(Persia Digest) – Goushvareh ‘Ash or potage is a traditional local recipe from Tabriz in northwestern Iran. Goushvareh means earrings in English and this Tabrizi food is called so because of its dough balls. It is a very tasty and popular food that has many fans in spite of the fact that it takes a long time to prepare.


1 Egg

3 Cups flour

200g Minced meat

1 Onion (finely grated)

Turmeric to taste

2 tbsp Tomato paste

50g Butter

1 Cup chickpea

Parsley and coriander (to garnish)

1 tbsp Dried mint

1/4 Cup vinegar

1 Onion (brunoised)

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Dough: Mix the egg, salt and water and gradually add the flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Let the dough rest for half an hour.

Dough filling: Mix the meat with the grated onion, salt and pepper and knead. Make small meatballs the size of hazelnuts and sauté. Turmeric can also be added to the meat if desired.

Earrings: Divide the dough into four portions, roll it out to the thickness of 2mm. Cut it into squares of 2 x 2 cm. Place some of the minced meat on each square and wrap each one up separately.

Goushvareh ‘Ash: Fry the tomato paste, onion, butter and dried mint and add water. Bring to the boil. Then add the earrings, stir and add the chickpeas. Allow to boil for a couple of minutes before adding the vinegar; serve and garnish with parsley or coriander.

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