Lucid Food: Cooking For An Eco-Conscious Life by Louisa Shafia, includes recipes like Tofu Banh Mi Sandwiches; Crispy Yuba Rolls with Lime-Mustard Dipping Sauce; and Ash-e-reshteh (Persian New Year's Soup with Beans, Noodles, and Herbs).
Ash-e-reshteh (Persian New Year's Soup
with Beans, Noodles, and Herbs)
Serves 4 to 8
This countrified soup is often served in late March for Norooz, the Persian new year. With beans, vegetables, noodles, and yogurt, it is a meal in itself. If you can't find fava beans, use limas. Start this recipe the night before to soak the chickpeas, kidneys beans, and fava beans. Boil them in a pot with four cups of water for one minute, then turn off the heat and add a splash of apple cider vinegar. Cover the pot and let them soak overnight.
- 1/2 cup chickpeas,
soaked overnight in water to cover
- 1/4 cup kidney beans, soaked overnight in water to cover
- 1/2 cup dried fava beans, soaked overnight in water to cover,
or 1-1/2 cups frozen lima beans
- 3 yellow onions
- 7 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 cup dried lentils
- 14 cups vegetable or chicken stock
- 1 large handful fresh mint leaves, torn into pieces
- 6 ounces thin egg noodles or linguine, broken into thirds
- 1 bunch leafy greens, stemmed, and coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh dill leaves, minced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
- 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
- 2 cups plain yogurt
Dice 1 of the onions. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add 4 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the onion and saute until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, kidney beans, and fava beans, and add them to the onion along with 4 of the minced cloves of garlic, the turmeric, and lentils. Sauté for 1 minute, then add the stock and bring to a boil. Boil the beans, covered, for 1 hour. Tilt the lid so the pot is partially covered and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1-1/2 hours. Season with salt.
Slice the remaining 2 onions into thin half moons. Heat a sauté pan over high heat and add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onions and fry, stirring frequently, until the onions are brown and caramelized. Add the remaining garlic and the mint and sauté for 1 minute. Season with salt and set aside.
Add the noodles to the soup and cook until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. When the noodles are almost done, add the leafy greens and the fresh herbs and cook for 2 minutes.
Serve with a large dollop of yogurt and a few tablespoons of the sautéed onion mixture.
Cooking For An Eco-Conscious Life
- by Louisa Shafia
- Ten Speed Press 2009
- $22.50; paper; 208 pages; full-color photographs
- ISBN-10: 158008964X
- ISBN-13: 978-1-58008-964-7
- Reprinted by permission.
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