Almost Turkish Recipes

Pumpkin Soup with Red Cabbage and Cumin Seeds (Balkabağı Çorbası)

3 cups of baked and mashed pumpkin
1 onion, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
1/2 cup red cabbage, chopped finely
1 banana pepper, chopped
3 cups of vegetable stock
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp pepper flakes
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp rosemary

-We cut the pumpkin you see above into two, took the seeds out with a spoon, and placing the two halves on an oven pan baked them until soft. (with one half, Aaron made a pumpkin pie, the other half got into this soup)
-Heat the oil in a big pot and stir in the onion and garlic. After 3-4 minutes, add in red cabbage, banana pepper, mustard seeds, and cumin seeds. Stir for 8-10 minutes.
-Add paprika, stir for a minute and then add pumpkin puree, vegetable stock, yogurt, black pepper, pepper flakes, thyme, and rosemary, and salt. Simmer for half an hour.
-I smoothened the soup with a hand blender, my soup master; however, if you want a chunky soup, you don't need the soup master.


  1. That looks amazingly good! Wish I had some right now, here at work...

  2. what a beautiful soup!

  3. burcu, love your soup! :)

  4. I say hallo from Sweden since I landed on this blog by coinsidence. Today I started a new blog called "My Recipes", (i.e. Swedish recipes which I will try to translate into English - a challenge). I read blogs in GB and USA in order to get the right feeling for this purpose and here I stopped because your blog was easy to read.

  5. Ekaterina11:11 PM

    Hello from Russia! Thanks for the recipy. I'm going to try it today :-)))

  6. Anonymous11:08 PM

    Wow, I don't want to seem rude or ungrateful, but this is the first recipe site where I can't print (either by button or by selecting text) or copy and paste the recipe. Do I want to go to the pen and paper method? Probably not this century. My apologies if it's a result of your blogging software - if it is, you might want to situate yourself elsewhere, since this is absolutely useless.

    The recipe does look good, though.