Spas (soup)Friday, October 8, 2021
Comfort food at its finest: Armenian yogurt soup Spas.
This simple dish has a great, tangy and creamy taste. It can be served as refreshing, cold soup for summertime or hot and heartwarming comfort soup in cold season. Very few ingredients are needed to make this truly delicious Armenian yogurt soup Spas.
This soup can be made with rice or peeled wheat, both versions of the soup are equally tasty.
The key to having a smooth and creamy Spas is taking time and stir it constantly until it boils.
This recipe will reduce the time of stirring as the soup is being made with boiling water and half cooked wheat.
2 cups of plain yogurt (or a small jar 16 oz strained yogurt)
1 tbs all purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat groats (or rice), soaked in hot water for 30 min
5-6 cups of boiling water
20-50 grams of unsalted butter or vegetable
3-5 sticks of scallions (green onions)
3-4 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped (or mint ,dry or fresh)
Salt to taste
Wash and drain wheat groats , soak in boiled water for about minutes, drain, and set aside
In a large pot combine: yogurt, flour, egg and whisk until smooth, without any lumps
Add the wheat, mix and slowly start pouring hot water, stir continually while adding the water.
Start cooking on high heat, while stirring constantly
As it boils, reduce the heat and allow to simmer 7-10 minutes or until the wheat is fully cooked and tender.
While the soup is simmering, prepare the butter and onions by simply sautéing the onions
Pour the browned butter and onion mixture in the soup
Add the salt for taste
Serve with freshly chopped cilantro (dry or fresh mint)
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