Vegan Ash-e Anar

14 Sep

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1 cup yellow split peas, rinsed
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
6 cups vegetable stock or water
1/2 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed
1/4 cup pomegranate molasses
1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (garnish)

Step Uno:
Get a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat (350 degrees). When it’s hot enough, add olive oil (which I love using!) wait a bit, and then swirl it around so it coats the bottom of the pan. Add the onions and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until it’s translucent. Take the garlic and stir it in, then add the split peas and stir for 2 minutes.

Step Dos:
Add the turmeric (I use this often, makes beef bearable!), cinnamon, crushed fennel seeds and cayenne, then stir to cover the vegetables.
Pour in the vegetable stock/water and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to a medium boil, cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until the peas are tender.

Step Tres:
Add the rice (..which I’m addicted to..), cover again and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked. Stir in the pomegranate molasses (found in many oriental stores and in Woodmans…if you have Woodmans nearby) and herbs, then simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes so the herbs wilt (I just use dried herbs.)

Step Cuatro: Remove from heat, season with a little salt and some pepper (the almighty pepper. I use it in a lot of salty food).)
Ladle it into bowls (but…you don’t need a ladle…) garnish it with pomegranate and serve hot.
It serves 6-8 people.
Which is the usual for an Iranian family C:


5 Responses to “Vegan Ash-e Anar”

  1. Somer September 15, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    There it is! Looks fantastic!

    • thebohiranian September 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      thank you ❤ and it tastes even better than it looks o3o

      • Somer September 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

        A lot of things do! 🙂

      • thebohiranian September 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

        aha I see that now. Also, I’m going vegetarian next month (and I’m also cutting out milk, because I love soy milk) hopefully this goes well because I’ve noticed last week went well 🙂

      • Somer October 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

        Great job! keep it up!

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