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For the surname, see Ciorbă (surname).
A bowl of ciorbă
Course Entrée Main course
Place of origin Romania (from Turkey)
Main ingredients Water, vegetables, borş, spices
Variations with meat, fish, liver
Cookbook: Ciorbă  Media: Ciorbă

Ciorbă (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈt͡ʃorbə]), from Persian shorba (شوربا), via the Turkish word çorba is a general Romanian word describing sour soups consisting of various vegetables and meat. Most Romanians differentiate between “supă” (soup) and “ciorbă” by the fact that soup has no added acid and is usually clear (there's only one exception), while ciorbă may contain a wide variety of sour ingredients, usually lemons, borș or “zeamă de varză acră” (Sauerkraut juice). In Moldova, the word borș means soup.[1] Lovage is a frequent addition.

Beef ciorbă served with sour cream and hot chili

Types of ciorbă include:

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  1. ^ "Ciorba or Bors". World Food (in Romanian). 

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