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    Shurpa - an Eastern European Lamb Soup

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    3 hrs 30 mins

    1 hrs 30 mins

    2 hrs

    Pa. Hiker's Note:

    The only difference between this and a stew is the thickness of the broth. Shurpa has enough body to make a satisfying meal when served with buns (traditionally, Cilantro Buns #245014).

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    1. 1
      Heat the oil in a heavy soup pot over high heat. Add the lamb and brown lightly, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the onions and continue to cook until the lamb is thoroughly browned and the onions are softened and colored, about 7 minutes more.
    2. 2
      Spoon off all the fat from the pot, then add the stock, and bring to a boll. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the lamb is tender, about 1-1/4 hours.
    3. 3
      Refrigerate the soup, uncovered, until the fat rises to the surface, about 40 minutes. Skim the fat away.
    4. 4
      Bring the soup to a boil over medium heat and add the turnip, zucchini, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, cumin seeds, chilis, and coriander. Cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Add the chick-peas and cook for 10 minutes more.
    5. 5
      Remove the chili peppers from the soup and add salt and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Taste and add more salt and vinegar, if desired. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
    6. 6
      Serve the soup garnished with plenty of cilantro.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 06, 2007


      I made this soup in the spring and forgot to review it until now. In addition to it's cool and usual name, it has a wonderful usual flavour as well. It was a big hit. The only thing that I did differently was I used red and yellow peppers instead of green ( it is more colourful). I would be interested in the recipe for the traditional buns to go along with it. How about it Hiker?

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    • on December 26, 2006


      I make this at least once a month. My fiance goes crazy for it.

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    Nutritional Facts for Shurpa - an Eastern European Lamb Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (648 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 414.4
    Calories from Fat 159
    Total Fat 17.6 g
    Saturated Fat 3.6 g
    Cholesterol 74.8 mg
    Sodium 1209.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 33.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.9 g
    Sugars 8.5 g
    Protein 32.5 g

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