Booshala (Assyrian Yogurt Soup)

This is a traditional Assyrian yogurt soup.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
10 servings


  • 1 small head cabbage, diced

  • 8 ribs celery, diced, or more to taste

  • 2 bunches dill, chopped

  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

  • 3 yellow banana peppers, halved and seeded

  • 3 (10 ounce) packages fresh spinach

  • 4 (32 ounce) containers plain yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 lemons, juiced, or more to taste

  • 1 pinch salt to taste


  1. Place cabbage, celery, dill, and cilantro in a large stockpot. Pour in enough water to barely cover. Bring to a boil; cook uncovered until cabbage and celery are just tender, about 10 minutes. Add banana peppers. Stir in spinach bit by bit, waiting for it to wilt between batches. Reduce heat to medium-low.

  2. Whisk yogurt and flour in a bowl. Add to the stockpot. Season with lemon juice and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until yogurt is hot but not boiling, 7 to 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Use as much lemon juice as you like, 1 to 5 lemons' worth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

295 Calories
6g Fat
40g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 90mg 449%
Calcium 830mg 64%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 1724mg 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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