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Aash Persian Soup Recipe with Lentils

Rice and vegetable aash with puy lentils

Published: April 29, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 6-8

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

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal245
fat11.5g
saturates5.4g
carbs25.4g
sugars6.3g
fibre5.9g
protein7g
salt0.5g
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Ingredients

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

Method

  • 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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