Pistachio soup, the taste of Kerman

Kerman is the city of Pistachio in Iran and, truly in the world. Pistachio has the main rule in all traditional events and customs in Kerman.


The pistachio soup is one of Kerman traditions but it is, unfortunately, not as popular as in the past and people only seldom prepare it.  The recipe has changed a bit to be easier for everyday cooking so that everyone can serve it and appreciate the taste of old times.

For  serving 4 persons

1 cup Fresh or dried pistachio (unsalted)
400 ml rice milk

1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
8 to 10 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3 or 4 (100 to 150 gr.) scallion, chopped
1 or 2 curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 liter vegetable stock or 1 liter boiling water with 1 stock cube
50 gr. butter
2 tablespoon rice flour

for garnish/serving
fresh lime juice
fresh or dried pistachio, chopped

To prepare the soup first of all heat a heavy-base pot over medium heat. Add coriander, ginger, cumin and chili powder, and toast the spices for 30 seconds, add olive oil and fry them for a few more seconds, add the chopped garlic and scallion and cook them in spices until golden-brown.  Add turmeric, curry leaves, salt and pepper, stir and wait for few seconds then add vegetable stock or hot water + stock cube, wait until boiling.

Use a electric blender to blend pistachio and rice milk together, then add the mix to the pot, wait till boiling, reduce heat and let it bubble for 10 minutes. In between, mix butter and flour with hand and add to the soup, stir very slowly and let the butter-flour mix melt into the soup. Reduce heat or use flame tamer to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Use electric hand blender to blend the whole soup till smooth and creamy, let it cook for other 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the soup rest for few minutes.

Add fresh lime juice and some chopped fresh pistachios. Pour the soup into the soup bowls, garnish with some fresh mint, and serve.








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