Cook1 hr 5 mins
This is the Greek way to cure the common cold. It is delicious. Make sure to mince the vegetables quite fine - you want them soft and melt-in-the-mouth. This is not the soup for crunchy veggies. Please note that the eggs are not 'raw' in this soup, but are actually tempered in the hot broth.
- Put chicken, water, parsley, onion and salt in a large pan and bring to a boil.
- Cover pan and let simmer for 45 minutes.
- Remove chicken and parsley, discard parsley.
- Let chicken cool a bit, so you don't burn yourself, and cut into cubes.
- Set aside.
- Add rice, carrot and celery to broth and cook for 20 minutes.
- Add lemon juice to the soup.
- Turn off heat.
- Beat the eggs and cornstarch in a small bowl.
- While whisking, slowly dribble in hot chicken stock- never stop whisking.
- Do this until you have used up a couple of ladlefuls of stock.
- This tempers the eggs so they do not curdle.
- Slowly add egg to the hot soup and give a good stir.
- Add chicken and serve, sprinkled with a bit of pepper (if desired).
- Note: I would just like to point out that the eggs in this soup are not raw - they are cooked by the hot stock. That is what the tempering process is all about (and to make sure the eggs don't curdle :-) ).