Ash Doogh (Azerbaijani Dovga Soup)

Today I made Aash-e doogh (dovga aashi). Maybe you ask what is Aash? In Iranian cuisine  there are two kinds of  liquid food.  Aash is a thick soup and exactly like soup made with variation of vegetables, or noodles,, stocks and spices. This dish is spelling: Ash, aash, aush, ashe. But soup is a thin and light liquid food, served warm and made by combining vegetables with stock, spices,…

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My aash today   is called Ash-e doogh  in Persian language and is called  Dovga Ashi or Ayran ashi in Azerbaijani . There are different recipes for this aash, and this is Ardebili version of Ash-e Doogh.

It is a super delicious, healthy nutritious and pleasantly refreshing and tangy yogurt soup that is called Dovgha aashi or yogurt based soup.

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You can have dovga ashi any time of the year : as a warm soup in the winter time or as a refreshing cold soup in hot summer time.

Yogurt Aash made from plain yogurt and water with, fresh and aromatic herbs such as coriander, parsley, dill, mint, chives directly from grocery  and tender cooked chickpeas or white beans. 

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You may have this meal as a starter or as a main course with hot fresh bread. Traditionally it is served in large bowls called ‘ kaaseh’ and in smaller bowls called ‘ peyyaleh’.

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This beautiful super tasty aash with fresh herbs is  popular in Iran, specially in NW of country in ancient city of Ardebil which is located in Azerbaijani part of Iran .

Ardebil is known for it’s trade in honey and carpet. Also, Twenty two sites in Iran are inscribed by the UNESCO on the list of the Worlds Heritage sites. One of them is located in Ardebil.

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Ingredients

  • 2 kg plain yogurt
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas or white beans
  • 1 cup rice, washed
  • 150 g ground beef or lamb
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2 bunches of coriander
  • 2 bunches of parsley
  • 2 bunches of dill
  • 2 bunches of chives or green part of spring onions
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

 

 

How to make it?????

Herbs  would be chopped , washed and drained on a colander. Mix ground meat with grated onion, add some salt-pepper and make small meat balls and set aside.

Now, in a large pot add yogurt and whisk it until smooth. Then crack the egg in a bowl, beat it and add beaten egg, washed rice and flour to the yogurt and combine together.

Next add water into the pot and mix until you have a smooth yogurt based liquid ( if you like to have a thin soup, simply add more water ).

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In this step, place the pot on the high heat and with a wooden spoon or spatula constantly stir until bring it to a boil ( it will take about 10-15 minutes). Keep stirring  to prevent the liquid from curdling. Once started to boil, bubbles will appear on the surface.

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Now reduce the heat. Stir in chopped herbs, chickpeas and meat balls. Give a stir and allow to cook for 20 minutes until meat balls and rice cooked.

 

Then remove from the heat and add grated garlic, salt and dried mint, stir for 2-3 minutes and aash is ready. In some recipes, you may fry dried mint in a little oil and garnish the soup too.’
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Ash Doogh (Azerbaijani Dovga Soup)

Ingredients

2 kg plain yogurt

1 litre water

1 egg

1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas or white beans

1 cup rice, washed

150 g ground beef or lamb

1 onion, grated

2 bunches of coriander

2 bunches of parsley

2 bunches of dill

2 bunches of chives or green part of spring onions

2 tbsp plain flour

3 cloves of garlic, grated

1 tsp dried mint

Salt and black pepper to taste

Vegetable oil

How to make it?????

Herbs chopped , washed and drained on a colander. Mix ground meat with grated onion, add some salt-pepper and make small meat balls and set aside.

Now, in a large pot add yogurt and whisk it until smooth. Then crack the egg in a bowl, beat it and add beaten egg, washed rice and flour to the yogurt and combine together. Next add water into the pot and mix until you have a smooth yogurt based liquid ( if you like to have a thin soup, simply add more water ).

In this step, place the pot on the high heat and with a wooden spoon or spatula constantly stir until bring it to a boil ( it will take about 10-15 minutes). Keep stirring because to prevent the liquid from curdling.

Once it started to boil, reduce the heat. Stir in chopped herbs, chickpeas and meat balls. Give a stir and allow to cook for 20 minutes until meat balls and rice cooked, then remove from the heat and add grated garlic and dried mint.

In some recipes, you may fry dried mint in a little oil and garnish the soup too.’

 

 

Falafel

Falafel is one the most favourite fast foods in the Middle East. Falafel is an Arabic word,and plural ‘ filfil’ meaning “pepper”. Falafel is a meatless food and good source of protein and suitable for vegetarians.

