Bulgaria - Soupa Bob | Bob Chorba | Bulgarian Bean Soup

From Afghanistan, I am now taking you to Bulgaria in the Culinary Journey around the globe, a part of Srivalli's Blogging Marathon #44.

There were a lot of countries to choose from for the letter 'B' and I have chosen Bulgaria.It is situated in South Eastern Europe and is also called Republic of Bulgaria.Now some  facts about this country before going on with the recipe

Cuisine of Bulgaria:

It is a very diverse cuisine and many still prepare the traditional of dishes that have been handed down through the ages. The most important ingredients in the cuisine are Yogurt and White brine cheese. These two are always present in a meal in one form or the other.Potatoes are also famous in their cuisine and use them in soups, salads, stews etc.Cold cut meats and other speciality meats are also consumed.A wide range of vegetables are cultivated and used in the rural areas. Fruits are also a part of their menu.Rakia is a popular Bulgarian spirit.

Some of the popular dishes of the cuisine include...

Now, by the time I made this soup, my folks had gotten into the habit of tasting and liking my soups and salads. Lil Angel loved the salad and Lil Dude enjoyed soup along with the rest of us...

The Bulgarian bean soup is a sort of 'national dish' and the monastery version is a vegetarian one.

Now for the Soupa Bob we need:

Serves- 2
Cooking time- 45 minutes
Adapted from various sources

I used:

White beans- 1/2 cup
Tomato - 1, chopped
Carrot- 1, small chopped
Vegetable stock-4 cups
Ginger and garlic, minced- 1/2 teaspoon each
Red chili powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Mint leaves- a handful
Oil- 1 teaspoon

Soak the beans over night. Wash well the next morning and pressure cook it with enough water. Drain and keep the beans aside.

Heat oil in a pan and saute the onion , ginger and garlic till the onion is soft. Add the tomato and saute. Out in the chopped carrots and vegetable stock and simmer till the carrot is just cooked. Add chili powder, pepper powder.

Add salt and mint leaves. Let it simmer and thicken a bit.Add the cooked beans and let it come to a rolling boil. Break a few beans with the back of a ladle so that the  soup thickens some more. You can also puree a handful of cooked beans and add to the pan.Remove from heat and serve hot....

Serve hot as such or with a few bread pieces...

I also made the Shopska salad that you can see in the background.Be sure to check out this famous salad recipe..

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#44

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Bon Appetit...

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