Delicious Turkish Yogurt Soup Recipe for Comforting Meals

Are you tired of the usual soup recipes you always have on repeat? Are you looking to spice up your dinner routine with something exotic and full of flavor? Look no further than Yayla Corbasi, also known as Turkish Yogurt Soup.

This dish is a staple in Turkish cuisine, and for good reason. The combination of creamy yogurt, fragrant dried mint, and tender rice come together to create a delicious and comforting meal perfect for any winter evening.

As an Israeli chef who has explored many different cuisines throughout my career, I can attest to the popularity and deliciousness of this incredible soup. Plus, it’s so simple to make! With just a few ingredients you probably already have at home, you can whip up a pot of Yayla Corbasi in no time.

So why not shake up your dinner routine and try out this popular Turkish recipe tonight? I promise your taste buds won’t regret it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Yayla Corbasi (Turkish Yogurt Soup)
Yayla Corbasi (Turkish Yogurt Soup)

Turkish cuisine is gaining popularity worldwide with its rich and bold flavors. And if you are a fan of soups, then Yayla Corbasi, also known as Turkish Yogurt Soup, should be on your must-try list. With its smooth and creamy texture, this soup is perfect for those seeking comfort food that simultaneously satisfies your cravings for something savory and nutritious.

What sets Yayla Corbasi apart from other soups is its unique blend of ingredients – yogurt, rice, butter, dried mint, and beef bouillon cube. The combination of tangy-yogurt with the aromatic dried mint creates a harmonious flavor profile that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Moreover, the addition of rice provides a nice texture contrast to the smoothness of other ingredients in the soup.

One great thing about Yayla Corbasi is that it’s versatile – it can be served as an appetizer or as a main course with some bread or salad. It’s also easy to customize according to your preference. For instance, you can add some shredded chicken or vegetables like carrots or zucchinis to make it a hearty soup.

Another benefit of this soup recipe is that it’s healthy and budget-friendly. Instead of heavy cream and butter commonly found in other soups, Yayla Corbasi owes its creaminess to plain yogurt. This means you’re getting all the goodness of probiotics along with a satisfying meal. Furthermore, the ingredients used in this recipe are affordable and easily available at any grocery store.

Lastly, making Yayla Corbasi is incredibly easy- even for novice cooks! All you need is some basic kitchen equipment, such as a large pot, a whisk, and a few measuring cups, to get started. In just under an hour, you’ll have yourself a delicious homemade soup that will warm your heart – and stomach!

So don’t hesitate- try out this Turkish Yogurt Soup recipe today and discover why it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular soups around!

Ingredient List

 A bowl of comfort: Yayla Corbasi
A bowl of comfort: Yayla Corbasi

Before diving into the recipe, let’s take a look at what we’ll need for this delicious Turkish soup recipe – Yayla Çorbası. This recipe yields about 4 servings and here is what you will need:

  • Rice: ½ cup
  • Water: 5 cups (1 cup and 4 cups)
  • Beef bouillon cube: 1
  • Yogurt: 2 cups (plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Egg yolk: 1
  • Flour: 1 tablespoon
  • Milk: 2 tablespoons
  • Butter: 3 tablespoons
  • Dried mint
  • Sea salt

You can find all the ingredients easily in a local supermarket, especially in the international aisle if you’re not already familiar with Turkish cuisine. Let’s start making our Yayla Corbasi!

The Recipe How-To

 Creamy goodness in a bowl
Creamy goodness in a bowl

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, let’s get started with making our delicious Turkish Yogurt Soup, also known as Yayla Çorbası. This recipe is easy to make and perfect for a chilly winter evening. Here’s how to make it:

Step 1: Boil the Rice

Firstly, you’ll need to rinse and boil ½ a cup of rice in 2 cups of water for about 15 minutes until it’s cooked. Once done, set the rice aside.

Step 2: Prepare the Yogurt Mixture

In a bowl, whisk together 1 cup of plain yogurt, 1 egg yolk, and 1 tablespoon of flour until smooth. Slowly add 2 cups of water and mix well.

Step 3: Mix the Ingredients Together

Next, add ½ cup of boiled rice and the yogurt mixture to a large pot along with 3 tablespoons of butter and one beef bouillon cube. Slowly bring to a boil while stirring constantly.

Step 4: Add Dried Mint and Butter

Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-high and add some dried mint to the soup mixture. Continue simmering for about 10 minutes until the soup thickens slightly.

Step 5: Temper the Yogurt

In a separate bowl whisk together 1 cup of plain yogurt, 1 egg yolk, and 2 tablespoons of flour until smooth. Then gradually pour in some hot soup liquid while whisking constantly to temper the yogurt. This will prevent it from curdling when you add it to the soup.

Step 6: Add Yogurt Mixture to Soup

Slowly pour this tempered yogurt mixture into your soup pot while stirring constantly until it’s fully incorporated.

