Cooking enthusiast and Armenian cookbook author, Sonia Tashjian, sent me a recipe for a special food traditionally served on
the last Thursday before Easter (Zadik). In Armenian it is ‘Avak Hinkshapti’.
moments. When He was on the cross, He begged for water, but the soldiers gave
Him vinegar. So this soup is dedicated to that event.
sour + BAS= Lent).
|Ttvebas – Photos courtesy of Sonia Tashjian|
(NOTE: This recipe has not yet been tested in The Armenian Kitchen.)
1 cup canned, rinsed chick peas may be substituted to speed up the preparation
½ cup of shelled wheat (dzedzadz) (Found in most Middle
Eastern stores) NOTE: barley can be substituted
|Arishda, on right|
1 lb. of fresh spinach, washed and coarsely chopped
not – too- thin noodle may be used
add more as needed
(white, red wine, or apple cider vinegar)
in 6 cups of water (or vegetable broth); cook for about 30 minutes. Add the lentils
and shelled wheat (or barley) and continue to cook until they begin to soften,
about 20 to 30 minutes more. If using canned chick peas, they should be added after
the first 30 minute cooking time.
of the legumes separately and keeping them in the freezer for recipes such as
season with salt, and black and red pepper, according to your taste.
ingredients are tender.
It is from centuries before, when people used to prepare foods with grains and
legumes to serve to the gods. The grain, legumes & dried fruits are from
previous year & symbolize the harvest. But the fresh spinach represents the
arrival of spring. Because this recipe is full of grain and legumes, the
vinegar helps make it more digestible.
in the freezer, so that whenever I need it I can use them. But if you are going
to cook the dry legumes together, first put the peas and chickpea in to cook,
then the wheat and lentils are added in the same pot.
they rarely use barley. It’s used more in Russian cuisine.
broth. There is no butter or oil in the recipe. There are a lot of such soups
in Armenian traditional cuisine.
You can use the simple Italian pasta, flat & not thin (as a substitute).
apple vinegar, because I prepare it in my house.