Ash-E-Jow (Iranian/Persian Barley Soup) Recipe

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law adds tomato paste for a bit of a different flavour and she doesn Ash-e-jow (Iranian/Persian Barley Soup) Recipe
Ash-e-jow (Iranian/Persian Barley Soup)

Recipe by: Autumn Leaves
“I’ve seen a lot of recipes for this soup; however, my mother-in-law adds tomato paste for a bit of a different flavour and she doesn’t add any lentils or beans. It’s thick, filling, and delicious, and you could make it vegetarian by using vegetable stock.”

Prep 10 m
Cook 2 h
Ready In 2 h 10 m


2 quarts chicken stock
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup uncooked pearl barley
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup tomato paste
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
8 lime wedges


Heat the chicken stock in a pot to a gentle simmer.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat and saute the onion until translucent. Add the pearl barley to the pot and stir for one minute. Stir in the hot chicken stock, turmeric, lime juice, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour.

Mix in the carrots and continue simmering 30 minutes or until the soup has thickened and the carrots and barley are tender. If the soup is too thick, add hot water, one tablespoon at a time.

Place the sour cream in a small bowl. Slowly pour 1/2 cup of hot soup mixture into sour cream, whisking constantly. Gradually add the sour cream mixture into the soup pot, whisking constantly. Stir in the fresh parsley. Serve with fresh lime wedges.

Source: Allrecipes

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