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Ashak Recipe, an authentic Afghan dumpling

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 Today we are here to introduce one of the popular Afghan dishes. Ashak is an authentic and traditional Afghan dish. It is a kind of dumpling filled with chives and cilantro and served with two sauces: creamy garlic yogurt sauce and tomato-based meat or split yellow pea. Afghan people prepare this dumpling on holidays and special ceremonies When all the family members are together and have enough time to prepare a time-consuming meal. Family members sit together and work together to fill and cook the dumplings.

Afghan Ashak

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Ingredients for AShak  dough

Flour480 gram
Water1/5 cup
Salt1 Tbsp
OilĀ 1/2 Tbsp

Ingredients for Ashak filling

Chives450 gram
Cilantro1/4 cup
Black pepper1 tsp
OilĀ 1 Tbsp

Ingredients for tomato with yellow split pea sauce

Yellow split pea1/2 cup
Garlic2 cloves
OilĀ 2 Tbsp
Boiling waterĀ  Ā½ cup
tomato paste2 Tbsp

Ingredients for yogurt and garlic sauce 

yogurt1/2 cup
garlic1 clove
dried mint1 Tbsp
salt Ā½ cup

How to make Ashak

Step 1- preparing Ask dough

Put flour, salt, and oil in a large bowl and add water slowly. While adding water, stir the mixture with a spoon until mixed. Then knead for 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and consistent. Cover the bowl’s lid with cellophane and put it in the refrigerator for 45 minutes to rest.

Step 2- cutting the dough

After 45 minutes, remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide it into 4 equal parts. Sprinkle a little flour on a flat surface and place one part of the dough on it. Roll out the dough well with a rolling pin until it is 3 mm thick. Then cut the dough into circles.

Step 3-Preparing dumplings

Wash the chives and cilantro, chop them finely in a bowl, then add salt, pepper, and oil and mix them well. Take the cut dough and put a tablespoon of the middle mixture into the dough. Put the mixture on half of the circle and turn the other half of the dough over. Moisten the edges of the dough a little so that they stick together well. Prepare all the dumplings in the same way.

Preparing dumplings for ashak

Step 4- Cooking the dumplings

fill a pot with water and place it on the flame. Add some salt and Wait for the water to boil. Put the prepared dumplings in boiling water and let it boil for 4-5 minutes. Then remove from the water.

Step 5-Preparing the tomato with yellow split pea sauce

As we said, there are two types of sauces in the preparation of Ashak. First, we prepare the tomato sauce.

 Soak the yellow split pea in water for 30 minutes. Chop an onion and fry until it becomes golden and soft.  Then add garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add the yellow split pea to the pan and fry it. Then add spices, including salt, turmeric, and red pepper, to the ingredients and stir well until they are combined. Dissolve the tomato paste in a cup of water and add it to the pan. Cover the pan and stay on low heat for 30 to 40 minutes until the yellow split pea is cooked.

Step 6- preparing the garlic and yogurt sauce

Pour the yogurt into a bowl. Chop the garlic and add it to the yogurt. Add dry mint and salt and stir well to combine. Finally, add water to the yogurt to dilute the yogurt and form a sauce.

Serving the Ashak

Prepare the serving plate. Put 2 tablespoons of yogurt sauce and garlic on a plate and arrange the dumplings. Pour some tomato sauce on the dumplings and use the yogurt sauce again.

Afghan Ashak

Our delicious dumpling is ready .let us know what you think about Ashak by leaving a comment; we would be glad to hear more from you. Also, I have covered another recipe in Afghan cuisine entitled: Kabuli Pulao; don’t forget to read it.

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