Aash Persian Soup Recipe with Lentils

Rice and vegetable aash with puy lentils

  • serves 6-8
  • Easy

To say that aash is merely a soup would be underselling it – this hearty staple of Persian cuisine is always herb- based but there are many varieties: some with meat, some with barley, rice, tomato or pomegranate molasses. It’s the best comfort food on a cold day. This is Sabrina Ghayour's Western version but still every bit as delicious



  • olive oil for frying
  • onions 2 large, finely chopped
  • flat-leaf parsley a large bunch, finely chopped
  • coriander a large bunch, finely chopped
  • garlic 5 large cloves, crushed
  • unsweetened tamarind paste 1 tbsp
  • paprika 2 tsp
  • tomato purée 3 tbsp
  • butter 75g
  • plain flour 1 heaped tbsp
  • vegetable stock 1 litre
  • basmati rice 100g
  • dried puy lentils 100g
  • dill a small bunch, finely chopped
  • spring onions a bunch, thinly sliced


  • Step 1

    Pour in enough olive oil to coat the base of a large pan and put over a medium heat. Cook the onions for a few minutes until softened, without browning. Add the parsley and coriander, and cook them down for a few minutes until wilted. Stir in the garlic and cook for a few more minutes until soft and translucent, again without browning.

  • Step 2

    Stir in the tamarind, paprika, tomato purée and butter, then add the flour and mix well. Fry for a few minutes, then pour in the stock and 1 litre of cold water, and season generously. Bring the contents of the pan to a rolling boil, then stir in the rice and lentils. Reduce the heat and simmer, without a lid, for 25-30 minutes or until the rice and lentils are cooked. If the soup seems too thick, add some boiling water (up to 300ml), a little at a time, until you reach a desired consistency.

  • Step 3

    Season, then serve immediately (it will continue to absorb more liquid if left to sit too long) with the dill and sliced spring onions scattered on top.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 245
  • Fat 11.5g
  • Saturates 5.4g
  • Carbs 25.4g
  • Sugars 6.3g
  • Fibre 5.9g
  • Protein 7g
  • Salt 0.5g