Aush

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Aush
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Barley āsh
Alternative names Āsh, ash
Type Soup
Place of origin Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Caucasus region
Serving temperature hot
Main ingredients Noodles, vegetables, broth, chaka
Variations ash-e anar (pomagrante stew), ash-e-jo (barley stew), ash-e doogh, ash-e sak (spinach stew).

Aush (Persian: آش‎; Pashto/Dari: اَښ), sometimes spelled ash or āsh, is a thick soup/stew, which is usually served hot and is part of Afghan, Iranian, Azerbaijani, Caucasian, and Turkish cuisine. The spelling of the name of this dish varies in English and can include āsh, aush, ashe, ashe, āshe or aash.

Ingredients[edit]

Aush is typically made with a variation of ingredients but may include; flat wheat noodles, turmeric, vegetables (broccoli, carrots, onion, celery, spinach, garlic, jalapeño), legumes (chickpeas, kidney beans), herbs (dill, mint, coriander, minced cilantro), yogurt and ground lamb, beef or chicken.[1][2][3][4]

Depending on the type of āsh, it could contain different types of grain, legumes (chick peas, black-eye beans, lentils), vegetables, tomato, turnips (Ash-e-Shalqam), herbs (parsley, spinach, dill, spring onion ends, coriander, dried mint), onions, oil, meat, garlic, reshteh (in Ash Reshteh) and spices, such as salt, pepper, turmeric, saffron, etc.

Āsh can be considered a full meal or a first course.[2] Āsh can often be bought in Persian stores canned,[5] as dried mixes or frozen.

Āshpaz is a word in Persian that translates to stew maker, or cook of stew.[1][2]

Regional variation[edit]

Afghan cuisine[edit]

The Afghan soup is usually made with noodles and different vegetables in a tomato-based broth.[6][7][8] The Afghan version of the soup is more likely to have tomatoes or a tomato broth. It is topped with chaka (yogurt sauce) and dried/crushed mint leaves.

Iranian cuisine[edit]

There are more than 50 types of thick soup (āsh) in Iranian cooking, ash reshteh being one of the more popular types.[1] Some other well known āsh include ash-e anar (pomegranate stew), ash-e-jo (barley stew), ash-e doogh, ash-e sak (spinach stew), ash-e torsh (beet/pickle stew). The Iranian variation of aush often is topped with a garnish (na’na dagh) of fried mint oil, garlic chips, and/or shallot chips.[1][2]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ash-Reshteh (Persian New Years Noodle Soup) Recipe". Follow Me Foodie. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  2. ^ a b c d "Āsh 'eh Anar, Pomegranate soup". Fig & Quince. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  3. ^ Starkey, Joanne (1990-08-05). "DINING OUT; A New Taste (Afghani) in Huntington". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  4. ^ Cook, Karla (2012-12-14). "A Review of Afghan Kabob Fusion, in Franklin Park". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  5. ^ "Persian barley soup". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  6. ^ "Aush Vegetable Soup". Washington Post. 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  7. ^ Scholem, Richard Jay (1996-09-29). "Afghan Restaurant Offers Exotica for Frugal". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  8. ^ Starkey, Joanne (2012-05-18). "A Review of Choopan Grill, in Hicksville". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-31.