Kartopi Pshejur Recipe
The simplest and the most delicious comfort soup called: Kartopi pshejur, of course from my traditional Armenian cuisine. The name comes from ingredients that are used to make it. It’s a very satisfying potato soup with added sautéed onions, spices and thyme, an herb that’s widely used in the region Tavush. And when the soup has flour as ingredient, it is called: pshejur , coming from the words “poshi/ dust flour” and “jur /water”.
Couldn’t help to add a few extra ingredients, as I normally do with most traditional recipes, and it turned out scrumptious . I’ll make sure to put down the exact ingredients for both traditional and my version . Hope many will give this dish a try and love it as much as I did.
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Recipe is good for 4-5 people
3-4 medium potatoes, peeled cubed
5-6 cups cold water for cooking the potatoes
2-3 tbs vegetable oil,1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely grated ( my addition to original recipe)
1 tbs flour plus ¼ cup cold water ,1 garlic clove minced (my addition to original recipe )
½ tbs tomato paste
1 tbs red pepper paste ( my addition)
1 can of chickpeas ( my addition)
Dry or fresh thyme 1 tsp
Salt, black and red pepper, coriander to taste
Start by cooking potatoes: in a pot combine cubed potatoes and cold water, cook until tender
Using a potato masher, coarsely mash the cooked potatoes
Meanwhile prepare the rest for your soup
Preheat the skillet , add oil and onions, sauté until translucent
Mix in carrots and cook 1-2 minutes
Stir in flour , cook 2 minutes and add ¼ cup water , you may need more or less, just enough to make not too thick custard consistency
Next come tomato and pepper pastes, spices and herb , feel free to use fresh herbs if you wish
Add all ingredients except chickpeas and egg
Prepared custard can now be added to cooked and mashed potatoes in 2-3 additions and stir constantly to avoid forming lumps
Next add chickpeas and allow to cook 2-3 minutes
Beat the egg, turn off the heat and slowly pour it into hot soup , stir once , close the lid and allow to set 10-15 minutes