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Aush (Persian Ashe)
Noodle Soup (Ash-e Reshteh)

1/4 cup red kidney beans, soaked
1/4 cup navy beans, soaked
1/4 cup chickpeas, soaked
3 onions, finely sliced
3 Tbsp. oil
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. turmeric
10 cups water
1/2 cup lentils
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup chives or scallions, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dill weed, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, coarsely chopped
2 cups spinach (fresh or frozen), chopped
1 beet, peeled and chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 lb. flat egg noodles or Persian noodles (Reshteh)
1 Tbsp. flour
1 cup liquid kashke or sour cream, or 1/4 cup wine vinegar

1/4 lb. beef, in 1/2 inch cubes
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp. oil
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp. yellow split peas
1 tsp. tomato paste
1/4 tsp. saffron, dissolved in 1 Tbsp. hot water
1/2 tsp. salt

1 onion, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp. oil
1 tsp. dried mint flakes

In large pot, brown onions in oil. Add salt, 1/4 tsp. of the
pepper, and turmeric. Pour in water and add kidney beans. navy
beans, and chickpeas. Cover and simmer 45 minutes. Add lentils
and broth. Cook 35 minutes. Add scallions, dill, parsley, spinach,
and beet. Stir occasionally and cook 20 minutes or until done.
Correct seasoning (add the rest of the pepper if needed) and add
more water if too thick. Add noodles, flour and cook until noodles
are done--about 10 minutes.

If using kashke or sour cream, set aside a heaping Tbsp. for garnish.
Stir 2 Tbsp. of soup into remaining sour cream. Stir this mixture
slowly into soup. Reheat just before serving, adding more water
if it's too thick.

About 1/2 hour before serving, prepare gheimeh garnish. Brown
meat, onion, and garlic in oil. Stir in water and split peas.
Cover and cook 20 minutes over low heat. Add tomato paste, saffron,
and salt. Simmer covered for 10 minutes.

While gheimeh is simmering, prepare mint garnish. Brown onion and
garlic in oil. Remove from heat. Crush mint flakes in hand and
stir into onion. Pour soup into tureen, garnish with gheimeh and
mint garnish and reserved sour cream by floating them on top.


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