Aash-e Aab Leemoo – A Recipe for Persian Lamb and Rice Soup

Are you looking for something a little different to spice up your dinners?  Why not try aash-e aab leemoo, a delicious Persian soup with rice, lamb, onions split peas and spices that will surely make your mouth water.

During these chilly

          1 cup long grain rice

          5 cups heated water

          2 lbs. mixed herbs (equal parts mint, coriander, spring onion ends and parsley)

          3-4 tbsp. lime juice

          2-3 tbsp. sugar

          3 tbsp. split peas

          2 tbsp. marjoram (or oregano)

          1 tsp. mint

          3-4 tbsp. cooking oil

          4 large onions

          1 lb. ground lamb or beef

          Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients   

  

1.      Peel and slice two onions, cook under a low heat until they are a golden brown .

2.      In a large pot, mix in onions with 4-5 cups of boiling water, split peas, salt and pepper into the pot, cooking for 10 minutes on a low heat.

3.      Wash rice, and mix into the cooking pot. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is soft.

4.      Peel and grate/finely chop the other two onions. Mix them with the ground meat and salt and pepper, and roll into small balls. Let cook for 15-20 minutes

5.      Then add lime juice, sugar, and chopped marjoram. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until the spices have dispersed throughout the soup thoroughly and the meat balls have been cooked.

6.      If using fresh mint, fry the sprigs in cooking oil, and sprinkle it on top of the soup.

 

Persian Recipes.net ( where today’s recipe came from): http://www.persianrecipes.net/recipe.asp?ID=4

Iran Chamber Society: http://www.iranchamber.com/index/iran_guide.php

Pars Times: http://www.parstimes.com/cuisine/

 

What Epic Poem is Twice as Long as the Mahabharata?

The Kyrgyz epic poem, The Epic of Manas, contains over 500,000 lines of prose, making it 2.5 times longer than the Indian epic The Mahabharata, and 20 times longer than the Ancient Greek epics of the The Iliad and The Odyssey. The story highlights Kyrgyz history as followed through the adventures and gallant accomplishments of its titular character, Manas. An oral folklorist called a manaschi typically will recite parts of the poem, sans musical accompaniment at weddings, social gatherings, and other major events for entertainment.

If you would like to read more about The Epic of Manas or Kyrgyz culture, below are some helpful websites:

UNESCO:

http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00209

 

Central Asia Online: http://centralasiaonline.com/en_GB/articles/caii/features/entertainment/2010/02/20/feature-02

 

Muza Tours and Travel Company:

http://www.muzatravel.com/kyrgyzstan/culture.htm