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Mar 22, 2011 05:11 AM

Persian New Year/noodle soup/Ash reshteh questions

I posted this in home cooking and didn't get a response; since there is a local question as well, trying here.

I have a recipe from the "new food of life" that calls for 6 pounds/10 cups of spinach for 4 cups beef broth along with fresh herbs, beans, lentils, and spices. Other recipes I've found on the web call for far less spinach. Is this possibly a misprint?

also the receipe calls for 1.5 cup liquid whey (Kashk). I found a jar of "Keshk" at an Armenian grocer in Watertown. Ingredients read : dry milk, salt, crushed wheat. Is this the same as Kashk? How do I reconstitute it/make it liquid? Or, is there a local source for liquid Kashk?

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  1. Don't know the answers but Tabrizi bakery in Watertown was jammed on Saturday with folks getting cookies for the Persian New Year - and they have a number of packaged foods in addition to the baked goods, so if you are in the area, it's probably worth a stop in to see if they have what you are looking for. Maybe they can also answer your questions.

    1. Wikipedia has a good, reliable-sounding account of kashk/keshk/kishk.

      1. Also, are you using "New Food of Life" by Najmieh Batmanglij? I can't find the recipe you mention in it. My book also has a recipe for kashk, but it takes days for the yoghurt to sour properly.

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        1. re: FoodDabbler

          Yes, that's the cookbook. The Ash/noodle soup recipe is page 66. The Watertown markets didn't have fresh spinach but I found 4 pounds at Christos market in Arlington so I'll make it with 4 pounds rather than 6 and see how it turns out! thanks!

          1. re: Madrid

            Let us know how it turns out. Six lbs. of spinach is a lot, but not disproportionate to the quantities of other ingredients. It's interesting that the soup is supposed to yield six servings. It reads more as if it will yield 6 full meals.

            Interesting indexing, as well, in the book. The soup does not show up under spinach or under kashk even though they are major ingredients, at least as important as the noodles.

            1. re: FoodDabbler

              You might also check in with Fiouna's catering and take-out on the Nonantum-Watertown line (near Russo's). They're super nice, the food is delicious, and they have special meals available for the Persian New Year. (They are closed over the holiday itself, however)

        2. you should be able to get refrigerated Kashk from super heros in watertown

          1. thanks everyone...I found refrigerated liquid kashk at Eastern Lamejun. The soup turned out fine with 4 pounds of spinach...6 would have been way too much.