this ash-e-mash is the last meal (other than a simple spaghetti al limone) i cooked (a huge pot of) last year. it is the perfect hearty (and healthy: mung bean health benefits) soup-as-a-meal for the winter months (it’s even cold in san diego now)- – – – >let’s start cooking!
- 1 large onion
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tbs turmeric
- 1 cup peeled and cubed turnips
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup dry mung beans
- 1/4-1/2 cup rice
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions (or about 10-12)
- 2 large bunches fresh cilantro (roughly chopped)
- 1.5 cups fresh (roughly chopped or whole baby ones) spinach
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh dill
- sea salt & pepper (to taste)
- 4 cups (or more) good chicken or vegetable broth
- 2-3 tbs vegetable oil (olive oil or virgin unrefined coconut oil)
- 2 tsp dry mint
1. thinly slice the onion, then fry in the oil with the turmeric in a deep heavy pot or dutch oven. as the onions become golden (about 5 to 7 minutes on medium heat) add the minced garlic and fry for just another minute or two before adding the mung beans.
2. stir the mung beans into the onion mixture, fry for a minute or two, then add the rice and turnips with sea salt and pepper (to taste) and 1 cup of water, along with 3-4 cups of broth and bring to a boil. reduce the heat and allow the mung beans and rice to cook (slow simmer) for 35-45 minutes. add more water or broth if necessary.