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Lâpa (Turkish) or lapas (Greek λαπάς) is a kind of rice porridge or gruel eaten in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire. It is made of just rice, water, and salt and has the consistency of a thick soup.

In Greek cuisine, it is used as a remedy for diarrhea, served with lemon juice.[1]

The word comes from Armenian լափ lap’ 'watery food for dogs, pap for babies'.[2]


  1. ^ G. Babiniotis, Λεξικό της Νέας Ελληνικής Γλώσσας (1998)
  2. ^ Robert Dankoff, Armenian Loanwords in Turkish, ISBN 3-447-03640-0. p. 53 snippet