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Yuvalama The Famous Turkish Yogurt Soup

It is a very tasty and satisfying dish unique to the city of Gaziantep in Turkey. Yuvalama is a local flavor with different taste and texture.

October 30, 2019
Turkish YuvalamaPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Hard
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 60 mins
Cooking 40 mins
Total 100 mins

Turkish Yuvalama Recipe Video



  1. Cook the cubed lamb meat in a pot with 5 glasses of water. Continue cooking until the meat is soft.
  2. In a bowl, knead the rice flour and ground beef. If necessary, add some water. Continue the kneading process by adding salt, black pepper and chili pepper. Knead and check the consistency. If the meatballs do not disperse when you turn them into tiny balls, the consistency is appropriate.
  3. Make the meatballs in the size of chickpeas. Add the tiny rounded meatballs and the chickpeas to the soup and cook without mixing too much. Check the salt. When the meatballs are cooked, turn down the heat.
  4. Add cold water to the strained yogurt in a bowl. After adding the flour and egg, make it smooth by mixing.
  5. Add some broth to the yogurt and warm it. Then slowly add this mix to the meat, while stirring and cook it. Bring it to a boil.
  6. Melt the butter in a separate pan. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and mint and fry the mint. Pour it over the soup. Serve the soup.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Turkish Yuvalama
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 194 mg64.7%
Sodium 1140 mg49.6%
Potassium 927 mg19.7%
Protein 60.4 g120.8%
Total Fat 27.7 g35.5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Lean ground beef should be preferred.
  • Soak chickpeas in water overnight. Boil it before cooking. Make sure to boil it after straining the water.
  • Yuvalama rice flour is sold separately. If you can't find it, soak the rice in hot water for 30-45 minutes. Strain it. Leave it on the towel paper overnight. When you use it, mix it in a blender and turn it into flour.
  • After preparing the meatball mixture, keep it in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes. In this way, you can shape more easily.
  • When adding yogurt to the soup, first mix it with the broth. This way yogurt mixes better with other ingredients.
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It is a soup made with yogurt. However, it can also be prepared with tomato paste or bulgur. It can also be made without meat. This delicious and filling soup is served with rice pilaf or noodles.

It is one of the favorite dishes of Gaziantep, although it takes a little longer to make. Gaziantep cuisine reflects the culinary heritage of various civilizations. This delicious soup, prepared with lamb and beef, is traditionally made during Ramadan. Traditionally, family members and neighbors get together to roll the meatballs.

If you haven’t tried the Turkish yuvalama recipe before, you are missing on a lot. Go ahead and give it a try. Bon Appetit!

Turkish Yuvalama and History of Gaziantep Cuisine

One of the unique tastes of Gaziantep Cuisine is Yuvalama. It is known as soup. In the Gaziantep region, it is consumed as the main dish.

Gaziantep Cuisine has an important place in Turkish Cuisine. There are more than 400 kinds of food. It has been protected by UNESCO.

Yuvarlama is among the dishes that are difficult to make in this special cuisine. It is done frequently on special occasions. It is a soup made especially during Ramadan Feasts. It is a tradition to cook this meal with family members and neighbors.

How to Make Turkish Yuvalama Without Meat?

Traditional Yuvalama is made with lamb and beef. It is served with yoghurt sauce and butter. You can also make Meatless Turkish Yuvalama Soup.

Meatballs are prepared with bulgur, semolina, flour, chickpeas, onion, tomato paste, lentil and water. For this, soak the bulgur. Add the onion, tomato paste and spices and knead the bulgur. Make the meatballs in the size of chickpeas. Put lentil and hot water in the pot. Leave it to cook. After 15 minutes, add the meatballs and boiled chickpeas to the pot. To prepare a sauce with tomato paste, pour the oil into the pan. Add tomato paste, salt, black pepper and chili pepper. After roasting the tomato paste, add mint and grated tomato if you want to. After the sauce is cooked, add it to the meatballs.

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