Azerbaijani Noodle Soup

This noodle soup is popular in NW of Iran. It has a sour/sweet taste due to vinegar and prunes in it.. This is a noodle soup with cereals, meat balls, fried onions and dried mint sauce.

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Ingredients

200g Persian noodles ( if it is not available you can use egg noodles instead of Persian noodles)
1 large onion or 2 small ones
200g ground beef
2 cups of cooked lentils, chickpeas and pinto beans
1 cup prunes
2 Tbsp plain flour
½ cup apple cider or grape vinegar
Salt- black pepper to taste
1Tbsp dried mint
1 Tsp turmeric
Oil

Preparation

In a big pot with 8cups of water, add flour and bring it to a boil. Mix ground meat with one of grated onions. Combine together. Give small balls shape to the meat and fry them until they are brown.
Finely chop second onion and fry until golden. Keep some for the garnishing and use remaining for mixing with the soup.


Once water started to boil, add cooked cereals, all spices, prunes, oil, vinegar, fried onion, noodles, and meat balls. Cook it on low heat until soup is thick.
For the garnishing the soup, fry dried mint and garnish with fried mint and fried onion.

 

 

 

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Azerbaijani Fruit Soup ( Ash-e Meveh)

This is a traditional and hearty sweet-sour soup (aash) with  dried fruits such as prunes, apricots, tasty tiny meatballs, a little bit of spices, apple cider or grape vinegar and sugar.
My mother used to make this delicious soup (Aash) in special occasions.

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Ingredients

½ cup rice
1/3 cup cooked yellow split peas
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup vinegar
2 medium onions, peeled
3-4 apricots for per person
3-4 prunes for per person
½ tsp turmeric

1 tbsp dried mint
Pinch of Salt and chili flakes to taste
Vegetable oil

Ingredients for meatballs

150g ground lamb or beef
½ onion, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

Mix minced meat with grated onion. Season with salt and pepper. Give meatballs shape to the meat.
Heat a frying pan and cook the meatballs for about 10 minutes and until brown in 2 tablespoons of oil.
Finely chop one of the onions . Set aside.Thinly slice remaining of the onion and fry in a pan . Keep it for garnishing.

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Bring the water to a boil. Add rice, yellow split peas, chopped onion, prunes, apricots, turmeric, sugar, vinegar, oil. Simmer for 10 minutes.


Mix in the cooked meatballs. Partially cover the pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
Once it is cooked, remove from the heat. Taste and adjust sugar or vinegar to your liking. Set it for few minutes all flavour come together.
Ladle into bowls, garnish with fried onions and fried mint . Serve it warm
Nosh-e jan

 

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Azari Abgoosht-e Morgh

Abgoosht is one of most traditional-popular Iranian foods. Abgoosht or Dizi ia one pot comfort meal. It’s not party dish. It is just cozy, easy and simple with satisfying taste food for a cold night in the winter.

Abgoosht means ‘ meat broth’. It might be prepared with lamb or beef and sometimes with chicken that I’m going to share my chicken abgoosht today.

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This version of abgoosht with morgh (chicken) is a recipe from my beloved mother. I hope you try it.

Abgoosht traditionally served in two courses. As you will follow the photos will see once dish is ready, first the broth tossed with flat naan bread that is called ‘ Telit’ and then second course would be solid ingredients.

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Ingredients

5 chicken slices( breast, thigh)

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 dried lemon ( limo amani)

½ cup yellow split peas

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp dried mint

2 large potatoes, cut into half

Sea salt and chilli flakes

Butter, Ghee or Olive oil

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Method

Sauté onion in oil (butter, ghee or olive oil). Add yellow split peas and fry for 3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Sauté chicken slices in same oil. Add dried mint, turmeric and season with salt and chilli flakes.

 

Remove all above mentioned ingredients to a pot. Add 4 cups of water, dried lemon and potatoes . Allow to cook on medium to low heat.

Traditionally this food served with fresh herbs such as chives, radish, mint, spring onions and raw onions or pickles.

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