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Lapa prepared with poppy seeds.
Associated national cuisineTurkey Turkey
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsRice

Lapa (Turkish) or lapas (Greek λαπάς) is a kind of rice porridge or gruel eaten in the Balkans, Levant, and Middle East. It is made of just rice, water, and salt and has the consistency of a thick soup.

In Greek cuisine, it is used as a remedy for diarrhea, served with lemon juice.[1]


The dictionary of the Türk Dil Kurumu considers it a loanword from Pontic Greek ("Rumca").[2]

A scholar of Turkish loanwords, on the other hand, gives it an Armenian origin: լափ lap’ 'watery food for dogs, pap for babies'.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ G. Babiniotis, Λεξικό της Νέας Ελληνικής Γλώσσας (1998)
  2. ^ "TÜRK DİL KURUMU". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  3. ^ Robert Dankoff, Armenian Loanwords in Turkish, ISBN 3-447-03640-0. p. 53 snippet