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Ozlem Warren – Balkabagi Corbasi

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Balkabagi Corbasi, Pumpkin Soup with Cumin, Chili Flakes, Yoghurt by Ozlem Warren

You can order a signed copy of Ozlem Warren’s debut cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland, at this link,

This is an easy, delicious, pumpkin soup flavored with spices and yoghurt. Balkabagi, pumpkin, is sold in street stalls and farmers markets, Pazar, at home, either as a whole or in huge, deseeded chunks and we love its natural sweetness.

I mildly flavored our pumpkin soup, Balkabagi Corbasi, with ground cumin and red pepper flakes. Warming, pungent cumin and a delicious spicy kick from red pepper flakes or chili flakes work well with the sweetness of the pumpkin. Adding plain yoghurt at the end gives a lovely creamy texture and a bit of tartness, really delicious and wholesome. When pumpkin is not in season, you can try this soup with butternut squash.

I hope you enjoy this nutritious, easy pumpkin soup, packed with flavor.

Afiyet Olsun,


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