Sunday, August 19, 2012

Aash: Rice and Lentil soup

There are certain recipes which we turn to only during ramadhan/ramzan. Aash-a rice and lentil soup is one of them.This soup is made everyday in almost every household i know of! After sun set when we break the fast with dates and water this is the first course of meal we begin with.It is not only tasty and filling its healthy too.
We have been making this humble Aash since many years now but only recently did i get to know that the word 'ASH' is a Persian word and is part of Iranian Cuisine similar to Soup but thicker,which is usually served hot!
There are many versions of this humble Aash...with many variations in seasonings and flavours, but we always stick to this one.Its very easy to make hardly 10-15 minutes from start to finish.More over parboiled rice or boiled rice is used which is supposed to be nutritionally superior to regular rice.You can read more about it here.
Since we make this everyday ,for convenience sake i coarsely grind /powder boiled rice like rava (can use idli rava also)and roast it until light brown and store in an air tight container.Also dry roast moong dal and store ahead of time.
Note:You can skip the mince meat to make a vegetarian version.

Ingredients:Serves 2-3
Mutton mince 1/4 cup.
Idli Rava or coarsely powdered boiled rice 1/4 cup.
Dry roasted yellow moong dal 2 Tb spoon.
Onion  finely chopped 2 Tb spoon.
Ginger garlic paste 1/4 tsp.
Green chillies slit 3-4.
Chopped mint leaves 1 Tb spoon.
Chopped coriander leaves 1 Tb spoon.
Turmeric pinch.
Salt to taste.
Ghee/ clarified butter 1 Tb spoon.
Water 4-5 Cups according to desired consistency.
Grated coconut 1 tbsp (optional)

Method:Heat Ghee/clarified butter in a heavy bottomed pan,add chopped onion and fry till translucent.
Now add mutton mince and fry till it is dry about a minute,add turmeric, ginger garlic paste,green chillies,salt and fry for another minute.Then add water and allow it to boil.When the water is boiling add the dal and rava and simmer on low flame for about 5-10 mins till the dal and rava is cooked until soft and you get the desired consistency for the soup. Garnish with chopped mint  coriander leaves  and grated coconut and serve hot.
Our iftar is incomplete without this healthy heart warming soup.Do try it out and let me know how you like this Ramzan special.
        I am linking this recipe to the ongoing event Joy From Fasting to Feasting hosted by Lubna Karim
and Ramzan Friendly recipes hosted by Halal Foodie                                

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  1. looks delicious, thanks for sending it to my event and using the logo

    1. I am happy to participate in the event Halal foodie.

  2. Wow...lovely recipe...I will try this soon....thanks for linking it to the event...

    1. Thankyou lubna let me know when you try it!