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Originally it is spicy but in any country it has adjusted based on the taste of people. Falafel is made of chickpeas or fava beans. Egyptians make falafe with fava beans and sometimes with combination of both. But if you make with chickpeas, they should be soaked and then should be ground up or mashed and mix with beautiful spices and vegetables such as onions, garlic parsley.

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Falafe serves with flat bread ( Naan ), pita bread, or Budget bread and garnished with different things such as tomato, cucumber, lettuce, fresh herbs, tahini sauce, spicy sauce, humus, chutney, garlic yogurt. Or they are just perfect on their own.
Falafel can be eaten cold or hot. This chickpea balls are mostly popular in S and SW of Iran but in other cities of country such as Tehran is very popular too.

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Ingredients

  • 450 g chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 1/2 tbsp  plain flour or chickpeas flour
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • A bunch of parsley
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2tsp cumin
  • 1tsp coriander powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil

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Ingredients for mint-parsley sauce

  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt
  • Small bunch of mint and parsley
  • 1 small bell pepper
  • Salt to taste

 

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Preparation
If you want your falafel to turn out right, you need to soak dried chickpeas overnight. So they will be double in size. Next day, drain and rinse them. Pour chickpeas into a food processor. Then add all ingredients ( except flour)  for falafel into the food processor and make smooth mixture.

 

Then add flour and   season the chickpeas mixture with all above mentioned spices. Mix all together very well. Using wet hands or a falafel scoop, form falafel mixture into round balls or oval shape. By the way,  If you wish, sprinkle some sesame seeds on each chickpeas ball too .Then place chickpea balls in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

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Falafel is traditionally fried but you can bake it instead too. So bake falafel in 175 C degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
And if you want to fry falafel, add enough oil for deep frying in a deep saucepan. Place the pot over a high heat and heat the oil, then drop falafel balls in the oil and fry until brown ( 7-8 minutes).


For making sauce, you need to place all ingredients for sauce in a blender and make a smooth sauce.

 


When all falafels are fried. You can serve them plain or Wrap 3-4 of falafels in a pita bread, topping with sauce and enjoy it.

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Falafel

Ingredients
300 g chickpeas, soaked overnight
2 cloves of garlic
1 large onion.
A bunch of parsley
Salt – pepper to taste
1 tsp turmeric
1tsp coriander powder
Oil
Ingredients for mint-parsley sauce
3 tbsp. plain yogurt
Small bunch of mint and parsley
1 small bell pepper
Salt to taste
Preparation
If you want your falafel to turn out right, you need to soak dried chickpeas overnight. So they will be double in size. Next day, drain and rinse them. Pour chickpeas into a food processor. Then add all ingredients for falafel into the food processor and make smooth mixture.
Then add and season the chickpeas mixture with all above mentioned spices. Mix all together very well. using wet hands or a falafel scoop, form falafel mixture into round balls .Then place chickpea balls in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Falafel is traditionally fried but you can bake it instead too. So bake falafel in 175 C degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
And if you want to fry falafel, add enough oil for deep frying in a deep saucepan. Place the pot over a high heat and heat the oil, then drop falafel balls in the oil and fry until brown ( 7-8 minutes).
For making sauce, you need to place all ingredients for sauce in a blender and make a smooth sauce.
When all falafels are fried. You can serve them plain or Wrap 3-4 of falafels in a pita bread, topping with sauce and enjoy it.

Vegetarian kebab

This is one of the  tastiest vegetarian kebabs which is made with bread and vegetabls. It is simple but super tasty and easy to make it, with crispy texture, golden outside and fulllllllllllll of flavour. You may serve it with yogurt, sweet chilli sauce, any kind of chutney or ketchup.

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Ingredients

  • 5 slices of fresh white or brown bread
  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Handful fresh mint leaves
  • Handful fresh coriander leaves
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • Small piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to make it???

Put slices of bread into a food processor or blender and blend it until crush and look like soft bread crumbs and set aside.

Put cooked chickpeas into a mixing bowl. Add onion, garlic, ginger, mint and coriander leaves, lemon juice, yogurt and oil to the chickpeas. Blend until become purée. Add puree mixture and all spices to the bread crumbs, mix until combine well.

Grease your hand, take a small portion of mixture and roll it like a hot dog, however you can give ball shape or cutlet/ round burger shape too. Once all kebabs are done, you may push the wooden sticks into the kebab . it ‘s just optional.

Now heat the oil or butter in a saucepan. Place kebabs into the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes, until golden crispy.

Serve it with your favourite sauce.

