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Ciorbă (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈt͡ʃʲorbə]), from Persian shorba (شوربا) via Turkish çorba is a general Romanian word used in Romania and the Republic of Moldova to describe sour soups consisting of various vegetables and meat. Most people differentiate between "supă" (soup) and "ciorbă" by the fact that supă has no added acid and is usually clear (with only one exception), while ciorbă may contain a wide variety of sour ingredients, usually lemons, borș, or zeamă de varză acră (sauerkraut juice). In Moldavia region, the word borș means simply any sour soup.[1] Lovage is a frequent addition.

A bowl of ciorbă
CourseEntrée, Main course
Place of originRomania
Main ingredientsWater, vegetables, borș, spices
VariationsMade with meat, fish, or liver

Ciorbă is a widespread and popular dish in Romania, and is occasionally considered to have beneficial health effects.[2] When served hot it is thought to stimulate digestion and be effective against colds.[3]

In 2013, 18 percent of respondents in a national poll in Romania declared ciorbă their favourite dish.[4]

Beef ciorbă served with sour cream and chili
Ciorbă in Montenegro

Types of ciorbă include:

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  1. ^ "Teorii de istorie culinară care ne dezamăgesc: borşul şi mujdeiul, singurele alimente cu adevărat româneşti. Micii inventaţi de Cocoşatu' – un mit urban". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Supa şi ciorba: scurtă istorie". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Ce ciorbă preferă să mănânce românii". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Ce obiceiuri alimentare au romanii - sondaj IRES". Retrieved 25 November 2018.