Thimble Soup

Sample Dishes from Turkish Cuisine

Thimble Soup (
Yüksük Çorbası)

Chickpeas1/3 cup60 gr
Water7 cup1400 gr
Flour1 cup110 gr
Salt2 1/2 teaspoon15 gr
Egg1/2 piece25 gr
Ground Meat1/2 cup90 gr
Black Pepper1/4 teaspoon0.5 gr
Oil1 tablespoon10 gr
Tomato paste2 tablespoon20 gr
Margarine3 tablespoon30 gr
Mint1 tablespoon1.3 gr
Lemon juice3 tablespoon30 gr


Soak chickpeas overnight with 1 cup of water. Cook in a pressure saucepan with 1 cup of water for 40 minutes, or untıl tender. Set aside. Reserve 2-3 tablespoons of flour. Sift rest with salt. Make a hole in center. Add egg and 3 tablespoons of water to make a medium stiff dough. Knead for 2-3 minutes shaping into a ball. Let stand for 5 minutes. Roll out into 1 mm thick circle. Cut into small circles 1 1/2 cm (3/4 inch) in diameter with a thimble. Cover and set aside. Combine ground meat, salt and black pepper mixing well. Shape into marble sized balls. Brown in heated oil on both sides in a non-stick pan, shaking occasionally. Heat chickpeas over low heat. Add diluted tomato paste, salt and hot water mixing well. Bring to boil. Stir in round noodles blending well. Reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes or until noodles are tender but firm. Add meat balls and lemon juice, stirring well. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Melt margarine in a skillet. Stir in crushed mint; mix. Sprinkle over soup before serving. Serve hot.

Servings: 6

Nutritional Value
(in approximately one serving)

Energy192 cal
Protein7,6 g
Fat8,6 g
Carbohydrates20,9 g
Calcium22 mg
Iron1,44 mg
Phosphorus89 mg
Zinc1 mg
Sodium999 mg
Vitamin A210 iu
Thiamine0,07 mg
Riboflavin0,09 mg
Niacin1,45 mg
Vitamin C2 mg
Cholesterol32 mg

Regional Characteristics:

It is a very famous soup from the Mediterranean Region. It is served as a main dish for lunch or dinner. Any vegetable dish with yogurt is served as a side dish. Name of the soup comes from the way of cutting pastry to form noodles.