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Vegetarian kebab

Ingredients

  • 5 slices of fresh white or brown bread
  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Handful fresh mint leaves
  • Handful fresh coriander leaves
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • Small piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

How to make it???

Put slices of bread into a food processor or blender and blend it until crush and look like soft bread crumbs and set aside.

Put cooked chickpeas into a mixing bowl. Add onion, garlic, ginger, mint and coriander leaves, lemon juice, yogurt and oil to the chickpeas. Blend until become purée. Add puree mixture and all spices to the bread crumbs, mix until combine well.

Grease your hand, take a small portion of mixture and roll it like a hot dog, however you can give ball shape or cutlet/ round burger shape too.

Once all kebabs are done, you may push the wooden sticks into the kebab . it ‘s just optional.

Now heat the oil or butter in a saucepan. Place kebabs into the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes, until golden crispy.

Serve it with your favourite sauce.

 

Azerbaijani Yogurt Soup

Today I made yogurt soup. Yes yogurt soup!!!. Perhaps it makes you curious or surprise to hear about it. But it is a very tasty soup made of Greek yogurt along with variety of fresh herbs and cereals. I have to mention this yogurt soup is different from other famous yogurt soup which is called Ayran ashi, and is popular in Iran, Turkey, and Republic of Azerbaijan.

By the way,  have you ever thought there is a connection between sense of smell with your memory? I mean deliciousness and beauty of a food is not a only factor which give you a pleasure but also memories with that food makes it double delicious. It remind us our beloved family or friends we were together and even can give you positive or negative impressions.

For instance, this yogurt soup reminds me of times when I was child and my mother made this soup for a picnic, We had an amazing happy family time together full of fun, laugh and just love, and anytime I cook it, it’s smell takes me back to those days that will never come back again.

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Ingredients
500 g Greek yogurt
4 cups water
1 medium onion, finely chopped
300 g mixed herbs includes: chives or spring onions, spinach, parsley, coriander , tarragon ( if tarragon is not available, use 1 Tbsp of dried tarragon)
4 cloves of garlic
1 small fresh chilli pepper
1 cup cooked chickpeas
1 cup cooked pinto beans
½ cup oats
2 beef stock cubes
1 Tsp dried mint for garnish
½ Tsp turmeric
½ Tsp sweet paprika
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp vegetable Oil

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Preparation
In a big pot with yogurt, add 4 Tbsp water and mix until combined well. Add oat, beef stocks, turmeric, sweet paprika, salt and dried tarragon to the yogurt mixture and allow to cook for 15 minutes on a low heat until boiling. Stirring occasionally.

 

 


Heat the oil in a pan and saute chopped onion until soft. Set aside.
Once yogurt mixture started to boil, add oil, cooked chick peas and pinto beans, grated garlic, chopped herbs, sautéed onion and chilli pepper.

 

 


Stir occasionally, cook for 15 minutes on a medium heat.
Fry dried mint in a dash of oil and once soup is ready garnish with fried mint.
Bon appetite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Omaj Soup

One of traditional soups from Tabriz, an ancient city in NW of Iran.
This soup is made with fresh vegetables and a kind of home made pasta that is combination of flour with water, salt and turmeric.

 

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Ingredients
1 cup brown lentils
½ cup chick peas
½ cup pinto beans
1 large onion, finely chopped
250 g fresh herbs: mint, dill and leek
7 tbsp flour
2 beef stock cubes
Salt- pepper to taste
1 ½ tsp turmeric
Plain yogurt for garnishing
Mint sauce
Olive oil or butter

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Preparation
In a bowl with 5 tbs flour, add salt and ½ tsp turmeric, mix together. Gradually add water until make a dough that does not stick to hand. Take small piece of dough ( as size as chickpeas) and give ball shape. Place all tiny balls in a tray and let to dry.


Heat the oil or butter in a pan and saute until is tender. .Set aside. Chop fresh herbs as well. Cook lentils, pinto beans and chickpeas earlier.

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Pour water in a pot, add 2 tbsp flour, it will  give good thickness to your soup. Mix it. Bring it to a boil, add turmeric, 2 beef stock cubes, fried onion, herbs,  per-cooked cereal, tiny dough balls, season with salt and pepper and 3 tbsp olive oil or butter. Stirring several times in order to prevent do not stick tiny dough balls.

 

In a pan with 1 tbsp oil, add dried mint and saute for few seconds, remove from the heat.
Once soup is ready garnishing with mint Sauce  or fried onions and spoonful of plain yogurt.

 

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Azerbaijani Noodle Aash

This noodle aash 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.

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Azerbaijani noodle aash
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

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Method
In a big pot with 8 cups 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.

