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“An Iranian favorite from chef Najmieh Batmanglij. This is her recipe from her Food of Life cookbook. Don't be scared off by the long prep time, it's really only 15 minutes plus 24 hours of soaking.”
26hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the meat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot, add the water, bring to a boil, skim the froth as it forms until it stops forming. Add onions, salt, pepper and turmeric. Bring back to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer over low heat for 2 hours or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone. Add more warm water if needed. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized saucepan, place the drained wheat, chickpeas, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer over low heat for 2 hours or until the wheat is tender. Add more warm water if necessary.
  4. Drain the meat thought a fine-mesh sieve. Pour back the strained stock into pot. Separate the meat from the bones and return it to the pot. Discard the bones and anything else left in the sieve. Add the cooked wheat and chickpeas to the pot. Place the pot over medium-low heat, and use a handheld mixer to puree the meat, wheat, and chickpeas in the pot, and mix for 10 to 15 minutes until you have a homogenized, slightly elastic puree and the meat and wheat have thoroughly blended together. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Spoon the porridge into individual serving bowls. Garnish to taste with a little melted butter, cinnamon, and confectioners' sugar on the top. Nush-e Jan!

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