The Healthiest Soup in the World

My homemade version...

Ash-e Reshteh gets my vote for being the healthiest soup in the world. Chickpeas, navy beans, red kidney beans, green lentils, beets, spinach, parsley and dill make up the vegetables and greens in this soup, to which are added the Persian noodles called reshteh and a thick and salty liquid whey called kashk.

Noodles have a special significance during the Iranian New Year, symbolizing the unraveling of difficulties in the year to come.

Darband Kababi ( 5670 Hillcroft, 713-975-8350) offers a very tasty version for $3 a serving.

If you want to try your own at home, I can recommend the recipe in A Taste of Persia, by Najmieh Batmanglij. The book, reshteh and kashk are available at Super Vanak (5692 Hillcroft). – Jay Francis

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