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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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Dizi (Abgoosht)

Abgoosht, literally means ‘ meat juice’. Dizi is the name of a special pots for making this dish and that’s why other name for abgoosht is Dizi. It’s a traditional dish in Iran. In old days it used to be cooked in stone or ceramic pots inside but nowadays it’s prepared on the stove top in the pot. Main ingredient is lamb or beef shank. It is very rich, thick and delicious. For this special meal, you will need meat masher and if you prefer to cook it in the ceramic jar, you can use Moroccan ‘tagine’ pot.

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Ingredients:
1 kg lamb meat
2 onions, peeled and chopped roughly
1 cup of chickpeas, soaked over the night
Charlotte potatoes
3 tbs tomato paste
1 tbs saffron water
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs dried lime powder
Salt- pepper and oil

 

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Preparation:
Wash the meat. Cut it into chunks. Put a large pot on a medium heat, add 9-10 cups of water, bring it to boil. Add meat chunks and onions. Cover the pot with lid. Simmer until it is tender. Check out the pot and remove foam.
Cook boil, chickpeas separately. Set it aside. Once meat is cooked, remove it from the pot and place it in the tagine pot. Add cooked boiled chickpeas, tomato paste, oil, saffron water, potatoes, all spices + 3 cups of water. Adjust seasoning. Cover tagine with lid and place it in the oven at 180 C for about 40 minutes. Let it to cook until reduce volume of liquid but not all of liquid. When it is cooked, remove pot from the oven. Empty content of ceramic pot in a plate. You will have 3 ways of serving this dish 🙂
First, serve broth (soup) with bread (as you see in the photo). Then, solid ( meat , potatoes and chickpeas) could be served mashed or not mashed ( like images). Also, if you have leftover, can be served with rice as well. Try this Persian dish, It is tasty.
Bon appetite.

 

 

 

 

Kufte Buzbash

This recipe is one  of Azerbaijani kufteh/kofte or  meatballs.  Usually people know about Italian or Swedish meatballs but  they know less about Persian and Azerbaijani kufte or meatballs. Sometimes kufte or meatballs  are stuffed with cooked egg and dried fruits and nuts and sometime they are plain meatballs without any filling. The word kufteh is derived from Persian word ‘ Kuftan’ which literally mean ( to pound). Main ingredient for making kufteh is meat: beef/ lamb or combination of both. Other ingredient is aromatic herbs, which could be dried or fresh chopped. Herbs such as mint, basil, tarragon.
Each meatball depends on its size (because some meatballs are giant and could be stuffed with cooked egg and dried fruits ) or simply stuffed with dried fruits such as apricots, prunes, dates and Barberry.

Ingredients
200 g ground beef
½ cup cooked chickpeas
1/3 cup cooked rice
2 tbsp fresh chopped mint leaves or dried herbs
Salt – pepper to taste
4-5 dried prunes and apricots, finely chopped

Ingredients for broth
2 tbsp butter
4-5 baby potatoes
1 onion, finely chopped
Salt – pepper
½ tsp turmeric
2 tbsp plain flour

Preparation
Pour cooked chickpeas in a blender and make it into a paste. Mix ground meat with chopped herbs, spices, and rice and paste chickpeas and combine very well. Then take small portion of meat mixture and, place ½ tbsp. chopped dried fruits in centre of meatball and Shape into a medium (apple size) meatball. If mixture is sticky, you could wet your hand and carry on with giving shape to the meat. Set aside meatballs and prepare broth.
For making broth, Melt the butter in a pot, add chopped onion and spices. Saute until softened. Pour 700 ml water, 2 tbsp plain flour and mix well. Bring it to boil. Add potatoes and gently add meatballs one by one to the pot and let it cook over medium heat for about 30-40 minutes.
Once kufteh is ready, serve it with broth, kufteh and potatoes.

Chickpeas Rice

This meal is easy/fast to make and amazingly tasty.

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Ingredients

2 cups rice
2 cups chickpeas
1 large onion, chopped and diced
300 g canned tomato (chopped)
1 tbsp. Spices includes (cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, clove, rose petal , ginger powder)
½ tsp turmeric
Salt – pepper
Oil (Ghee – butter or Olive oil)
Preparation
Boil and cook rice and chickpeas separately and Set aside.
Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onion. Sauté onion until soft. Then add spices. Fry 2 minutes more. Add chopped tomatoes to sautéed onion. Mix together. Add soft boiled chickpeas and boiled rice to the mixture. Toss it with two spoons lightly. Simmer mixture for 10 minutes. Serve it with salad or pickles.