Friday, August 7, 2009

Ash-e Reshteh

Ash-e Reshteh

2 tbsp olive oil
3 large onions, pelled and thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 cup dried red kidney beans, washed and soaked in
cold water 2 hours and drained
1/4 cup dried navy beans
1/4 cup dried chickpeas
10-12 cups water
1 cup lentils (I assume brown)
4 cups homemade beef bone broth
1/2 pound persian noodles (reshteh) or linguine noodles,
broken in half
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup coarsley chopped fresh chives or scallions
1 cup chopped fresh dill
2 cups coarsley chopped fresh parsley
6 pounds (10 cups) fresh spinach, washed and chopped,
OR 3 pounds frozen spinach, chopped
1 fresh beet, peeled and diced in 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cup liquid whey (kashk-- I have a recipe if u want),
or sour cream, or 1/4 cup wine vinegar

Qeymeh (optional-- I have a recipe)

Garnish (nana dagh)
1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp turmeric
4 tbsp dried mint flakes, crushed

1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pot, and saute the onions and garlic
over medium heat. Add salt, pepper, and turmeric. Add kidney
beans, navy beans, and chickpeas; saute for a few minutes.
Pour in 10 cups of water and bring to the boil, skim the froth as
it forms, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes over
medium heat.

2. Add lentils and beef bone broth. Cook 55 minutes longer.

3. Add noodles and flour and cook about 10 minutes, stirring
occasionally (Leila's note--one way I add flour to soup without
making lumps is to combine it with some oil and make a ball--
it dissolves in the heat)

4. Add chopped chives or scallions, dill, parsley, spinach, and
the beet. Continue cooking, stirring from time to time for 30 minutes
or until beans are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste, and add
more water if the ash is too thick.

5. Stir in the whey (or sour cream or vinegar), saving a dollop
for the garnish, and mix well with a wooden spoon.

6. Prepare the Qeymeh without the potatoes (I will post recipe)

7. To prepare the garnish (nana dagh), brown the onion and
garlic in oil in a non stick frying pan. Remove from heat; add
the turmeric and the crushed mint flakes and mix well.

8. Pour the soup into a tureen. Garnish with mint mixture
and the dollop of whey.


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