I have been wanting to write this post for so long now; not only reshteh soup is a favourite of mine, but there is something rather fascinating about this rich dish of which the origin most probably goes back to many many years ago.
As written in both Arabic and Persian, رشته [reshteh], is a Persian word for noodles. The name reshteh, which can be pronounced slightly differently, including rishtah & rashteh, depending on where you eat it, stands for a few different dishes varying from a popular traditional noodle dish served with a chicken or beaf stew in Algeria, a beautiful simple vegetarian yet hearty lentil and noodle soup in some regions across the Levant, to an elaborate and flavour rich Iranian soup.
And I am quite excited about sharing a recipe of the latter in this post. It requires a bit of work, and I do admit it tastes slightly different from the soup I have had many times before, but it is such a perfect and heart-warming soup. The recipe is an adaption from the one in Najmieh Batmanglij’s book “Food of Life”, where she mentions that according to Persian traditions, noodles “bring good fortune” and are eaten “before embarking on something new”. It is a beautiful tradition; and somehow it makes this post the perfect choice to start the year with. (more…)