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Shared by Tsivia Tobi

Tsivia Tobi's Merget Kaski (Vegetable Soup With Bulgur)

Yield: 8 - 10 servingsTime: 1h 45min

This recipe was shared by Tsivia Tobi. Read more about her family in "Keeping a Couscous Tradition Alive — Even When There’s No Couscous in Sight" and try her recipes for kofta (meat patties), mashed pumpkin, and turshi (pickled vegetables).


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered    
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut in half or thirds
  • 4-6 stalks celery, cut into two inch pieces
  • 1 medium to large turnip, peeled and cut into medium chunks
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into medium chunks
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 ½ teaspoons of salt, divided
  • 6 cups of stock (any kind)
  • 4 small potatoes (~1 lb.), quartered
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into medium chunks
  • 2 large or 3 medium zucchinis, quartered
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup of dry bulgur wheat, cooked separately, following instructions on box
Soups & StewsVegetarianVeganPareveNorth Africa


  • Step 1

    In a large stock pot, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrot, celery, turnip, parsnips, parsley, cilantro, and dill and saute for 15 minutes until vegetables soften.

  • Step 2

    Stir in tomato paste and 1 ½  teaspoons of salt and sauté for 1 minute. Add the stock and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, partially covered.

  • Step 3

    Add the potatoes, butternut squash, and zucchini and simmer for 20 minutes until softened. Add the chickpeas and simmer for 10 more minutes.

  • Step 4

    Add 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

  • Step 5

    Remove from heat and stir in ½ cup of cilantro.

  • Step 6

    To serve, spoon ½ cup of bulgur into a bowl, top with soup and meat patties.