Ashe anƒr (pomegranate soup)

Yield: 5 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ pounds Ground beef
1 each Small onion, grated
¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Pepper
¼ teaspoon Salt
8 cups Water
2 teaspoons Salt
½ cup Rice
1 cup Spinach, chopped
1 cup Parsley, chopped
½ cup Green onions, chopped
1½ cup Pomegranate seeds or
1 cup Pomegranate juice
⅓ cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Lime juice (optional)
1 tablespoon Dried mint
¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Pepper




Put the meat in a bowl. Add grated onions and seasoning and mix well. Make meat balls the size of walnuts. Put water in a 3 qt pot.

Add salt and rice and let cook for 15 minutes. Add vegetables and let cook for another 15 minutes. Cut fresh pomegranate and take out the seeds to make about 1½ cups. Add meat balls, pomegranate seeds, and sugar to the soup and let cook for another 20 minutes on a low fire or until the meat is done.

Rub dried mint in the palm of your hands to make it powdery. Add cinnamon and pepper to the mint. Add this to the soup just before removing it from the fire.

Taste soup, and if needed add more salt and lime juice for the right flavoring. If the pomegranate is sweet it will require lime juice.

This is a popular winter soup.

Source: In a Persian Kitchen typed by Leonard Smith

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