Fragrant Yogurt-Meatball Soup Recipe

Updated on June 14, 2019
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Ryan Thomas is a university student who enjoys cooking recipes from a wide variety of culinary traditions.

4 stars from 1 rating of Fragrant Meatball-Yogurt Soup Recipe

It is a rather strange combination for Western cuisine, I suppose, to throw meatballs in a yogurt broth, but it seems to work rather wonderfully in this recipe! The meatballs are superbly and temptingly spiced, while the rich lemony yogurt and rice broth provides a contrasting coolness. The resulting flavor palette is both exotic and diverse, and the meal is hearty, filling, and substantial.

I have adapted this recipe from Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories, by Naz Deravian, from which I have also made a variety of other recipes.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 5 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5 teaspoons salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dill
  • 2 ounces fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried allspice
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Begin with the process of making the meatballs. In a large bowl, combine the meat, 1/2 onion (make sure it is peeled and very finely chopped, for meatballs one needs exceptionally finely chopped onion), and the spices of the peeled and finely chopped garlic, turmeric, basil cumin, cinnamon, oregano, dill, the fresh mint, again cut up into smaller pieces, tarragon, pepper to taste, allspice, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix well.
  2. Shape the meat mixture into small balls on a baking sheet. There should be around 40. Drizzle them with olive oil, then bake in a preheated oven at 425 F degrees for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine together the flour with an equal quantity of water and stir together in a small bowl. In a large casserole, combine together the yogurt with 4 cups of water, then add in the flour-water mixture. Turn on the heat, and bring to a boil while stirring constantly in one direction. Then add in the onion after 10 minutes, boil for 5 minutes longer, then reduce heat to medium and add in the rice and butter, continuing to stir.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes longer, then add in the remaining 3 teaspoons salt, pepper to taste, the cilantro, and the meatballs. Simmer for a final 20 minutes, with continued stirring intermittently, then serve.

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 weeks ago from UK

        This looks like an interesting recipe. The step by step illustrations are very helpful.

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