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TypeSoup or stew

Chorba or shorba, is one of various kinds of soup or stew found in national cuisines across the Balkans, Algeria, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.


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Chorba, or shorba, is variously derived from the Arabic word[which?][7] meaning gravy[8] or from a Persian term شوربا from shor ("salty, brackish") and ba/ab, آب، ما ("water/stew")[9] or from a hypothetical cognate word common to Arabic and Persian.[10] Shorwa means "soup" in Persian/Pashto.

Chorba is also called shorba (Persian: شوربا‎, Arabic: شوربة‎, Amharic: ሾርባ), sho'rva (Uzbek: шўрва), shorwa (Pashto: شوروا‎), chorba (Bulgarian: чорба), ciorbă (Romanian), shurpa (Russian: шурпа), shorpa (Uighur: شورپا, шорпа), çorba (Turkish: [tʃoɾˈba]), shorpo (Kyrgyz: шорпо) and sorpa (Kazakh: сорпа).[citation needed] In the Indian subcontinent, the term shorba in Hindi (Hindi: शोरबा) simply means gravy. It is a Mughlai dish and it has vegetarian forms such as tomato shorba.


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  1. ^ Bradnock, Robert W. (1994). South Asian Handbook. Trade & Travel Publications.
  2. ^ "Shorwa-E-Tarkari (Meat & Veg Soup)". KitchenRecipes.
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  4. ^ "Teorii de istorie culinară care ne dezamăgesc: borşul şi mujdeiul, singurele alimente cu adevărat româneşti. Micii inventaţi de Cocoşatu' – un mit urban". July 30, 2015. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  5. ^ "Supa şi ciorba: scurtă istorie". (in Romanian). Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  6. ^ "Ce ciorbă preferă să mănânce românii". A1.RO (in Romanian). Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  7. ^ Marks, Gil (2010-11-17). Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. HMH. ISBN 9780544186316.
  8. ^ Paniz, Neela (2015-11-05). Indian Slow Cooker. Ebury Publishing. ISBN 9781473528673.
  9. ^ Alan Davidson (21 September 2006). The Oxford Companion to Food. OUP Oxford. pp. 2055–. ISBN 978-0-19-101825-1.
  10. ^ Khan, Abdul Jamil (2006). Urdu/Hindi: An Artificial Divide: African Heritage, Mesopotamian Roots, Indian Culture & Britiah Colonialism. Algora Publishing. ISBN 9780875864396.