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.’

 

 

Couscous Vegetable Farm

A crazy couscous salad for Halloween. By the way i shared my this recipes for a competition in Cookpad UK and I  was winner of the Cookpad UK , Halloween contest 2018.

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Ingredients

  • 1 sachet couscous
  • 2 beetroots, cooked
  • 2-3 fresh or pickled onions
  • 2 fresh mint leaves
  • 3-4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it??!!!

Empty the contents of the sachet into a bowl and add boiling water according to the instruction. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes. Then fluff with a spoon to separate the grains.

Add Olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and mix together.

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Now in a glass plate, place vegetables and cover them with cooked couscous.


Couscous vegetable salad

Ingredients

1 sachet couscous

2 beetroots, cooked

2-3 fresh or pickled onions

2 fresh mint leaves

3-4 cherry tomatoes

1 tbsp Olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it??!!!

Empty the contents of the sachet into a bowl and add boiling water according to the instruction. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes. Then fluff with a spoon to separate the grains. Add Olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and mix together. Now in a glass plate, place vegetables and cover them with cooked couscous.

Persian Stuffed Zucchini (Dolmeh Kadoo)

Dolama or dolmeh is a tasty dish found in Iranian cuisine, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Greece, Arabic countries and Central Asia. The word dolma is a Turkish word and means to fill.  Dolma is the Persian version of stuffed vegetables. You can use eggplant, zucchini, onion, or tomato and stuff with either ground beef or turkey and aromatic herbs.

Up to now, I have shared several recipes for my collection of dolma recipes including: stuffed grape leaves, cabbage rolls, stuffed eggplants, stuffed onions, and today I am going to share my Persian stuffed zucchini.  In Persian language zucchini or courgette  is called Kadoo .

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Dolma is considered comfort food. These different kinds of dolma are stuffed with either meat and spices, or meat herbs and rice, or there are vegetarian version with rice and herbs and GOOD NEWS IS, all are DELICIOUS.
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Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini or Courgette,
  • 300g ground beef or lamb meat
  • 5tbsp semi cooked rice
  • 100g mixed herbs: mint, parsley, coriander, spring onions
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 2tbsp tomato paste
  • 1tbsp dried dill (I use dried dill because it is more aromatic rather than fresh dill)
  • Olive oil
  • Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, grated

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How to make it??

First of all wash the zucchini. If the skin of the zucchini has been waxed , peel the skin but leaved the skin of if it’s unwaxed. (However large zucchini should be peeled because the skin might be bitter).

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Then cut each each zuchini into 3 tubes. Scoop out the insides. Keep the insides and add into the pot where you are going cook the zucchini dolma.

For stuffing you need, add rice, chopped fresh herbs, salt, pepper, some turmeric and dried dill to the ground meat and mix ingredients until combine well. Fill each zucchini with the stuffing and settle stuffed zucchini in the pot.

Fill each zucchini with the stuffing and settle stuffed zucchini in the pot.

In a saucepan, add tomato paste, olive oil,  pinch of salt, turmeric and Chilli powder. Saute for 2 minutes. Then, add a cup of water to the tomato paste and bring it to a quick boil.

Pour the sauce on the stuffed zucchini. Simmer over the low heat for about 30-40 minutes, allowing the sauce to reduce.

Meanwhile, mix yogurt with grated garlic. Serve the stuffed zucchini with garlic-yogurt.

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Persian Stuffed Zucchinni

 

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini or Courgette,
  • 300g ground beef or lamb meat
  • 5tbsp semi cooked rice
  • 100g mixed herbs: mint, parsley, coriander, spring onions
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 2tbsp tomato paste
  • 1tbsp dried dill
  • Olive oil
  • Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, grated

How to make it??

First of all wash the zucchini. If the skin of the zucchini has been waxed , peel the skin but leaved the skin of if it’s unwaxed. (However large zucchini should be peeled because the skin might be bitter).

Then cut each each zuchini into 3 tubes. Scoop out the insides. Keep the insides and add into the pot where you are going cook the zucchini dolma. For stuffing you need, add rice, chopped fresh herbs, salt, pepper, some turmeric and dried dill to the ground meat and mix ingredients until combine well. Fill each zucchini with the stuffing and settle stuffed zucchini in the pot.

Heat some olive oil in the saucepan. Add tomato paste, pinch of salt, turmeric and Chilli powder. Saute for 2 minutes. Then, add a cup of water to the tomato paste and bring it to a quick boil. Pour the sauce on the stuffed zucchini. Simmer over the low heat for about 30-40 minutes, allowing the sauce to reduce.

Meanwhile, mix yogurt with grated garlic. Serve the stuffed zucchini with garlic-yogurt.

 

 

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.

 

Uch Baji Dolmasi ( Stuffed Eggplant, Tomato and Pepper Dolma)

Dolma is an Azeri word and in cooking culture means stuffed or filled. There are many forms of dolma including: stuffed grape leaves, stuffed eggplant( aubergine), zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, onion, potato, cabbage leaves.

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The following recipe is an Azerbaijani recipe for dolma which is popular in Baku and Nakhchivan. This dolma is called Uch baji. Uch means three and baji means sister in Azerbaijani language and is mixture dolma made with eggplant, bell pepper and tomato which is called ‘ Badimjan, beber ve pomidor dolmasi in Azeri.

