Almost Turkish Recipes

Garbanzo Beans and Soft Wheat Berries Soup (Nohut ve Buğdaylı Çorba)

A hearty delicious soup for the last cold days of winter from Lezzet's February 2007 issue.

1 cup dry garbanzo beans
1/2 cup soft wheat berries
1/2 cup red lentils
1 small celery root/celeria, grated
1 carrot, petite diced
5-6 parsley stems, chopped
2-3 celery root stems, chopped
2 tbsp butter
2 small onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
6 cups vegetable or beef stock
2 tsp oregano leaves
1 cup plain yogurt (non-fat, 1%, 2%, or whole milk)
1 tbsp olive oil

-Put garbanzo beans and soft wheat berries in a pot. Cover with water ~3 inches above garbanzo and soft wheat berries. Bring to a boil. Then turn it off, cover and soak overnight. Wash and rinse them well the next day.
-Heat butter in a big pot. Add onions and cook until soft.
-Add in red lentils and tomato paste. Stir for 2-3 minutes. Then, add soaked garbanzo beans and soft wheat berries. Stir for another 2-3 minutes.
-Add grated celery root, diced carrot, chopped parsley and celery root stems, oregano leaves, black pepper, salt, and stock (vegetable or beef).
-Let it boil on medium heat for approximately an hour.
-In a small bowl, mix yogurt and olive oil.
-Slowly stir yogurt into the soup. Mix once and let it boil for a couple of minutes. Then turn it off. The soup is ready.


  1. I just made a warm wheatberry salad last night. They're so chewy and satisfying and must be simply wonderful in this healthy soup.

  2. Yes, I can tell I'd love this soup!

  3. Delicate colors. I agree with Kalyn: I would love this soup.

  4. It's so creamy. Never had wheat berry.

  5. This soup has so many things going for it:D

  6. Gorgeous recipe. This is something I am sure to enjoy. I'm always looking for new ideas with wheat berries. Thanks for this.

  7. Wow... not sure where I would find wheatberries, but now I am just going to have to do the search!

  8. I'm making the soup right now and it smells incredible...only thing is, it's been cooking for 90 minutes and the chickpeas still aren't done. I don't think the soaking in the recipe is enough and I will cook them next time...

  9. looks quite impressive thanks.