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Afghan traditional soup or Shorwa.

Shorwa (Persian/Pashto: شوروا; or shurwa, shorba, surwa;[1] literally "soup") is a traditional Afghan soup. The larger Persian term[2] shorba is used to mean "soup" widely across Eurasia (c.f. Turkish çorba).

Shorwa is meant to be a simple dish. It is usually served communally in a single bowl and is mixed with bread on the dastarkhān.[3] Preparing the shorwa is a long process and to speed up the process a pressure cooker is used normally. It takes at least two hours to get it cooked in the pressure cooker.[4] The main ingredients for shorwa are potato, meat (mutton,[5] beef or chicken) and beans.[6]


  1. ^ Naz̲īr Aḥmad (1899). The bride's mirror; or, Mir-ātu l -ạrūs of Maulavī Naz̲īr -Aḥmad. H. Frowde, Oxford University Press. pp. 323–. 
  2. ^ Alan Davidson (21 September 2006). The Oxford Companion to Food. OUP Oxford. pp. 2056–. ISBN 978-0-19-101825-1. 
  3. ^ Robert W. Bradnock (1994). South Asian Handbook. Trade & Travel Publications. p. 1123. 
  4. ^ Afghan Beef and Bean Soup, Shorwa e Ghosht - Afghan Culture Unveiled
  5. ^ P. Bajpai (2002). Encyclopaedia of Afghanistan: Afghanistan: customs and traditions. Anmol Publications. p. 147. ISBN 978-81-261-1114-5. 
  6. ^ Shorwa-E-Tarkari (Meat & Veg Soup) | Afghan Kitchen Recipes

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