Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chilled Yogurt Wheat Berry Soup (Soguk Yogurt Corbasi)

Wheat berry, is not a berry at all, but it refers to the entire wheat kernel. They retain all their original goodness, including B vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. I usually double the amount of the berries and freeze the half for the second time because I can never have enough of this soup.
Wheat berries are so versatile you can also use these berries for a delicious salad with a crunchy texture, or even for a fiber packed breakfast! Just add some cranberries, raisins and nuts (pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts) with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup or maple-yogurt combination and voilà! you won't go back to your instant oatmeal again. It is chewy, nuty and so versatile...go ahead and give these humble berries a chance they won't dissappoint you whether with a sweet combination or savory!

1 cup soft wheat berries
1/2 cup dry chickpeas or 1 cup canned, drained and rinsed (optional)
1 (32 oz) plain non fat yogurt, (strained yogurt is the best for this recipe)
1 tsp dried-mint flakes or finely chopped fresh mint
1 tsp dried oregano (optional)
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
olive oil (garnish)


1. Soak berries (and chickpeas if you are using) overnight, keep in the refrigerator to avoid fermentation. You will need 3 cups of water for 1 cup of berries.
2. In a large pot over medium-high heat. Bring berries to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, covered, until plump and chewy (and a few of the berries split open), about 30 min. (it takes about an hour or longer if you skipped the first step and didn't soak them overnight). The berries will  be chewy, taste a few to make sure they are cooked. Drain and set aside. (If you are using chickpeas, cook the chickpeas with the berries, if you are using canned version add them 10 min. after you add the berries)
3. Let the berries cool.
4. Add the yogurt and stir to combine.
5. Sprinkle dried mint flakes and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and savor every bit of it!

1 comment:

  1. I have never had a yogurt soup before, but I know I love wheatberries. I can't wait to try this. :)