Cypriot Meatball Soup (Yourvarlakia Avgolemono) (Gluten Free)

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by UmmBinat

A lovely soup from The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos

Top Review by awalde

Delicious, thanks for posting always interesting recipes!
I know that it was I strange combination: I served the meatball soup with steamed asparagus.
After boiling one hour, the broth was reduced to about 3 cups. I drained the meatballs and I incorporated eggs and lemon juice to the sauce. After heating again (don't boil!) I placed the meatballs back to the sauce.
In this way the soup/sauce was thick enough to serve with asparagus. The abundant sauce was more than welcome.
A big thanks again!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat 1 egg and mix it with the ground meat, onion, rice, 2 tbs parsley, mint, & salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Shape into meatballs the size of a small walnut and coat lightly with rice flour.
  3. Bring stock to a boil in a soup pot & drop in prepared meatballs; add the butter.
  4. Cover and simmer gently for 1 hour.
  5. In a bowl beat remaining two eggs until light and foamy.
  6. Gradually beat in lemon juice.
  7. Slowly add about 2 cups of the simmering stock, beating constantly.
  8. Pour the egg mixture into the soup and stir lightly but constantly for two minutes to cook the egg.
  9. Remove from heat and stir for a further minute so the heat of the pot will not cause the egg to curdle.
  10. Ladle soup into soup plates and sprinkle with a little chopped parsley.
  11. Serve with crusty bread.

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