Step 7: Boil Rice with Water and Salt

To garnish, sprinkle some dried mint and red pepper flakes over each bowl as desired.

Your Yayla Çorbası is now ready! Serve immediately with some crusty bread or Turkish pilaf on the side and enjoy your homemade Turkish delight!

Substitutions and Variations

 Sip on some Turkish tradition with Yayla Corbasi
Sip on some Turkish tradition with Yayla Corbasi

Looking to mix up your Yayla Corbasi recipe? There are endless possibilities for substitutions and variations to this Turkish yogurt soup that can add a new twist to an old favorite.

Firstly, if you want to make the recipe vegetarian or vegan, simply substitute the beef bouillon cube with vegetable bouillon or broth. You can also use vegetable oil instead of butter, and replace the milk with almond or soy milk. For a vegan version, you can also skip the egg yolk and flour mixture in the recipe.

If you want to try something different, you can swap out the rice with bulgur wheat or quinoa. This can add a nutty and chewy texture to your soup and make it heartier. You can also add some extra vegetables like spinach, zucchini, carrots, or potatoes to up the nutritional content.

Alternatively, for a richer taste, you can use lamb stock instead of beef stock. Adding sautéed mushrooms with garlic also elevates the flavor profile of this soup. Another interesting variation is adding chickpeas or lentils for added protein and fiber.

To change up the spices in this soup, try using plant-based herbs such as rosemary instead of mint. Cumin seeds and coriander powder add an earthy flavor that pairs perfectly with yogurt. For those who like it spicier, red pepper flakes can be sprinkled on top of each serving.

Lastly, if you are a fan of different culinary cultures, experiment with other ethnic yogurt soups such as Indian Kadhi or Greek Avgolemono soup.

In conclusion, there are wide-ranging ingredients that can be used as substitutions and variations in your Yayla Corbasi recipe that will give you endless options for creative experimentation! So don’t hesitate to play around and find what suits your palate best!

Serving and Pairing

 A soup that's perfect for any season
A soup that’s perfect for any season

When it comes to serving and pairing this Turkish Yogurt Soup, there are a few things to consider. First of all, this soup is typically served as a starter or appetizer, so you’ll want to be careful not to make the portions too large. A small bowl of this soup is all that’s needed to whet your appetite and get your taste buds tingling.

In terms of pairing, I would suggest serving this soup with some crusty bread or even some pita bread. The bread can be used to soak up the delicious broth and add some texture to the dish. You could also serve this soup with some grilled meats, such as lamb or chicken, or even a simple salad.

If you’re looking for a beverage to pair with this Turkish Yogurt Soup, try some traditional Turkish tea or even a glass of Ayran, which is a salty yogurt drink that’s popular in Turkey. The salty taste of the Ayran pairs perfectly with the tanginess of the soup.

Overall, when it comes to serving and pairing this soup, keep it simple and let the flavors speak for themselves. Don’t overpower the delicate taste of this Yayla Corbasi with heavy dishes or strong drinks. Instead, opt for light and refreshing accompaniments that will complement the soup without stealing the show.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Yogurt in soup? Trust me, it's delicious!
Yogurt in soup? Trust me, it’s delicious!

One of the best things about Yayla Corbasi is that it can easily be made ahead, stored and reheated for later eating. In fact, it’s even better when you reheat it!

If you want to make this soup ahead of time, simply cook as described in the recipe and let it cool to room temperature. Then, transfer it to a large airtight container or individual containers. Storing Yayla Corbasi in individual containers is an excellent option if you are meal prepping or don’t want to waste any leftovers.

You can store Yayla Corbasi in the fridge for up to 4 days, but we recommend you eat it within 2-3 days. When reheating, add a small amount of water to the soup and mix thoroughly. This will help bring back the original consistency of the soup as it may thicken slightly during storage. Heat on medium-high heat until fully hot while stirring often.

For longer-term storage, we recommend freezing Yayla Corbasi in freezer-safe containers, leaving about an inch of space at the top to allow for expansion during freezing. The soup can be frozen for up to three months. Defrosting from frozen should be done slowly overnight in the fridge before reheating.

It’s always a good idea to add some garnish and freshness when reheating your soup. A sprinkle of dried mint or red pepper flakes can really liven up the flavors that have been all mixed together!

In summary, Yayla Corbasi is an ideal candidate for make-ahead meals, storing and reheating. It makes a great item that you could add into your weekly meal prep schedule since it’s easy to make in large batches and store for future use without compromising its taste or quality. Reheated Yayla Corbasi just gets better with time!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A hearty soup that's sure to satisfy
A hearty soup that’s sure to satisfy

Want your Yayla Corbasi to turn out perfectly? Here are some tips and tricks to ensure your yogurt soup is delicious and flavorful.

