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.


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



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.


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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