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bob chorba
Bob Chorba (Bean Soup)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
Bob chorba (or bob chorpa) is a hearty and comforting traditional Bulgarian bean soup that is delicately flavored with spearmint.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Bulgarian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Mike Benayoun
  • cup dried white beans
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 1 carrot , finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper , finely chopped
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried spearmint
  • 2 tomatoes , finely chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley , chopped
  1. Rinse the beans in cold running water. Place them in a large pot and soak them in cold water overnight.

  2. The following morning, discard the soaking water. Add 3 cups (750ml) of water to the beans in the pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

  3. After 5 minutes, discard the water once again, leaving only the beans in the pan.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the beans and fry over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Add 4 cups of water to the beans. Then lower the heat and simmer the beans until they start becoming tender, about 45 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, add 2 tablespoons of oil to another pan. Then add the carrots and onion. Sauté for 8 minutes.
  7. Add the bell pepper, tomatoes, paprika, spearmint, salt and pepper and stir well. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the mixture to the beans and water in the other pot. Keep the soup simmering until the beans are completely cooked but remain whole, about 20 minutes. Do not overcook them.
  9. Serve hot with parsley or grated cheese on top.