In our culture yogurt has a very important role, and we do incorporate it in almost all of our dishes, even if only as a wash for various doughs, combined with egg, or as a drink, like the refreshing Cacik or Ayran ( will tel you about those in a future post ) . We love yogurt so much that we even make a soup out of it.
This yogurt soup is easy to make, you need very few ingredients, and makes a very refreshing, healthy and light dish.
Ingredients for 4 portions:
1/4 cup rice
4 cups water ( you can also use meat stock )
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups plain yogurt - room temperature if possible.
2-3 tablespoons butter
1-2 tablespoons dried mint
Wash the rice and put it to boil with the water and salt, until it gets very soft, 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat well the egg with the flour in a medium bowl, add the yogurt, mix well, and then add some water, about 1/4 cup, to make it thinner, and put in a pan over low heat, letting it cook for 10-15 minutes. It is important to have the heat on low for the yogurt not to curdle.
When the rice is cooked, pour everything (water too) on top of the yogurt, mix well, and let it cook on low for another 10-15 minutes.
In a small sauce pan melt the butter, mix it with the dried mint, but careful for the butter not to be very hot and burn the mint. Pour the butter on top of the soup, and serve hot.
See, I told you this was simple!