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Ash Jo Recipe | Persian Barley Soup Recipe
Ash Jo is one of the old and delicious Iranian dishes, which is cooked in many different ways. Ash is a very popular kind of food if Iranian cuisine and has much variety. Ash Jo is a healthy and comforting dish and can be prepared vegan or with meat. This is an excellent choice for winter when you want something strengthening and nutritious. Today at Takrecipe, we want to share how to prepare vegan Ash Jo, with and without meat.
|Ingredients for four people|
|Pearl barley||1 cup|
|Pinto beans||½ cup|
|Vegetables (parsley, coriander, scallion, spinach)||600 g|
|Dried mint||1 tbsp|
|Black pepper||To taste|
Ash Jo Recipe
You must soak every kind of beans for several hours to make them more digestible. This is true for barley, but it does not need to soak for long. So, the night before making Ash Jo, place the pinto beans, chickpeas, and pearl barley in separate bowls to soak for at least 6 hours. You can soak the legumes for up to 24 hours. To make them more digestible and easier to cook, change their water with cold fresh water every couple of hours.
When they have soaked enough, rinse and strain them in a colander. Put beans and barley in a separate pot and pour enough water on them to fill the pot halfway. The pot containing the barely is Ash’s main pot, so it needs to be larger. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and let them simmer for two hours. You should stir them occasionally to prevent them from sticking to the bottom and burning.
Meanwhile, wash and rinse the vegetables in a colander to clean them from dust. After the excess water is drained, spread them on a clean towel and let them dry. Then transfer them to a tray and chop them finely.
After two hours, when the beans are thoroughly cooked, add them to the pot containing the barley. Now you should add chopped vegetables along with the beans to the pot since vegetables do not take much time to cook.
Then add a pinch of salt and let the ingredients cook for 30 to 45 minutes until the vegetables are cooked.
In the meantime, you should prepare the fried onion, garlic, and mint to top the Ash. To prepare the fried onion, peel and wash the onion and cut them into thin slices. Then put a pan on medium heat and pour two tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and sauté them until golden. Then set them aside.
Repeat the same process for the fried garlic. Peel, slice, and sauté them in the pan for a few minutes. The garlic is done when its aroma is released, and the color turns golden. Garlic burns quickly, so stir it frequently and be careful not to overcook it; otherwise, it will taste bitter. Then set them aside.
Now add the dried mint to the heated oil and fry them for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until it releases its color.
Add half of the fried garlic and fried onion, salt, turmeric, black pepper, and Kashk into the pot in the last 15 minutes of cooking and mix them well. Then let the Ash cook and thicken to reach your desired consistency.
Now taste the seasoning and add more if needed. After the Ash thickens enough, pour it into the desired bowl, garnish it with the fried onion and fried mint, and drizzle some dried mint and Kashk on each bowl. We hope you make Ash Jo like this and enjoy it!
Ashe Jo with meat
To prepare this Ash with meat, you need to chop 500 grams of lamb meat. Then sauté the meat with chopped onion and turmeric in a separate pot. Then add a liter of water, put the pot on the heat, and let the meat simmer for two to three hours until it is tender and well cooked. Then shred the meat and add it along with beans and vegetables to the barley. The rest is the same.