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Pileća corba.jpg
A čorba from Serbia
Type Soup or stew
Cookbook: Chorba  Media: Chorba
A close-up view of a chorba
Begova Čorba and somun bread.

Chorba (Turkish: çorba, pronounced [tʃoɾˈba]) is one of various kinds of soup or stew found in national cuisines across the Balkans, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Spelling variants[edit]

Kyrgyz shorpo
Bulgarian Chorba

Chorba is derived from a Persian term شوربا from shor ("salty, brackish") and ba ("stew").[1]

Chorba is also called shorba (Persian: شوربا‎‎), (Amharic: ሾርባ?), shorwa (Pashto: شوروا‎), ciorbă (Romanian: ciorbă), shurpa (Russian: шурпа), shorpa (Uyghur: شورپا‎), shorpo (Kyrgyz: шорпо), and sorpa (Kazakh: сорпа).[citation needed] In South Asia, the term shorba (Urdu: شوربہ‎, Hindi: शोरबा) simply means gravy.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alan Davidson (21 September 2006). The Oxford Companion to Food. OUP Oxford. pp. 2055–. ISBN 978-0-19-101825-1.