Zeamă Recipe: A Romanian Comfort in Every Sip

Dish recipes: Zeamă
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Step into the heart of Romanian cuisine with our Zeamă recipe. This traditional sour soup, known for its comforting warmth and tangy flavors, is a staple in Romanian households. Join us on a culinary journey as we explore the simple yet soul-soothing essence of Zeamă.


1 lb (0.45 kg) chicken, cut into pieces

1 onion, finely chopped

2 carrots, sliced

1 parsnip, sliced

1 celery root, diced

1/2 cup (120 ml) rice

1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice

2 eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley for garnish


In a large pot, bring chicken pieces to a boil in 8 cups (1.9 liters) of water. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface. Add chopped onion, sliced carrots, parsnip, and diced celery root to the pot. Simmer until the vegetables are tender. Remove the chicken from the pot, shred the meat, and return it to the soup. Stir in rice and continue simmering until the rice is cooked. In a bowl, whisk together lemon juice and eggs. Gradually add a ladle of hot soup to the egg mixture, stirring constantly to temper the eggs. Slowly pour the egg mixture back into the pot, stirring continuously. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for an additional 5-7 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.


Serve Zeamă hot, savoring the rich aroma and tangy goodness. It's perfect on its own or accompanied by a slice of crusty bread for a truly authentic experience.

Zeamă is more than a soup it's a comforting embrace that transcends generations. Share the warmth and tradition of this Romanian culinary treasure with loved ones.