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Type Soup or stew
Cookbook: Chorba  Media: Chorba

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

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Chorba is derived from a Persian term شوربا from shor ("salty, brackish") and ba/ab, آب، ما ("water/stew").[1]

Chorba is also called shorba (Persian: شوربا‎, Amharic: ሾርባ), shorwa (Pashto: شوروا‎), ciorbă (Romanian), shurpa (Russian: шурпа), shorpa (Uyghur: شورپا, шорпа‎), çorba (Turkish, pronounced [tʃoɾˈba]), shorpo (Kyrgyz: шорпо), and sorpa (Kazakh: сорпа).[citation needed] In the Indian subcontinent, the term shorba in Hindi (Hindi: शोरबा) simply means gravy, while in Urdu (Urdu: شوربہ‎) it may mean either gravy or soup.[citation needed]


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