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Pomegranate Ash with Meatballs

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The countries in the Persian culinary region are home to many religions, languages, cultures and politics. In culinary traditions, however, they have a deep love for food that has tart flavors and is fresh and colorful. You’ll find fresh herbs at every meal and colorful ingredient used such as pomegranates and saffron. Naomi Duguid’s latest book  Taste of Persia shows us through delicious recipes and fascinating stories how diverse and wonderful this region is. To find out more about Naomi Duguid’s other great cookbooks and her culinary travels around the world, go to Naomi Duiguid’s website.

From the author: “Ash is at the heart of Persian home cooking, a category of slow-cooked sustaining soups that are welcoming, subtle, and rewarding for cooks and eaters alike. The soups are also flexible: You can make substitutions, as long as they stay within the feel of the original. This ash is an inviting blend of legumes and rice, flavored with little lamb meatballs. A crowd-pleaser. Like most ash recipes, this one looks long, but please don’t be dismayed. Yes, it takes some time to cook, but it’s a carefree kind of thing to make: Start it on a weekend afternoon and then set it aside until shortly before you want to serve it. Or make it a day ahead, and reheat it to serve. Just make sure it comes to the table hot.”

 

Excerpted from Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2016. Photographs by Gentl & Hyers.

Taste of Persia is the October 2017 selection for the World Spice Cookbook Club. Taste of Persia is currently available for purchase at our retail store and online.


 3 Comments

  1. Martha Williams says:

    This looks like a wonderful. dish.

  2. Dawn Scarrow says:

    I am making this soon (I was given your book and I LOVE it!!!)
    Can either yellow or green split peas be used? Is one more traditional?
    Thanks

    • Sherrie says:

      Yellow would be more traditional, but thinking that green would be just as delicious! Why not? Give it a try and let us know!

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