Persian Pomegranate Aash/Soup (Aash-e Anaar)

Ash-e anaar or Annar ashi ( Pomegranate soup) is a tasty and hearty soup. Star of this dish is gorgeous pomegranate seeds and it’s juice. It’s a soup with meat balls, fresh herbs such as mint, coriander,… and aromatic spices like cinnamon and earthy turmeric. Pomegranate soup is just perfect dish for a cold day.

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Persian pomegranate soup

200 g ground meat ( beef or lamb)

1 onion, grated

2 cups sour pomegranate juice

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp turmeric

1 cup rice

1 small bunch of parsley, finely chopped

1 small bunch of coriander, finely chopped

1 small bunch of mint, finely chopped

1 small bunch of chives or spring onions (green parts), finely chopped

3 tbsp cooked yellow split peas (or Lapeh as we say in Farsi)

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp dried mint

Sea salt and chilli flakes to taste

Oil

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Method

In a large bowl with grated onion, add meat, cinnamon, salt and turmeric. Combine all together well with your hand. Roll meat mixture into small balls. Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry meatballs until brown and set aside.

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Pour 5 cups of cold water into a pot. Add pinch of salt and bring it to a boil. Stir in cooked yellow split peas, sugar and rice. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

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Then add chopped herbs and fried meat balls and pomegranate juice. Seasoning with salt and chilli flakes. Let it cook until rice is tender.

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Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pan, add 1tbsp dried mint and stir for few second and remove from the heat.

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Garnish the soup with mint oil and serve it with bread and butter.

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