and easy to do.
Making soup is true slow cooking at its best. There is a little up-front work chopping vegetables but then it’s mindless as the soup cooks and fills your house with wonderful aromas.
Soup is popular in Turkey and now having visited I understand why. I wasn’t mentally prepared for the cold winter temperatures. For some reason I had this impression that Turkey was a warm climate (and it is in summer). But the winters are often very cold. There are many high mountains that are snow-covered throughout the winter and most of spring. Indeed it snowed on 2 days in late April when we visited Cappadocia.
True to the guild system developed in the royal kitchens, the soup makers had their own guild so it is not surprising that soups are so delicious in Turkey.
On special occasions, it is normal to have a 5 course banquet, where a pot of soup is always the first course. The host has the responsibility for providing all the food at a Turkish dinner for friends or family. No taking of “pot luck” and yes Turkey is where that phrase came from!
Prepare yourself for copious amounts of bread served with soup. Receiving a whole, large loaf of bread to go with soup for a table of 2 is not uncommon! Sometimes this would be a crusty loaf and at other times what we would call Turkish Bread (soft and airy).
In winter, it is common to have a pot of soup keeping warm on the kitchen stove. Red Lentil Soup is particularly popular and is eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner! It has a reputation for being a go-to dish when things are not going well. It can bring on better luck!
Other popular Turkish soups include Yoghurt Soup and Mushroom Soup. The soups are tasty without being overly spicy. And quite filling. Many locals would have a large bowl for a warming lunch on a chilly day before going about their afternoon business.
There are many variations to this dish. I hope you enjoy this easy but satisfying dish.