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Dolma is simmered in it’s own meat juice and oil and serves with garlic-yogurt sauce. In some recipes use yellow split peas and rice, but it’s just a matter of taste and is optional.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant ( aubergine)
  • 1 large firm tomatoes
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper
  • 300g ground beef or lamb
  • 4 tbsp yellow split peas, cooked
  • 1 bunch of coriander, washed and finely chopped
  • ½ bunch dill, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • slat and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil or butter

Instructions

Cut a long slit down the middle of the eggplant, be careful, not to cut too deep. Soak the eggplant in a bowl full of cold water with 1 tbsp salt for 20 minutes to remove bitterness. Then drain and dry it. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the eggplant until all sides brown and soft enough to open the slit ( about 10 minutes).

Cut top off the bell pepper and remove the seeds. Cut top off the tomato and scoop out the tomato flesh and save it for stuffing.

In a bowl, add ground meat with grated onion. Season with salt and pepper, add turmeric. Mix together.

Heat the oil over medium heat and add meat mixture. Fry until brown. Add tomato paste and cook for 2 more minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Remove from the heat and add chopped herbs, cooked split peas and tomato flesh and mix well.

Fill the vegetables with stuffing mixture. Place them in a deep pan or saucepan. Pour remaining of stuffing around your vegetables, add some oil and water. Cover the tomato and pepper with their lids. Cover the pot and simmer the dolma until all are cooked and tender but not be mushy. Serve dolma as they are or with yogurt-garlic sauce.

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Fried Sausage flowers with eggs

These lovely flowers made with fried sausages and eggs. Very easy and cute.

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Ingredients

  • Sausages or hot dog
  • eggs
  • Fresh mint or dill leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Butter or Oil

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Preparation

Cut the sausage in half lengthwise. Slice halfway through sausages. Form the sausage into a circle and secure the ends with cocktail sticks. Put the sausage in the frying pan. Add the egg to the centre of the sausage, season with salt and pepper and fry it.

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Coloured potato balls

I cooked these lovely potato balls with sweet potato and white potato. Easy to make and tasty.

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Ingredients

1 large sweet potato

1 large white potato

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 tsp dried mint

1tsp beetroot powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil

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Method

Cook the potatoes until tender.

Heat the oil in a pan, and fry the chopped onion until golden brown. Set aside.

In a bowl with beetroot powder add half of white potato and mash it. Then add salt, pepper, some of fried onion and mix well.

In other bowl, with dried mint, add other half of white potato. Mash it. Then add some of fried onion and seasoning with salt and pepper. Mix well.

In third bowl mash the sweet potato. Add some fried onion, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Give small ball shape to the mashed potatoes and serve it warm or cold.

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Home made rock candy

In Iran we serve tea with sugars cubes (Qand ) as we say in Farsi , or with rock candy ( Nabaat). They are in different colours , flavor and size.

So I decided to make them at home. However I thought it would be difficult or impossible but on the contrary, it was lots of fun and result as you see is gorgeous. I adore my rock candies, they are so cute , colourful and just beautiful. Just you need to be patient

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Ingredients

1 cup water

3 cups sugar

wooden sticks or string

clothespins

jars

food colouring

food flavouring

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Method

Add a cup of water to a big pot. Start to add a cup of sugar, stir it until dissolve. Then add other cup of sugar and keep stirring until dissolve. Finally add last cup of sugar and stir it until dissolve. Now, turn on the heat and bring to boil the sugar syrup. Then remove it from the heat and let it to cool down.

Now we prepare wooden sticks or string. These sticks and strings are where the sugar will crystallised on. Dipping sticks or string into the syrup and roll it into the sugar. Let them dry entirely.

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Add food colouring to the jars ( and if you want you can add some food flavouring too) I added rose water to one of jars and mint flavour to the other one.

Now, pour sugar syrup into the jars, and give them stir. Now slowly insert wooden stick into the jar. Do not let wooden stick touch the bottom or sides of the jar. For better result is better to use two clothespians to keep sticks in the place.

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Let they sit for about 7 to 14 days because they need time for growing new crystals and do not move them. (The length of time for crystallise is vary, and might be in 3 days or in 14 days so keep monitoring crystals until you are satisfied with the shape and size of rock candy.).After growing crystals take them off but if surface of jars are hard break them with a knife.

Let them dry and voila you have gorgeous rock candies. Sometimes all rock candies do not grow up in same size, some grow more than others.

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Stuffed Meat Balls With Quail Eggs

Meatballs are always popular and favourite dish. Today i made stuffed meat balls with quail eggs and Tahini sauce.
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Ingredients for meat balls

250g ground beef

2 large potatoes

1 egg

2 tomatoes

quial eggs

1 clove of garlic

2 tbs dried parsley

1 tsp dried mint

1 tsp cumin

Bread crumbs

Salt – sweet chili

Butter

 

Ingredients for sauce

2 tbsp Tahini sauce

1 lemon juice

Half of garlic

1 tbs of olive oil

1 tbs of water

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Preparation

Preheat the oven on 200 C. Cook quail eggs, peeled and set them aside. Place ground meat in a bowl. Add grated garlic, all spices and dried herbs. Crack the egg and add it to the meat. Mix all ingredients together.

 

Take a portion of mixture in your hand palm, flat it and put one of quail eggs in the center of the meat and give shape to the meat. Roll them in the bread crumbs and coat them. Set all meat balls in the baking tray.Place tray into the oven and let it to cook for 30 minutes.

 

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Meanwhile, cook boil potatoes. Peel them off and cut into small pieces. Melt the butter in a pan and Fry tomatoes. Keep potatoes and tomatoes warm for serving time.

Place tahini sauce in a bowl. Grate garlic and add it to the sauce. Add water, oil and pinch of salt as well. Combine all ingredients together and set it aside.

Place meatballs with potatoes and tomatoes in a plate and pour melted butter top of the meatballs, potatoes and tomatoes and serve with Tahini sauce.

Enjoy ( Nosh-e jan)

 

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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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