Asheh Kadoo Halvai ~ Butternut Squash
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Serves: 6
  • 2 medium onions
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup split peas
  • ½ cup rice
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 4 lb diced butternut squash
  • 2 cups parsley, packed
  • 2 cups cilantro, packed
  • 2 cups mint, packed
  • 2 cups chives, diced
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil
  1. Small dice one of the onions and sauté in olive oil until translucent. Add 5 minced garlic cloves and ¾ teaspoon of turmeric.
  2. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes then add washed rice and split peas. Add broth plus 2 cups of water. Cover and bring to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes on medium low.Grate the second onion and mix with remaining minced garlic. Add ¼ teaspoon turmeric and cinnamon. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Add ground beef and massage until the ingredients are well incorporated and the meat becomes elastic.
  3. Make meatballs the size of hazelnuts.
  4. Season broth with salt and pepper. Gently add meatballs to the simmering pot. Continue cooking covered for 30 minutes longer.
  5. Add rough chopped herbs. Mix well and continue cooking for 30 minutes longer.
  6. Add cubed butternut squash and simmer on low for 1 hour longer.
  7. Finish soup by warming olive oil until warm. Turn off flame and add dried mint. Allow to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. Add one teaspoon of the infused mint to each bowl of soup.
Recipe by My Persian Kitchen at