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Bob Chorba – Bulgarian bean soup

Due to its simplicity and deliciousness, it is probably the single most popular and common dish in Bulgarian cuisine. The Bob Chorba (or Bean soup), has served for centuries as main food, especially in rural regions. The popularity of the bean soup is due to the many varieties of beans available in Bulgaria, as well as the nutritional value of the dish, which is eaten as a main course in the common case.Bob Chorba - ingredients
Here we try to stick to the original recipe of Bob Chorba, but there can be dozens of variations. It’s cooked in a large earthenware pot, but if you don’t have one, that should not put you off, just use an ordinary large saucepan.

Preparation and cooking time: 2 hours

Serves: 6


200 g beans
1.5 liters water
2 carrots
1-2 bell peppers, sliced
2 tomatoes, grated or pureed
2 onions, finely chopped
1 chili pepper (optional)
4-5 sprigs of fresh mint (use dried if you don’t have fresh)
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp paprika
Salt to taste


Soak the beans in the water overnight. Next morning drain off the water, add same amount and bring to boil. If you don’t want to wait one day to get this done, you can simply boil the beans for an hour, then discard the water, add water again and bring to a boil again.Bob Chorba-Bulgarian bean soup
Simmer gently for about an hour or until the beans soften. In earthenware pot sauté onion and carrot with oil for 5-10 min. Add the peppers and paprika and cook for 1 more min, then add the beans and water. Add the tomatoes and mint sprigs to the soup and season with salt. Leave the soup to simmer on a low heat for about 20 minutes.

5 comments to Bob Chorba – Bulgarian bean soup

  • Doug

    Are those the real Bulgarian Radovene Bean? A very nice Bulgarian lady gave me 35 of them, and they look exactly like the ones in your picture. As a matter of a fact, I just got through planting them today. They look absolutly delicious. I sure hope they all grow. Can you give me any info on that particular bean?
    If they grow, I WILL try this recipe.

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  • Kate Carter

    Thanks for posting this dish.
    Would you please state the name of the bean used in this dish?
    I would like to make it this evening for some homesick Bulgarian guests.
    Thanks much!

    • Sergey

      Hello Kate,
      the bean variety is called “sharen bob” and it’s pretty common in Bulgaria. I don’t know if you have it where you are but don’t worry you can substitute it with every other kind of beans, trust me. And if you want to have this typical Bulgarian type of beans, which is very tasty indeed, ask anyone who travel to Bulgaria to pick up few beans. You can plant and grown your own harvest – they grow pretty well even in a pot.


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