1. Use the right kind of rice: Turkish rice – also known as baldo rice – is ideal for Yayla Corbasi because it absorbs liquid without becoming too mushy. Opt for baldo rice over other varieties, like jasmine or basmati, which can change the consistency of the soup.

2. Temper the yogurt: It’s important to temper the yogurt before adding it to the soup to prevent it from curdling. To do this, place a small amount of the hot soup in a bowl with whisked plain yogurt and mix well, gradually adding more soup until it becomes warm. Then pour the mixture into the pot and stir until evenly combined.

3. Be patient with the roux: The roux – a mixture of butter and flour – helps thicken the soup. When making it, be sure to cook it over medium-high heat for at least 5 minutes, stirring frequently. If it doesn’t cook long enough, it won’t thicken properly.

4. Let it simmer: After adding all of your ingredients to the pot, bring the soup to a boil then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. This will allow all of the flavors to meld together and create a rich and savory broth.

5. Don’t forget the toppings: A sprinkle of dried mint and a pinch of sea salt can take your Yayla Corbasi to the next level. Serve with some crusty bread or top with cooked rice for extra texture.

By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to making a restaurant-quality Turkish yogurt soup that’s sure to impress your guests or warm you up on a cold winter day.


As you read through this recipe for Yayla Corbasi, you may have some questions in mind. That’s completely normal, as sometimes the smallest doubts can have a big impact on the final result. In this section, I will try to address some of the most frequently asked questions about Yayla Corbasi that can assist you in preparing a successful and pleasurable soup to enjoy with your family and friends. So, let’s dive right into it!

What is yogurt soup made of?

When making yogurt soup, it’s important to ensure that the yogurt doesn’t curdle. To prevent this, a small amount of cornstarch is added to the mixture, along with salt and water. To further prevent curdling, some recipes call for the addition of eggs or rice. Alternatively, whisking in flour, cornstarch or an egg will help keep the yogurt from curdling.

How do you temper yogurt for soup?

When making hot soups that call for yogurt, it’s important to temper it first. This means slowly bringing the temperature of the yogurt to match that of the soup, so it doesn’t curdle or separate. To do so, take a small amount of warm soup, but not boiling, and whisk it together with the yogurt in a separate bowl. Then, gradually pour the yogurt mixture back into the soup, stirring constantly to blend it all together.

What is Turkish soup made of?

Originating from Turkey’s Southeastern region, Ezogelin soup is a robust and savory dish that incorporates red lentils, rice, bulgur, pepper paste, and a blend of traditional Turkish spices. This flavorful soup is an excellent representation of Turkey’s diverse regional cuisine.

What is Turkish style yogurt?

Yogurt that hails from Turkey is produced using the milk of various animals like sheep, goats, cows, and buffalo, among others. However, for creating this velvety concoction on an industrial scale, bovine milk is the preferred choice. The Turkish yogurt, Anatolian yogurt, is a delightful indulgence that makes for an amazing combo when had with olives and other such tasty accompaniments.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking to try a new and delicious soup recipe, I highly recommend giving Yayla Corbasi (Turkish Yogurt Soup) a try. This soup is hearty, comforting, and full of flavor that will leave you feeling satisfied and content. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile and can easily be tailored to your preferences by adding or substituting ingredients as needed. With its combination of rice, yogurt, and spices such as dried mint and sea salt, this soup is a perfect representation of the flavors of Turkish cuisine.

So why not take a chance on this authentic Turkish soup recipe? With its easy-to-follow instructions and simple ingredients list, you’ll have a delicious meal on the table in no time. Whether you’re serving it at a dinner party or enjoying it as a quick weeknight meal, Yayla Corbasi is sure to please. So grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and get ready to experience the true taste of Turkey with this amazing Yayla Corbasi (Turkish Yogurt Soup) recipe. Bon Appetit!

Yayla Corbasi (Turkish Yogurt Soup)

Yayla Corbasi (Turkish Yogurt Soup) Recipe

As recommended by my friend, Ahmad
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Starter/Soup
Cuisine Turkish
Calories 278.4 kcal


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/2 cup rice, washed and drained
  • 2 cups yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint
  • sea salt


  • In a large pot boil the water, rice, salt and bouillon. Cook on medium high, until the rice is done.
  • Meanwhile in a bowl, mix yogurt, milk, egg yolk and flour. After the rice is cooked, take a few spoons of liquid from the pot and mix into the bowl. Then slowly pour your mixture into the pot while stirring very slowly. Cook for 10 more minutes on low heat.
  • Place the butter in a frying pan. When it begins spitting, stir in the mint and pour into your soup.
  • Serve immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 553gCalories: 278.4kcalCarbohydrates: 33.1gProtein: 8.7gFat: 12.2gSaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 77.1mgSodium: 391mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 6g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Asian, Middle Eastern, Turkish
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