Ash-E-Reshteh (Persian Herbs, Vegetables & Noodle Soup)

READY IN: 3hrs 47mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • Pick over, wash and soak the beans and chickpeas for about 2 hours. In a large pot cook for 40 minutes with 6 cups water. Add salt and pepper.
  • Pick over and wash the lentils and add to the pot and cook for an extra 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Wash the herbs, drain the water and gently dry with a tea towel, chop finely and put aside.
  • Chop and fry the onions in 1/4 cup of oil until golden. Put half aside for garnish. Add turmeric to the other half and stir-fry for a minute and add it to the soup pot.
  • Add 9 cups of water to the pot. When it boils add the noodles and cook for 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl, gradually add the flour to half a cup of water and blend well.
  • Add this paste and the herbs to the pot and simmer for another 40 minutes.
  • Mix the sour cream and buttermilk and add to the soup and stir. Cook for an extra 2 minutes.
  • Empty the contents of the pot into a soup dish.
  • Stir-fry the dried mint in 1/4 cup of oil for a minute and remove from heat.
  • Garnish with fried mint, walnuts and the remaining fried onions.
  • NOTE:
  • Dried herbs can be used if needed, 10g (3T) of dried herbs is approx equivelent of 100g fresh.
  • Farah included buttermilk and sour cream for this recipe, but in Iran they use whey (Kashk) instead. They dissolve the kashk to make a thick liquid which they then add to the soup.